Characteristics

Jimna Fire Tower
History/Features and Characteristics

Officially opened on 26th October 1977 by the Honorable K B Tomkins, MLA. the Jimna Fire Tower was built by Arthur Leis and his son, Gary, specialists in their field, over a three-year period from 1974-1977.

At 47 metres, the tower cabin, perched on top of three local grey ironbark legs, offers a panoramic 360 degree view of the surrounding ranges, hoop pine plantations and native forests.

The 241 steps provide visitors with an exhilarating climb to the viewing platform where, on a clear day, the sand hills of Moreton Island could be seen from the original telescope used for forestry fire detection.

The Jimna Fire Tower has international status being the tallest man-made wooden fire tower of its type in the southern hemisphere. The tower was judged by Queensland Government Survey to be the most unique of its kind in 1999 and subsequently was heritage listed in year 2000.

With picnic facilities at its base, camping at nearby Peach Trees State Forest Park, and its close proximity to Brisbane, the Jimna Fire Tower and environs attract in excess of 30,000 visitors annually.

Courtesy of “Silent Sentinels” DPI Forestry and Jimna Hall Historical Assn. Inc.

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