Mount Bartle Frere, Atherton

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Mount Bartle Frere (pronunciation [ˈmæɔnt̥ ˈbɐːɾəɫ ˈfɹɪə]) (Ngajanji: Choorechillum) is the highest mountain in Queensland at an elevation of 1,611 metres (5,285 ft). The mountain was named after Sir Henry Bartle Frere, a British colonial administrator and then president of the Royal Geographical Society by George Elphinstone Dalrymple in 1873. Bartle Frere was British Governor of Cape Colony at the outset of the Zulu Wars.

It is located 51 kilometres (32 mi) south of Cairns in the Wooroonooran National Park southwest of the town of Babinda on the eastern edge of the Atherton Tablelands. Mount Bartle Frere is part of the Bellenden Ker Range and the watershed of Russell River.

The foothill to summit is entirely covered by rainforest, ranging from typical tropical rainforest in the lowlands to low cloud forest at the cooler summit, where temperatures are up to 10 °C (18 °F) lower than on the coast. Despite the treacherous climb, reaching the top offers an expansive view of the surrounding area.

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  • Came across wild pigs, flocks of parakeets and leeches which dropped from the trees , absolutely loved this challenge to the summit and back in 7 hrs. This was 26 years ago - 1993  more »
  • Really good day out. My friend and I were blessed with clear weather so our experience was definitely better than it could be for those in the rain. We started at 6am with our head-torches and...  more »
  • Fantastic, both the Eastern and Western approach’s are different and unique. The lookout from the helipad on the Eastern is as spectacular as the lookout from the western summit boulders. Recommend not doing this summer.
  • One of the most beautifully amazing and challenging hikes I have done. We were lucky enough to get a stunning view from the top... the rare 5-10% of the year apparently. Its a serious all over workout but the variety of terrain is really cool and the boulder field like a natural scrambling course. We did it comfortably in one day but we started early and are definitely of a very good above average fitness level. Parts of boulder field are exposed and not for nervous hikers. Lying on the rocks on the top felt like being on top of the world, magic. Went to helipad and the summit from josephine falls side. Jumping in the falls after arriving back to carpark hot sweaty and exhausted was the sweetest end to an unforgettable day. About 8hours roundtrip for a very fit and athletic person that can rockhop at height. Would advise to leave 10-12 hours in wetter conditions this hike would take so much longer. Dont take any risks. Always hike in your comfort level and be prepared for the unexpected.
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