Strangler Cairn

Conondale National Park
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The strangler Cairn was made by world renounced artist Andy Goldsworthy. It is composed of granite blocks shaped together with a strangler fig planted in the top. Over time the roots of the fig should grow down over the cairn. The walk is consists of a short side track off the Conondale Great Walk which is between the gold mine track and the Artists Cascades. The main track is through sub-tropical rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest.
This walk is part of a big loop trail that can begin/end at Booloumba creek day area. Distances from here are: gold mine 2.4km, strangler cairn 2.8km, artists cascades 5.3km, Booloumba falls 8km, all ONE WAY, all clockwise. Mount Allan, 5.5km anti-clockwise

Getting there

From Steve Irwin Way take the Landsborough Rd to Maleny. From there follow the signs to Kenilworth. You will derive through the small town of Conondale. The road to Booloomba Creek is 13 km past Conondale on the left. You will need a high clearance 4WD as you need to drive through two creeks which can be unpredictable.

The walk starts from the day use area.


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There are no costs to enter the National Park or to walk, but there are costs if you wish to camp. Details can be found at

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Great walk, saw so much wildlife! Took us about 4 hours return to the artists cascades via gold mine and stranglers cairn. The artists cascades are beautiful, clear water and lots of rocks to climb on.

Wiggy on 30 Apr, 2020

This is a great easy walk through the beautiful forest, we started the walk late, it was about 14:30hrs, we still managed to finish the walk, the day was a mixture of sun and clouds, while at the cairn we had a light shower pass over us. We also did the loop to the entrance of the gold mine.

Maverick on 31 Dec, 2019

Great walk. We parked the car at the entrance to Booloumba as we couldn’t cross the creeks, so walked in the whole way. Did the Strangler Cairns, then via the Gold Mine on the way back. All up about 12km of trails.

Dan on 23 Jun, 2019

Great walk on a marked track. We parked the car at the Booloumba Creek Day Use Area. The creek had very little water. Went to the Strangler Cairn and returned via the Gold Mine on the way back. Spotted goannas and a snake along the track.

Ramona W on 23 Sep, 2017

Interesting stone structure on a very short detour on the walk to Artists Cascades.

Marisa on 27 Jul, 2017

Wonderful sculpture, completed this part of the walk along with the gold mine circuit in one go. We started from Camping area 3, so only 2km each way to the cairn, with a detour for the mine. Watch out for the very large fallen tree across the track.

Suzanne on 7 Aug, 2016

Part of the walk to the Artists Cascades.

Sue C on Aug, 2016

We parked just before the first creek crossing. This added 4kms to our walk, mainly due to taking a different track on way back that lead us through to campsite 1. But the walk back through the creek was a refreshing finish. Did this walk and gold mine, and cascades for a total 19kms. The cairn walk would have only been 12km of that walk return. Beautiful place. Cairn is approx 45-50cm so still quite small. Will definitely come back to watch it grow.

Sarah on 8 Apr, 2016

Beautiful Artistry

Ted n Jo on 17 Jan, 2016

This 'Cairn' will (one day) become an international icon!
It has been totally un-promoted - mainly because the Govmt got some really toxic reviews in the media.. (and yes, half a million dollars is heavy!) It also became a 'political scape goat'..
Eg.. "Aussies Outraged Over Government Funding for Self-Destructing Andy Goldsworthy Jungle Sculpture"..
A great 'must see' positive article is at..

Brian F BBW on Jan, 2015

Great walk; Needs more signage.. The Artist Concept (painting by 'Michelle' in Mexico, shown on this site) of 'Strangler Cairn' is a real eye-opener and should be displayed on a sign-board at the 'Cairn'.

Brian Lor. on 1 Dec, 2014

We walked this track on our way to the Artists Cascades. The fig is only about 30cm tall at the moment. It will be good to see it grow.

Ian and Sue on 20 Oct, 2014


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