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Camping along the Bartle Frere trail, Wooroonooran National Park

There are four bush camping areas have been established along the trail: 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. Bookings are not for specific camping areas, but for the trail as a whole.

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Junction camp

Camp features: bush camp surrounded by rainforest.

Location: at the west end of the walking trail, 20km by gravel road from the park entrance on the Atherton Tableland.

Access: the camp site can usually be reached by conventional vehicles. In the wet season, check road conditions by contacting the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Atherton office as the road may be closed, or suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

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 things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or over-the-counter or by phone. Note: Bookings are not for specific camping areas, but for the Bartle Frere trail as a whole.

Mobile phone coverage: poor. Satellite phone 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 camp site 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 things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or over-the-counter or by phone. Note: Bookings are not for specific camp sites, but for the Bartle Frere trail as a whole.

Mobile phone coverage: not available. Satellite phone 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 camp site 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 things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or over-the-counter or by phone. Note: Bookings are not for specific camping areas, but for the Bartle Frere trail as a whole.

Mobile phone coverage: poor. Satellite phone 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: camp site 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 things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online or over-the-counter or by phone. Note: Bookings are not for specific camping areas, but for the Bartle Frere trail as a whole.

Mobile phone coverage: poor. Satellite phone recommended.

Last updated
28 March 2017