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Cathedral Fig site on Atherton Tableland closed

3 February 2016

The Cathedral Fig boardwalk was severely damaged when large limbs fell on 31 January 2016. Queensland Government photos.

The Cathedral Fig boardwalk was severely damaged when large limbs fell on 31 January 2016. Queensland Government photos.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has closed the iconic Cathedral Fig site in Danbulla National Park on the Atherton Tableland after several large limbs fell from the giant tree, smashing the boardwalk at the base.

QPWS Principal Ranger Tablelands and Dry Tropics, Andrew Millerd, said limbs the size of substantial trees had fallen sometime on Monday 1 February 2016 and it was fortunate no-one had been injured.

“We don’t know yet what caused the limbs to fall from this rainforest giant – however storms have been occurring across the Tableland over recent days,” Mr Millerd said.

“Rangers are cleaning up and we need to check the health of the tree and assess further risks.

“We are also checking the Tableland’s other big tourist drawcard, the Curtain Fig, about 25km away near Yungaburra. That site remains open, and many other spectacular natural features are also available for our visitors.

“These huge, spectacular strangler figs capture the essence of our rainforests for many people. They are important to tourism on the Tableland. Generations have enjoyed visiting the magnificent Cathedral Fig to marvel at its sheer size and beauty.

“The Cathedral Fig boardwalk is severely damaged and the site will be closed for some time while we work out if we can rebuild it.

“For your own safety, please stay away from the Cathedral Fig site and observe any signage or directions from QPWS staff,” Mr Millerd said.

Last updated
3 February 2016