Mt Borumba Firetower, Imbil State Forest, Queensland

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Mount Borumba Fire Tower (commonly referred to as No 8 Tower) has been decommissioned and is fenced off preventing access. It was built in 1958, its platform being 15.5M above ground. It had a commanding view over the Imbil State Forest and Yabba State Forest, the summit altitude being 624M.

When built, this tower had an external deck surrounding the cabin. This innovation allowed for easier maintenance as well as more safety, and was a boon to those children of the families of foresters and millers who were allowed to climb the tower and then walk around the cabin verandah enjoying the view and demonstrating that they weren't afraid of height!

Access into the cabin was through a trapdoor in the floor of the cabin.

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Comments (4)

ebi lutze on January 20, 2013

Hi IanFrom the group A1-Unique Australia *.Very timely with the fire situation as it is. L* Regards Ebi

bdeh on January 20, 2013

Hope they haven't need to alarm the fire brigade from this tower Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on January 21, 2013

Yes Ebi. We are quite concerned about the absence of rain and the high temperatures here, but I realize it is even hotter and drier in the southern parts of the continent. I look forward to some late summer rain, hopefully.


Ian Stehbens on January 21, 2013

This particular tower has been decommissioned, Berend, partly because they didn't want to maintain its timber structure, and partly because modern communication systems allows for early detection and quick response.

I certainly hope that there are no fires in the forests around here, though they are always vulnerable during dry times, like now.

Warm regards,


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