Australia: The Land Where Time Began
Curtain Fig Forest Reserve
On the outskirts of Yungaburra, on the Yungaburra-Atherton Road.
This forest reserve protects an area of wet tropical rainforest.
Starting from a seed dropped by a bird in leaf litter high in the canopy, the strangler fig sends down roots which gradually thicken and interweave. The roots eventually strangle the host tree to death. The whole process can take hundreds of years. The Curtain Fig is unusual because one tree has fallen against another, forming a curtain of roots which give the tree its name.
At the Curtain Fig, an extensive “curtain” of aerial roots drops about
15m to the forest floor. A boardwalk has been built around the tree to provide
access and protect the tree.
WalkingCurtain Fig boardwalk, 10 minutes
AccessibilityThe elevated boardwalk and viewing platform are wheelchair-accessible.
Getting thereThe Curtain Fig is on the Atherton-Yungaburra Road, on the outskirts of Yungaburra.
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