The Curtain Fig
Only minutes from Yungaburra is the famous Curtain Fig Tree, one of the best known attractions on the Tablelands. The tree stands 50 metres tall and spreads to 39 metres wide at the base and is over 800 years old.
The curtain effect has resulted from the weight of the fig tree being too great, so the host tree fell over landing on a 45-degree angle. The strangler vine has grown along the slanting angle of the leaning tree, dangling 15 metres to the ground. This has now formed a curtain which has made the tree so fascinating and unusual.
The Crystal Caves - Atherton
Recognised as one of Australia's most unusual attractions, this world class natural history museum gives visitors a very exciting glimpse at what happened millions of years ago beneath our earth's crust. Rene Boissevain is a man with a passion. He has spent a lifetime travelling to every corner of the world to collect crystallised mineral specimens, gemstones, fossils and rocks. He searches only for the best - the most perfect, the most extraordinary, the most valuable, the rarest and the biggest. To house his growing collection of more than 600 individual pieces, Rene has built 250 m2 of tunnels and grottos for you to explore. Visitors are given a helmet and a catalogue to identify the specimens and explore the caves unguided. This virtual cave gives the feeling of finding these natural formations yourself. Carefully positioned and delicately lit, you are free to discover in your own time and encouraged to touch and photograph the crystals. Open your mind and put all expectations aside, this is not your average museum...