Starting from the car park at the end of Josephine Falls Road, this walk takes you to the Broken Nose peak and back mostly via the Bartle Frere Trail, crossing Majuba Creek along the way. Around 950 metres above the ground, the Broken Nose provides you with an exceptional bird’s eye view over the hinterland and surrounding mountains. This hike can be considered training before the lengthy and challenging Mount Bartle Frere hike, with some parts of it as steep. The gorgeous rainforest provides you shade throughout the track, with interesting fungi species on trees for you to observe. Additionally, you can cool off in the suitable spots along the creek, or visit the rock pools of Josephine Falls after the journey. Speaking of, the creek crossing may require you to get your feet wet as well. The Big Rock Camp along the way offers a creekside night in the rainforest, if you’d like to make this a multi-day journey. Make sure there is no rain before, during or after your journey as the rocks and tree roots along the track become slippery and dangerous. Besides, there will be an unbelievable amount of leeches in wet conditions. The track may require a bit of rock scrambling. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Bartle Frere Road then drive for 6.8 km
Turn right onto Josephine Falls Road and drive for another 620 m
Keep right onto Josephine Falls Road and drive for another 50 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the car park at the end of Josephine Falls Road, pass through the bollard and head between the sheltered areas along the dirt/grass path gently uphill. Follow the subtly-formed walking track(Bartle Frere Trail) as it veers left and heads into the woodland to continue along the Broken Nose Track.....
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Josephine Falls Road & Bartle Frere Trail Start heading along Bartle Frere Trail (a walking track).
There is a toilet (about 25 m back from the start).
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Bartle Frere Trail.
Find the BBQ at the start.
After another 3.3 km come to the "Big Rock Camp" (on your right).
Campsite managed byQueensland Parks and Wildlife Service. There is a fee to use this campsite.
After another 1.7 km come to "Broken Nose".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 5 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
4 h 30 min, 6 h 30 min to 2 days
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)