Bartle Frere Trail (Josephine Falls)
  • Length: 15km

  • Duration: 2 days

  • Grade: 5

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Josephine Falls Walk, Wooroonooran

  • End: Josephine Falls Walk, Wooroonooran

  • Location: Atherton Tablelands

  • Closest Town:

  • Distance from CBD: 1,625 km

  • State: QLD

  • Latitude: -17.43254524

  • Longitude: 145.8594704

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2WD Access
Bitumen Road
Large Car Park
Public Toilets
Accessible Toilet
Accessible Parking
Drinking Water
Picnic Shelter
Picnic Table

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Bitumen Road

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Steep Road

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Speed Bumps

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Entry Fee

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Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

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Campfire Pit

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Rough Trail
Rainforest Walk
Rock Scrambling
Steep Terrain
River Crossings
Scenic Viewpoints
Untreated Water
Swimming Spots
Overnight Campsites

Atherton Tablelands...

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Mountain Bike Trail

Historic Rail Trail

Dog Friendly

Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

Alpine Huts

Exposed Ledges

Rock Scrambling

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Bush Bashing

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Bartle Frere Trail is a 15km, grade 5 one way hike, located in Atherton Tablelands, Queensland. The hike should take approximately 2 days to complete.

Hike Summary

Climbing the summit of Queensland’s highest mountain offers a challenging way to explore part of the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Bellenden Ker Range in Wooroonooran National Park. From Josephine Falls, walkers can walk to the summit and return or continue on to Junction Camp at the Atherton Tableland (both walks are 15 kilometres and take two days). The trail starts at an altitude of 100 metres and rises to 1,622 metres at the summit; an average gradient of one in five.

About the region

The Atherton Tableland is a fertile plateau which is part of the Great Dividing Range in Queensland, Australia. It is located west to south-south-west inland from Cairns. Although it is in the tropical latitudes, its elevated position provides a climate suitable for dairy farming. It has an area of around 32,000 km2 with an altitude ranging between 500 and 1,280 m (1,640 and 4,200 ft). The fertility of the soils in the region can be attributed to the volcanic origins of the land.

The principal river flowing across the plateau is the Barron River. It was dammed to form an irrigation reservoir named Lake Tinaroo. Tinaroo Hydro, a small 1.6MW Hydroelectric power station is located near the spillway.


For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Queensland.com

 

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One thought on “Bartle Frere Trail (Josephine Falls) (15km)

  1. It’s actually 7.5km one way, 15km return. You should have at least 3L of water when leaving Big Rock camp for an east approach, which is the last reliable water source before the ascent. The builder field is a dangerous undertaking and one slip could see you fall 10m with no way to climb out. Camping near the summit is possible, but not advised, due to very high winds and high chance of rain. Be prepared for leaches in the wet season.

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