Cathedral fig tree
This elaborate tree, festooned with intricate vines and delicate epiphytes, is named for the stately, cathedral-like formation of its roots.
- Journey type
- 300m return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
- Time suggested
- Allow 10min walking time.
- Grade 2 walking track
- Conventional vehicle
- Photo credit: Mike Prociv © Queensland Government
- Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government
With a crown as big as 2 Olympic swimming pools towering nearly 50m over you, this mighty 500-year-old tree will take your breath away.
As you stroll along the boardwalk, gaze into the roots and canopy of this rainforest giant. See if you can spot some of the plentiful wildlife that calls this tree home.
Learn all there is to know about the tree from a sign near its base. Some of the fig facts will astound you.
The cathedral fig tree, Danbulla National Park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, famed for its exceptional natural beauty, outstanding examples of the record of life, evolutionary history and remarkable diversity. Remain on the boardwalk at all times.
Getting there and getting around
The cathedral fig tree is in Danbulla National Park on the central part of the Atherton Tableland, 70km (1.5hr) from Cairns.
- The tree is 26.6km from the western entrance and 1.4km from the eastern entrance, on Danbulla Road.
- Most of Danbulla Road is unsealed but it is accessible to all vehicles.
Refer to number 11 reference on Danbulla National Park and State Forest locality and road maps .
For more information see visiting safely—getting there and getting around.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
Before you visit
Cathedral fig tree is open 24 hours a day.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.