HIKE – 3 Day Mt. Bartle Frere Traverse

HIKE – 3 Day Mt. Bartle Frere Traverse
Challenging, fully supported 3 day trek up and over the highest mountain in Qld. – for experienced hikers only.


DAY 1 – Eastern trailhead to Big Rock Camp and Broken Nose return
An early start allows the group to meet and greet in either Cairns and/or Yungaburra – depending on where the group is based. We then transfer to Josephine Falls in Wooroonooran National Park about 75km south of Cairns, check gear at the eastern trailhead and get underway on a 3 km ‘warm up’ hike to Big Rock Camp. Here we drop packs, have a snack, refill water bottles and hike to the beautiful lookout at Broken Nose at 962m. This is a challenging 4km/4 hour return trip but we are rewarded on our return with a swim and relax in Majuba Creek before setting up camp and preparing the evening meal.

DAY 2 – Big Rock camp to Eastern Summit camp
We enjoy an early breakfast and swim before breaking camp and embarking on the 4.5km hike to the Eastern Summit Camp. While todays hike is relatively short expect to be on the trail for about 4.5 hours as the altitude gain is ‘impressive’. Fortunately we are under a beautiful mixed rainforest canopy for most of the day. On arrival at Eastern Summit Camp we relax/rest and enjoy some of the best views in North Qld. taking in the Coral Sea and surrounding countryside. By early evening we will be ready for a hearty, group cooked dinner and early turn in.

DAY 3 – Eastern Summit camp to western trailhead via Bartle Frere summit
We have an early start and enjoy the beautiful sunrise and views over breakfast. Once we have broken camp we encounter a challenging boulder crossing before summiting at 1,622m.  After a rest we hike down to the Western Summit Camp on the headwaters of the Russell River. En route we stop for  short breaks at North West Peak and a swim in the beautiful Bobbin Bobbin Falls. We may also be fortunate enough to spot the rare, endemic Golden Bowerbird and its intricate bower. Todays hike is approximately 8km, descending 700m through beautiful upland rainforest.

After an exhilarating three day traverse of the highest mountain in Qld. we reach our TAG transfer at the Gourka Road takeout and transfer back to Cairns or Yungaburra.

View from the topRhododendron lochiae - grows only on a few Queensland mountainsTop of the mountain3 Day Mt. Bartle Frere Traverse


  • Guest transfers
  • Professional/awesome guide/s
  • Nourishing cuisine, snacks and drinks whilst on tour
  • Quality camping gear – tents, sleeping mats etc.
  • Interpretation of the local environment
  • Quality tents and all camping gear, if required
  • All National Park permits


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$850/guest all inclusive, discounted to $750/guest for groups of 4 or more guests
– minimum numbers apply

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