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Standing in a row along the road’s edge, these majestic sentinels are a horticultural wonder, dwarfing all who pass by.

While their enormous canopy casts an impressive shadow, it’s the sprawling root systems of the Moreton Bay fig trees that fascinates nature lovers. Spreading out like giant tentacles, the roots can be human height or taller while the trees are believed to be up to 200 years old.

The fig trees are one of the top spots for nature photography on Norfolk Island. Pose beside the gargantuan entwined roots to put their size in perspective. It’s lovely and quiet along Headstone Road, so you don’t have to worry about other people sneaking into the shot.

A woman walks away down a road beside the huge buttress roots of a Moreton Bay fig. Rays of sunlight beam down from the left.
A man cycles away down a road lined by huge trees, including Moreton bag figs.
The buttress roots of many Moreton Bay figs lining a road. A woman in the distance makes her way along the road.
As they walk away down a road, two women appear dwarfed by the trunks of trees and the buttress roots of a Moreton Bay fig lining the road.
The buttress roots of a Moreton Bay fig beside a road which two women are walking down.
A close-up of the roots of a Moreton Bay fig, with a strangler root wrapping over the trunk of the host tree.
A car makes its way along a road lined with Moreton Bay fig trees.

Visitor information

Operating Hours: 24/7

Cost: Free

Getting Here:A 10-minute drive west of Burnt Pine. On Headstone Road, near Hundred Acres Reserve.

Top Tips for Moreton Bay Fig Trees

  • The entrance for Hundred Acres Reserve, which features walking trails, is across the road from the Moreton Bay figs trees.
  • If you want to see more flora, venture inside the reserve, where Norfolk Island pines and white oaks dominate the landscape.
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