The Curtain Fig Tree Cairns, Australia

It may not have the most exotic name in the world, and it may not send tingles to your toes with the thought of making a visit to this tree, but hey, we wouldn't be listing it on this website if we didn't think it was worth a mention.

In fact, it's worth more than a mention. This is the most amazing tree you are ever likely to see. It is a picture of a century of natural history – a unique example of nature's unpredictability and power.

The fig tree is from the strangler fig species Fichus virens. The curtain effect results from one tree leaning against another tree on a 45-degree angle. The strangler vine then grew along the oblique angle of the leaning tree, dangling 15 metres to the ground to create the curtain affect. Another popular spot to visit is the Cathedral Fig Tree situated nearby in Danbulla. Well worth a stop while exploring the Atherton Tablelands or on a guided tour with a knowledgeable guide.

Slef Drive to the Curtain Fig Tree Cairns, Australia

A wooden boardwalk surrounds the tree so you can see it on any angle. There is also a large photo-taking platform, so don't forget to bring your camera. An information board is present at the site to explain the origins of the tree which is estimated to be over 500 years old.

As one of the largest trees in North Queensland, the Curtain Fig Tree is fascinating and unusual. If you're in the Atherton Tablelands, make sure you stop by an have a look.

How to get to the Curtain Fig Tree

The Curtain Fig Tree is located just outside the small township of Yungaburra on the Atherton Tablelands. From Yungaburra, head towards Atherton for one kilometre and follow the sign on the left side of the road towards the tree. A short drive along this narrow road will take you to a small car park.
From here, there is a 180m return walk to the tree along a wooden boardwalk - stroller friendly.

While exploring the Atherton Tablelands make sure to stop by Lake Eacham for a refreshing swim and Lake Barrine where you can take a wildlife cruise and enjoy homemade scones.

When staying on the Atherton Tablelands

You will find nowhere more beautiful and serene than the Atherton Tablelands with a selection of holiday accommodation in and around Yungaburra, Atherton and Malanda.  The Atherton Tablelands make a great base to explore the natural beauty and wildlife of the Cairns' highlands.  With a range of B&B's, rainforest treehouses and romantic retreats the Atherton Tableands make a great holiday destination for couples and families.

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A rainforest adventure for the true naturalist that wants to see the real rugged raw rainforests of Cairns and the secrets that they hold. Traverse Mountain trails in a four wheel drive with six other guests and swim in pristine rivers and swimming holes. Spot the rare White Kangaroo in the Land of the Giants or see your guide handle a huge scrub python, learn about the healing properties of the flora and fauna that surrounds you and relax and enjoy a ploughman's lunch in the serenity of the Cairns Rainforests. Wilderness Eco Safaris have Exclusive Restricted Access permits so you are visiting areas of vital research importance. Book Early!

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Take in the sights of the Atherton Tablelands including the Curtain Fig Tree & Crater Lakes plus travel south to famous Paronella Park and a swim or relax at Babinda Boulders.

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Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

Enjoy an eco retreat amongst the wilderness of the Atherton Tablelands.  Suitable for a romantic getaway or a family getaway Rose Gums Wilderness retreat is a great base to explore the Atherton Tablelands.  Enjoy Complimentary Breakfast Hamper on arrival, bathrobes, slippers and large deluxe spa baths with rainforest views.

Jabiru Safari Lodge Atherton Tablelands

Enjoy glamping style accommodation within the Mareeba Wetlands Nature Reserve, Atherton Tablelands approx an hour and 15 minutes from Cairns.  Enjoy the sounds of nature and birdlife at this unique eco safari style lodge. With all inclusive options available including meals, eco cruise and canoeing on Clancy's lagoon a minimum stay of 2 nights is recommended.  

Mt Quincan Crater Retreat

Perfect for honeymooners or a romantic retreat - Mt Quincan Crater Retreat features complete seclusion for couples in self contained tree house style cabin accomodation.  Enjoy a Double Spa Bath, Wood Fire place, bathrobes  and complimentary breakfast hamper featuring local produce from the Atherton Tablelands. 

The Summit B&B

The Summit B&B offers non-hosted B&B facilities complete with continental breakfast supplies provided.  Each suite features a king bed, private ensuite and access to the large wrap around veradah.  Interconnecting suites are available for families. Enjoy a dip in the swimming pool or spa after a day exploring the sights of the Atherton Tablelands.  The entire house can also be booked as Holiday House for up to 8 guests for larger family groups.

Sweetwater Lodge Atherton Tablelands

Enjoy a romantic escape to the Atherton Tablelands staying in a private cottage complete with luxury King Bed, Log Fire place and alfresco kitchen facilities.  Explore the freshwater creek, walking tracks and wildlife spotting. 



Atherton Blue Gum B&B Atherton Tablelands

Atherton Blue Gum B&B caters for singles, couples and families who are travelling and exploring the Atherton Tablelands.  Enjoy a dip in the pool or spa with a complete with poolside guest BBQ facilities after a day’s drive on the Atherton Tablelands.  Some rates include daily breakfast.

The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses

Enjoy treehouse style accommodation on the Atherton Tablelands set amongst 100 acres of Rainforest enjoy a range of activities including bushwalking, freshwater streams, wildlife and bird spotting.

The Edge at Lake Tinaroo Holiday House

The Edge Holiday House located on the edge of Tinaroo Dam is perfect for a couples or families with the option of a 2 bedroom house or additional private suites to accommodate larger groups up to 10.  Travelling with a large family - the bunkhouse is perfect!  This is a popular holiday house with Lake Tinaroo being a popular watersport destination - Ensure to book early.

Gumtree on Gillies B&B Atherton Tablelands

Located in Yungaburra Gumtree on Gillies B&B features themed suites complete with deluxe double spabath and open wood burning fireplace - providing a unique stay.  Enjoy a home cooked breakfast during your stay plus complimentary chocolates.  Enjoy a dip in the swimming pool or spa, or relax in the country style gardens after a day exploring the Atherton Tablelands.

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