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The Cathedral Fig Tree

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by Lisa Morgan (subscribe) life as it is meant to be experienced - outside the rat race, barefooted and content in one's own skin.
Published March 8th 2013
A majestic living cathedral for all to see
The Cathedral Fig Tree
This is what it feels like inside the Cathedral Fig! Make sure you view the
There are quite a few strangler fig trees around Far North Queensland. After seeing a small curtain fig on the Clohesy River 4WD Track, we went to see the much larger Curtain Fig Tree outside Yungaburra before continuing along the Gillies Highway.

We wanted to see the Cathedral Fig Tree for ourselves, so we turned off on Boar Pocket Road to reach Danbulla Forest Drive. We were only a few minutes down the road when we found the signpost for the Cathedral Fig.

There was a short walk on a fairly wide forest-littered path to reach the boardwalk around the Cathedral Fig. It was raining lightly and there were a zillion mozzies. Unfortunately for us we forgot the mozzie repellent! The children didn't seem to mind all five of them raced down the path and around the tree.

The rainforest provided a moist cool environment for the Cathedral Fig to grow in. We saw plenty of rainforest plants and ferns growing from the tree, and there were also many different types of fungi. The scent of the forest really stood out, a perfumed mossy earth-and-rain scent enveloped us as we went in.

Inside the Cathedral Fig Tree
The boardwalk takes you right inside the Cathedral Fig. Look up!
The best thing we enjoyed about the Cathedral Fig was being able to practically walk inside it, and look up the towering walls of roots to the very top.

As the Cathedral Fig Tree gives easy access to the rainforest, here is a warning about Tropical Far North rainforests. There are snakes, spiders, ticks and leeches so please take care.

This area is not particularly safe to be wandering around in, unaware. The boardwalk is only around the tree, and the rest of the paths are dirt paths.

Side of Cathedral Fig Tree
A photo of the tree as we approached it.

Treetops of the Cathedral Fig from outside
Treetops of the Cathedral Fig from the outside
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Why? To be awestruck as you stand inside it and look up!
When: Anytime!
Where: Danbulla Forest Drive, Far North Queensland
Cost: Free
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