This ancient tree, thought to be more than 500 years old, would have many interesting tales to tell. Located a short drive from the village of Yungaburra, this tree is a member of the strangler fig species. Starting as a seed dropped high in the canopy, this strangler fig would have attached itself to a healthy host tree, at a 45-degree angle, consuming all available nutrients, causing the host tree to die. As the strangler fig grew, long roots developed, growing thicker and eventually reaching the ground. The curtain fig tree’s roots have dropped 15m to the forest floor, creating a curtain effect and a fascinating display of nature that continues to make it a must-see when visiting the Atherton Tablelands.
An accessible boardwalk around the base protects the tree but also allows you to take in views of the 50m-tall beast from all angles. Remember to bring your camera. If you manage to capture the sun shining through the aerial roots, it’s guaranteed to make the cut for your next Instagram post.
View the curtain fig tree and the beauty of the Tablelands on this Rainforest, Waterfall and Crater Lakes Tour.
An entire village of more than 50 beautifully restored buildings, the village of Herberton – an old tin mining town – is an incredible tribute to Australia’s past. Allow plenty of time to marvel at the incredible detail of this outdoor museum as you wander through the old school house, bank, toy shop and chemist.
The only distillery in Tropical North Queensland, Mt Uncle is set among banana, avocado and macadamia trees. Wonder the grounds with the peacocks; visit the cellar door for a taste of its award-winning spirits and liqueurs; or drop by the restaurant for a spot of lunch.
Coffee Works has grown into one of Australia’s most recognised boutique coffee roasters and chocolatiers. Visit its Mareeba outlet, known as Coffee World, and while away the hours in the café, chocolaterie, and gift store.