Bartle Frere trail, Wooroonooran National Park Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Steven Nowakowski © Queensland Government

Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Bartle Frere trail camping

The Bartle Frere camping areas include rainforest, camping beside creeks and fabulous views over Innisfail and the undulating Atherton Tableland.

Accessible by

  • Walk-in

Camping area facilities

  • Tent camping
  • Walking

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. Camping is also allowed along any part of the trail if required. No facilities are provided.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.

Park-specific conditions

All camping along the Bartle Frere trail must be pre-booked—self-registration at camping areas is not possible. 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.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

Junction camp

Camp features: bush camp surrounded by rainforest.

Location: at the western end of the walking trail, 2km by gravel road from the park entrance on the Atherton Tableland. See Getting there.

Access: the camping area can usually be reached by conventional vehicles. In the wet season, check Park Alerts.

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites.

Campsites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car and walk-in camping.

Campsite surface: dirt and grass.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: prohibited. Bring a fuel stove.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, food, rubbish bags, insect repellent and fuel stove. Read more about before you visit.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options. Note: Bookings are not for specific camping areas, but for the Bartle Frere trail as a whole.

Mobile phone coverage: poor. Satellite phone or Personal Location Beacon (PLB) recommended.

Western Summit camp

Camp features: bush camping opportunities in a small clearing beside a creek.

Location: 8km walk from the Junction camp and the Atherton Tableland (west) end of the walking trail. The Bartle Frere summit is 750m from this camp.

Access: the camping area can be reached only on foot.

Number of sites: a small open area without separately defined sites.

Campsites are suitable for: walk-in camping.

Campsite surface: dirt and grass.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: prohibited. Bring a fuel stove.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, food, rubbish bags, insect repellent and fuel stove. Read more about before you visit.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options. Note: Bookings are not for specific camp sites, but for the Bartle Frere trail as a whole.

Mobile phone coverage: poor. Satellite phone or Personal Location Beacon (PLB) recommended.

Eastern Summit camp

Camp features: bush camp with fabulous views over Innisfail and the undulating Atherton Tableland.

Location: 7km walk from the Josephine Falls carpark and the east end of the walking trail. This camp site is about one hour’s walk from the Bartle Frere summit.

Access: the camping area can be reached only on foot.

Number of sites: an open area without separately defined sites.

Campsites are suitable for: walk-in camping.

Campsite surface: dirt and grass.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: prohibited. Bring a fuel stove.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, food, rubbish bags, insect repellent and fuel stove. Read more about before you visit.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options. Note: Bookings are not for specific camping areas, but for the Bartle Frere trail as a whole.

Mobile phone coverage: poor. Satellite phone or Personal Location Beacon (PLB) recommended.

Big Rock camp

Camp features: bush camping opportunities in the rugged wilderness of the Bellenden Ker Range.

Location: 3km walk from Josephine Falls car park area (east) approach

Access: camping area can be reached on foot only.

Number of sites: an open area without separately defined sites.

Campsites are suitable for: walk-in camping.

Campsite surface: dirt and grass.

Facilities: none.

Open fires: prohibited. Bring a fuel stove.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, food, rubbish bags, insect repellent and fuel stove. Read more about before you visit.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options. Note: Bookings are not for specific camping areas, but for the Bartle Frere trail as a whole.

Mobile phone coverage: poor. Satellite phone or Personal Location Beacon (PLB) recommended.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Bartle Frere safely and camp with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.