Bartlefrere District


Badge Description

The badge depicts a scene that includes the flora, fauna and geographical features of the district which include tropical rainforests, mountains and the coastline.

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Mountain = Mount Bartle Frere is the highest mountain in Queensland at an elevation of 1.611 metres, and is located within the Wooroonooran National Park

Waterfall = Josephine Falls, Wooroonooran National Park

Bird = Cassowary bird is local to the area and can be seen at Etty Bay Beach.  The district was also within the Cassowary Coast Region.

Sea = Coastline

Trees = Palm Trees by the beach

Pink Flowers = Cooktown Orchid, which is the State Flower of Queensland on a tree

The badge was designed by Kyle Jackson, Scout, Mission Beach Scout Group, and first issued in 2020. [4]


Bartle Frere District was originally formed on the 23.6.1969 when the previous district which was called Innisfail District closed [1].  Bartle Frere was de-registered on 9.8.2006 [2]. Bartle Frere district was re-formed in 2019 [3].  It covers the area between Gordonvale to Tully. In 2019, the District Commissioner was Michael Wilkinson [3]

Bartle Frere district is named after the highest mountain in Queensland Mount Bartle Frere, which is named after the 1873 President of the Royal Geographical Society, Sir Henry Bartle Frere.

Local Places of Interest

Waterfall Circuit (Millaa Millaa, Zillie & Ellinjaa Falls); Bartle Frere trail, Wooroonooran National Park (Innisfail); Mission Beach – arts, craft, sky diving, chocolate; Golden Gumboot (Tully); Australian Sugar Industry museum (Mourilyan); Innisfail Canecutter Monument; Ancient Spanish Castle, Paronella Park (Mena Creek); Innisfail museum; Etty Bay; Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway, Wooroonooran National Park (Innisfail); Misty Mountains Wilderness Trails – hiking (Tully, Innisfail, Mena Creek, Millaa Millaa and Ravenshoe)


Bartle Frere District Groups (2019): Goondi Scout Group, Gordonvale Scout Group, Mission Beach Scout Group [3]

Bartle Frere District Groups (2024): Goondi Scout Group, Gordonvale Scout Group, Mission Beach Scout Group


  1. Scouting in Queensland (1969). “Warrant Changes”. Vol. 8 (6), July, p.20.
  2. Scouts Australia, Queensland Branch. Electronic archive database retrieved 8 April 2018
  3. Far North Queensland, Scouts Facebook posting 11:03 PM, 13th August 2019. Retrieved from:
  4. Digweed, P. Region Commissioner, Far North Region. Personal communique: 20.6.2020