Mareeba has a lot to offer, and on our third day, we decided to head out to the Clohesy Fig Tree, and do the another Queensland 4WD track. This was a whole lot of fun, and the fig tree is absolutely stunning. If you’re looking for something to do in Mareeba, the Clohesy Fig Tree is a brilliant option.
Where is the Clohesy Fig Tree?
This Fig tree is only about 40 minutes drive from Mareeba, and is fairly easy, and quick to get to. The tree is just off Clohesy River Road, and is well signed.
Do you need a 4WD?
Yes, a 4WD is a must, and there are signs telling you this. The track starts off as a basic, gravel road, but it deteriorates the further you go, and there are 3 creek crossings that you need to go through to get to the Fig Tree, and even more if you continue along Clohesy Road.
These water crossings aren’t overly deep (depending on when you go), but you’d be mad doing it in a 2WD, or even an AWD.
About the Clohesy Fig Tree
I was quite shocked to see this massive strangler fig when we arrived. It’s metres from the car, and there’s a beautiful boardwalk that takes you through incredible rainforest, and back to the tree. You can see inside it, and get views from multiple sides, and they’ve done a cracker job making it user friendly.
This is a magnificent tree, and I have no doubt that at its widest point it would be well over 7 metres, which is absolutely massive.
We liked the area so much that we pulled out a picnic blanket, had lunch and got the kids distance education schooling done before heading back to Ringers Rest RV Park.
What’s the 4WD Track like?
Clohesy Road is a great little 4WD track. The water crossings are fun, there’s a few ruts and holes to avoid and navigate, but nothing incredibly difficult.
We did bottom out on the rear of our Dmax (the tow hitch) in one section where it crosses a steep creek, and I’m sure the bottom of the vehicle got close to a few obstacles, but it was fairly straight forward.
When we did the track in early June, the deepest water crossing would have been around 60cm deep, which is more than enough to drown your vehicle if you don’t have a snorkel, or you’re going too fast.
This area is often wet, and having some decent all terrain tyres or mud terrain tyres is a good idea. If you are just going to the Clohesy Fig Tree its fairly straightforward, but if you want to continue a bit further you really want some extra clearance and decent tyres.
We didn’t feel the need to let our tyres down, but there were a couple of slippery sections and in one spot I did flick the rear locker on and give it a bit more momentum, with the soft, clay being incredibly slippery and well beyond our Dmax’s ability to idle up with traction control.
It’s a no through road
After checking out the beautiful fig tree, we thought we’d finish the road off, and do a loop back along Hartley Road, or through the dam. Both are closed though, with signs stating roadworks or private vehicles not allowed, so we turned around and went back.
This is well worth doing
We really enjoyed our visit to the Clohesy Fig Tree, and doing Clohesy River Road. It’s an amazing part of the world, and its a quick, fun adventure for everyone. If you need something to do around Mareeba, you won’t go wrong heading out here with a 4WD!