Bartle Frere Trail Camping

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The Bartle Frere trail camping areas are situated amidst the enchanting rainforest and scenic landscapes, offering an array of experiences including creekside camping and panoramic vistas over Innisfail and the undulating Atherton Tableland.

Facilities & Amenities

  • Suitable For Tents

  • Toilets


  • Amplified music is not permitted. For the benefit of all campers

Additional rules

1) Open fires: prohibited. Bring a fuel stove.

2) Generators: not permitted.

Things to know

There are two access points to the trail: the eastern access begins at the Josephine Falls car park, while the western access starts from Junction camp. The trail comprises four distinct camping areas, each offering a unique atmosphere and connection to nature. From west to east, these camping areas are Junction camping area, Western Summit camping area, Eastern Summit camping area, and Big Rock camping area. Each camping area accommodates a maximum of 8 people per night, with a group size limit of 4 people. These camping areas are designed to be walk-in sites, providing an intimate connection to the surroundings. Facilities at the camping areas are minimal to encourage a more authentic experience and to preserve the pristine environment. Tent camping is the primary form of accommodation, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the natural setting. The camping surfaces are primarily dirt and grass, contributing to the rustic charm of the experience. Open fires are strictly prohibited due to conservation concerns, but you can bring a fuel stove for cooking. Generators are not permitted to maintain a tranquil and unspoiled atmosphere. As the Bartle Frere Trail is rugged and remote, it's essential to be well-prepared before embarking on this adventure. Only experienced and physically fit bushwalkers should attempt the trail due to its challenging terrain. Visitors are advised to carry drinking water, food, rubbish bags, insect repellent, and a fuel stove. Mobile phone coverage is poor.



The Bartle Frere Trail camping experience offers a rare chance to disconnect from the modern world and connect with nature in its purest form. With rainforest surroundings, camping beside creeks, and breathtaking views, this trail rewards those who are well-prepared, experienced, and environmentally conscious.


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