Camping on Bartle Frere
The Bartle Frere trail is rugged and remote, with isolated camping sites. Only experienced and extremely fit bushwalkers should attempt the trail. Prepare thoroughly to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable walking and camping experience. Eastern access to the trail is from Josephine Falls car park, where camp sites are walk-in only. Western access starts from Junction camp (accessible via vehicle), then camp sites are walk-in only.
There are 4 camping areas along the trail: from west to east they are, Junction camp, Western Summit camp, Eastern Summit camp and Big Rock camp. Bush camping is also allowed along any part of the trail if required. No facilities are provided. There is an evacuation hut at the Eastern Summit camp for emergency use only. It should not be relied upon for shelter. There is a small creek at Western Summit camp but no guaranteed water along the trail.
Camping permits are required and fees apply. All camping along the Bartle Frere trail must be pre-booked—self-registration at camping areas is not possible. Bookings are not for specific camping areas, but for the trail as a whole.
On the Bartle Frere trail, camping bookings are not for specific camping areas. Your camping permit is for the whole trail. A maximum capacity of 12 groups applies to the whole trail. Your camping permit will allow you to camp at any one of the 4 camping areas.
There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around the towns between Townsville and Cairns and on the Atherton Tableland. These include hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, farm stays, eco-lodges, caravan parks and commercial camping areas.
For more information see the tourism information links.
The Bartle Frere camping areas include rainforest, camping beside creeks and fabulous views over Innisfail and the undulating Atherton Tableland.
- Tent camping
- No caravan camping
- No camper trailer camping
- No campfires
- No toilets
- No showers
- No barbecue
- No picnic tables
- No wheelchair access
- No generators allowed
- No dogs permitted