The backpacker tree.
The backpacker tree.

Rainbow's backpacker tree cut down

IT started with someone throwing a pair of lace-up sneakers over a dead tree limb on the side of Rainbow Beach Road and ended with a chainsaw cutting it down.

But the axing of the so-called ‘backpacker tree’ on Rainbow Beach Road has some residents up in arms while others are glad to get rid of what they call an eyesore.

Since the day the first pair of sneakers was thrown over the dead branch, the tree became something of an icon for backpackers visiting the Cooloola Coast, each one leaving a trinket from their time in the area on the few remaining stubs of branches.

There were shoes, thongs (both the footwear and underwear varieties), flags, eskies, bras, dirty drawings and even crab pots left on the tree as a reminder of our appeal to both international and local visitors.

All that now remains of the iconic tree is a stump and a solitary pair of thongs. Gone is the tree that brought a smile to most motorists’ faces.

A Gympie Regional Council spokesperson said yesterday Coucnil was directed to remove the tree by Mains Road for safety reasons.

Gympie Times


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