At 1,622 m (5,322 ft), Bartle Frere is the highest peak in Queensland. And for a bit of the flavour of Australia, it is south of Wooroonooran Park. It is a remnant of Gondwanan rainforest.
I hiked it a few (okay, several) years ago when I was an undergraduate. I dug up some old photos for a take a hike! post.
We started the hike right at dawn. Here is the mountain from the road.
Another shot from the ground
The sign is kind of intimidating, but don’t let it get to you!
On the way up, about T minus 3 seconds before all the girls implode after finding terrestrial leeches all over their ankles
Our guide, Dr. Winter, a mammologist who named a few of the endemic marsupials here
The ecosystem is all rainforest
It has a number of endemic species, like this (admittedly blurry) golden bowerbird
This is what the bower looks like (the male builds it as a stage on which to dance for the females)
It’s beautiful, but is sadly impacted by all the hikers
An invasive root rot fungus, Phytophthora cinnamomi, is killing many of the trees adjacent to the trail. It spreads on hiking boots.
We made it to the top! I photographed some of my classmates as they emerged triumphant from the forest.
It’s a beautiful view, filled with an endemic swift species
I love mountains
On the way down, we all stopped to get water from this stream at the base and cool down. I love this photo of my classmate, who I think looks positively angelic. Of course, the academic director above does not look so elegant.