Climb Mount Bartle Frere

Traverse the highest peak in Queensland on this adventurous jungle trek. 3 days, 2 nights.

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Climb Mount Bartle Frere

Traverse the highest peak in Queensland on this adventurous jungle trek. 3 days, 2 nights.

  • Australia
  • June
  • Cairns International Airport, Cairns (CNS)

Hike through lush tropical rainforest and cool, misty cloud forest on your way to the only tropical summit of the famous “State 8”. You’ll trek along challenging jungle trails, stopping often to play in spectacular swimming holes and enjoy breathtaking views of far north Queensland. Keep an eye out for bowerbirds, cassowaries, tree kangaroos and other unique tropical wildlife. Your bushwalking adventure includes:

  • 3-day guided traverse of Mount Bartle Frere
  • 2 nights of camping in Wooroonooran National Park
  • Professional, experienced mountain guide
  • All meals and snacks
  • Return transfers from Cairns
  • Camping equipment
  • National Park fees

Perfect for:
Intrepid hikers and nature-lovers who want to summit a big mountain with enough time to explore, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. No previous experience needed.

What to Expect

Day 1: Hike to Big Rock Camp and Broken Nose lookout

Meet your guide bright and early in Cairns and drive south to Wooroonooran National Park (1 hour).

Kick it up a notch with a swim at Josephine Falls, then enjoy a hot cuppa and a snack before hitting the trail.

Just 3.5km later arrive at Big Rock Camp. Drop your packs—you’re not done yet.

Hike up to Broken Nose lookout. On the way your guide will help you identify birds and plants, and focus your senses on the forest life around you.

Enjoy epic views from Broken Nose, then return to camp for a refreshing swim in Majuba Creek.

Dinner and fortified wine finishes off the day. Fall asleep listening to the sounds of the rainforest.

2+ hours of hiking to camp, then 4 hours return to Broken Nose

Day 2: Hike to Eastern Summit Camp

Wake up in the depths of the rainforest and enjoy a hot drink on the banks of Majuba Creek.

Pack up and continue your hike. The distance is short but challenging.

Pull yourself up by roots, trees and rocks as you ascend steep sections of trail. It’s sweaty, physical work, but the jungle canopy keeps you shaded.

Arrive at camp in the afternoon with time to rest and relax while taking in the view of far northern Queensland and the Coral Sea.

Enjoy a hearty, group-cooked dinner, then fall asleep under the stars.

5 hours of hiking

Day 3: Summit Mount Bartle Frere and hike out

Wake up early and watch the sun break through the mist while you fuel up with a hot breakfast.

Climb the final 500m of the mountain via an exciting boulder field, then emerge at the summit of the highest peak in Queensland.

Relax, eat a snack, and photograph the awesome view.

Descend to Frog’s Hollow and the headwaters of the Russell River, taking plenty of breaks along the way to swim, take photos, and learn about local wildlife.

Your transfer is waiting at the Western Trailhead to take you back to Cairns.

The adventure is over, but the memories—and the photos—will last a lifetime.

6 - 8 Hours of hiking

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, trail conditions, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll bushcamp in Wooroonooran National Park. There are no facilities at the campsites, so you can expect a peaceful wilderness experience in the heart of the rainforest.

Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Location

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Mount Bartle Frere is the highest mountain in Queensland (1622m) and one of the “State 8”, the highest peaks in each state. The mountain is covered from bottom to top in rainforest, ranging from typical tropical forest at the base to cool, misty cloud forest at the summit.

The mountain is located in Wooroonooran National Park, home to some of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. There are over 500 species of trees in the park, as well as a wealth of bird species including bowerbirds, fairywrens, fernwrens, chowchillas and cassowaries. Also keep an eye out for possums, tree kangaroos, frogs and skinks.

Start point?
Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Cairns early on day one. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You’ll be dropped off in Cairns on day 3 evening, either at your accommodation or at the airport. If you’re flying out that evening, please schedule your flight to depart no earlier than 20:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Cairns Airport (CNS) is served by frequent, inexpensive flights from all over the country. There are no flights early enough on Friday morning to meet your guide, so you’ll need to arrive the previous night.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Cairns
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8.

Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Mount Bartle Frere is a challenging hike. Though the trail distances are short, the terrain is steep and complex. You’ll gain 1500m of elevation over just 7.5km.

Many sections of the trail are slippery or loose, so you’ll need to use your hands to pull yourself up. The final approach to the summit involves boulder hopping.

This trip is suitable for hikers with a good level of fitness, and, more importantly, an adventurous attitude. No previous experience is needed.

Your guides are foodies, so you can expect to eat well. Plenty of fresh, nutritious food is supplied from morning tea on the first day to afternoon tea on the last day. A dram of fortifiedwine is included with dinner. Examples include:

  • Snacks: Baked goodies, hard boiled eggs, trail mix.
  • Breakfast: Tropical fruit, cereals, yoghurt and porridge; beans, zucchini, eggs and bacon on toast.
  • Lunch: Fresh salads, wraps or sandwiches.
  • Dinner: Cheese and nut platters, campfire roasts, veggie salads, pastas, stir fries, or casseroles.

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

The climate is mild tropical, so not as humid as the coast. During the winter you can expect mild, sunny days and cool, refreshing nights. The region is quite rainy, but your guide is always prepared with a backup plan.

Camping equipment is provided, including tents, sleeping mats, cooking equipment, eating utensils, and first aid supplies.

You must bring your own sleeping bag and personal hiking gear. Your host will send you a full packing list after you book, but the basic list includes:

  • Comfortable, breathable clothing for hiking
  • Thermal top and bottom
  • Warm jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Sturdy, waterproof, broken-in hiking boots or shoes
  • Woollen socks
  • Warm hat and light gloves
  • Sun protection (hat, sunblock, sun glasses)
  • Backpack for carrying hiking and camping equipment, including your portion of the food and water (~60L)
  • Head torch

Start point?
Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Cairns early on day one. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You’ll be dropped off in Cairns on day 3 evening, either at your accommodation or at the airport. If you’re flying out that evening, please schedule your flight to depart no earlier than 20:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Cairns Airport (CNS) is served by frequent, inexpensive flights from all over the country. There are no flights early enough on Friday morning to meet your guide, so you’ll need to arrive the previous night.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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