Cairns Atherton Tablelands Curtain Fig Tree
After enjoying refreshments and a cruise on the pre-historic volcano crater lake at Lake Barrine Tea House, you can drive just a few kilometres from the township of Yungaburra to the famous Curtain Fig Tree. The Curtain Fig Tree is a mighty monster of the ancient Mabi rainforest or the Danbulla rainforest and is simply majestic viewing. Standing strong in the forest at just over 50m tall and with a trunk circumference of 39m, the Curtain Fig Tree is estimated to be over 500 years old.
The Curtain Fig Tree derives its name from the unique and extensive aerial roots that fall to the forest floor in a distinctive curtain formation. Nestled amongst lush Mabi rainforest (the indigenous Aboriginal word for Lumholtz tree kangaroo) the Curtain Fig Tree is an iconic tourist sightseeing attraction of the Cairns Atherton Tablelands and Highlands.
The Curtain Fig Tree is accessible via an elevated boardwalk that snakes through the rainforest which is suitable for prams wheel chairs, small children and elderly folks. As visitors wander quietly along the short boardwalk through the Mabi forest, they may sight some rare and endangered.
Australian animals such as the Lumholtz tree kangaroo and the Herbert River ringtail possum. The boardwalk is an easy 10 minute walk, and the Mabi rainforest is home to a unique collection of deciduous and semi ever-green tree that allow an abundance of natural light to reach the rainforest floor, providing visitors with a vibrant forest understorey atypical of tropical rainforest. The Curtain Fig National Park has an extensive indigenous Aboriginal heritage, and the so called traditional owners of the land – the Ngadjon-Jii Aboriginal people - used land a little south of Curtain Fig National Park as camping grounds.
Visitors will enjoy this spectacular natural attraction that is steeped in an abundance of traditional Australian history. The Curtain Fig Tree boardwalk is suitable for the little children, elderly folk and has wheelchair access. Carpark and no camping or littering is permitted.
How To Get There - Self Drive
Danbulla Forest Drive is accessible from the Atherton Gillies Highway to the south-east or through the quaint village of Tinaroo on the north-western edge of Lake Tinaroo. The road is narrow in places and may deteriorate in heavy rain. Watch out for other road users including cattle, wildlife and forestry trucks. The Cathedral Fig Tree carpark is signposted, and only about 5 kilometres off the Gillies Highway.
If you would like to see the full beauty of Cairns Atherton Tablelands and other attractions in the surrounding region see here for some tours to the region to see these Cairns icons.