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Cathedral Fig site is open after cleanup and repairs

4 March 2016

Less than a fortnight after the Cathedral Fig boardwalk was damaged by large branches, rangers had cleaned up the mess and reopened the popular site in Danbulla National Park on the Atherton Tableland.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Principal Ranger Tablelands and Dry Tropics Andrew Millerd said visitors were enjoying the site again after the QPWS made repairs to make the boardwalk safe.

“Access to the boardwalk around the base of the tree is much the same as before, except for the damaged 20 metre section of boardwalk we've removed,” Mr Millerd said.

“We've applied for funding to replace this section.

“There’s still plenty to enjoy at the big fig, so come and experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest.

“Please observe the signage on the closed portion of the walk.”

Mr Millerd said limbs the size of substantial trees had fallen from the rainforest giant sometime on Monday 1 February 2016, possibly due to storms.

“An arborist checked the tree's health and assessed the risks. We would only have reopened the site if we thought it was safe.

“QPWS staff also checked the Tableland’s other drawcard, the Curtain Fig, about 25km away near Yungaburra.

“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 these trees to marvel at their sheer size and beauty.”

Max Shepherd, Chair of the Alliance for Sustainable Tourism and of Tourism Tropical North Queensland, thanked QPWS for its prompt action to repair the Cathedral Fig boardwalk damage and make the site accessible again.

“This is a popular location for visitors and well known as a place to take visiting friends and relatives,” Mr Shepherd said.

“It’s an important part of the mix of attractions that encourages self-drive tourists to disperse across the Tropical Tablelands and broaden the tourism economy.”

More information: Danbulla National Park and State Forest

Last updated
4 March 2016