The Curtain Fig Tree is is from the strangler fig species Fichus virens and it has grown for more than a century to become one of the largest trees in Tropical North Queensland, Australia, and one of the most loved attractions on the Atherton Tableland.
The curtain effect results from the host tree leaning against another tree on a 45-degree angle. Then the strangler vine fig grew along the oblique angle of the leaning tree, dangling its airial roots15 metres to the ground to create the curtain affect. Don't plant one of these things in your garden, this strangler vine had power.
A wooden boardwalk surrounds the tree and there is a viewing platform information board to explain the origins of the tree. This tree is fascinating and unusual.
How to get there.
The tree is 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 50-meter walk to the tree along a wooden boardwalk.
What do you think of possible titles for the current W.I.P.:
1/ Atherton Tablelands (Only this region so a shorter book than the next suggestion. Lots of waterfalls and bush walks.
2/ Atherton to the Ocean (The Innisfail-Cairns-Atherton Tablelands Circuit) (Bigger eBook. $1. more in cost. Gives me Reg's fishing on the coast and fish recipe additions.
3/ Or, do you have a better title?
Image is of the Curtain Fig Tree in the Atherton Tablelands.
I found 100 good photos and 148 pages of material I wrote between May and Sept 2010 already prepared for an eBook "Atherton to the Coast."
My 'now' W.I.P. work is sorting and editing this with an 'easy' timeline to publication of within three months.
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I love the 'wild' waterfalls and bush walks in the Atherton, this on for instance, and not so much the 'tourist' venue one that most rave about. 2010 was a great year as it was the wettest year in 100 years and the waterfalls were at their best.
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