Mount Bartle Frere

The highest mountain in Queensland, Australia. It's about 50km south of Cairns and climbing it is more of a challenging bush walk than a mountain climb. Listing the mountain here is more for completeness of information about Australia's highest peak than mountain climbing challenges. There appear to be 2 different appraoches to climbing Bartle Frere. One is a 15km, 1 to 2 day bush walk accessed from Butcher's Creek near Atherton, the other a 6km walk from Josephine Falls near Babinda.

Web searches using the phrase Bartle Frere and mount or mt will return lots of information about getting to the summit.

Elevation (feet): 5,321
Elevation (meters): 1,622
Continent: Australia/Oceania
Country: Australia
Range/Region: Cape York Ranges
Latitude: -17.3833
Longitude: 145.817
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Cairns
Convenient Center: Babinda, Innisfail, Atherton

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 4 trip reports for Mount Bartle Frere.

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  • Log #22453 - by frenchie on Dec 06, 20134 Stars
    Walked up the east side (start at Josephine Falls) 3 hours up, 2 and a half down. Nice trail, easy to find your way up. Be careful, the 3 first kms are really easy (I've done them jogging) but then...
  • Log #22141 - by Plant.nerd on Mar 09, 2011
    We started out from Josephine Falls elevation 100m early in the Morning as the sun came up the head and humidity were palpable as where the leeches. We were averaging one small leech per step I...
  • Log #19125 - by Louis-Philippe Loncke on Jan 07, 2005
    1st June 2005. I used my lonely palnet walking in australia, guide book. It was raining, with some mist, clouds, and MANY leeches. It is recommended to do the climb in 2 days.
  • Log #17830 - by Kevin Stevenson on June 20, 2004
    Well climbing Frere was a fun journey...I planned to stay overnight on top of the mountain however when I reached the top after 6 hours and 1000 leaches it began to rain....also distorting my view...