Located a few minutes drive out of Yungaburra, the Curtain Fig Tree is not only one of the largest trees in Far North Queensland, it has now become one of the most popular natural attractions in the Atherton Tablelands.
Curtain Fig Tree is truly a natural marvel. and its creation is quite amazing. The Curtain Fig Trees life is estimated to have started about 500 years ago, where it appears that a bird or mammal dropped the seed of a fig tree into the host trees’ crown. This seed germinated and the first root descended to the soil. Enriched by the soil, the fig developed aerial roots which encircled and eventually strangled the host tree. The host tree then fell into a neighbouring tree, thus vertical fig roots descended for the fig’s trunk and with the original host tree dying away, the end result is what we see today. A curtain-like appearance of roots that are quite breathtaking in terms of scale and intricacy.
Access to the tree has been made easy through wooden board walks which take you through the forest straight to the heart of the tree itself. These board walks wrap around the outskirts of the tree, making it possible to get photos from multiple angles, so bring the camera along. The roots drop down more than 15 metres (49 feet), so they make a fantastic photo opportunity. Children should love it too, so if you are looking for things to do in Cairns or the Atherton Tablelands, Curtain Fig Tree is a great option, especially if you are looking for free attractions.