The ‘chimney tree’ on the old road between Doonside and Warner Beach has caused much wonder for those who have lived locally their whole lives.
It is believed this old ramshackle red-brick structure served as an incinerator on one of the old farms, long before any of the current bridges and roads of the town existed.
As time passed and popularity of the area grew, the farms were done away with and more roads, building and smaller pieces of land were created.
The chimney of the abandoned incinerator was forgotten through the process of urbanisation and remained on the small piece of grassy land.
Long after it was abandoned, an indigenous wild fig tree took root and grew large out of the chimney of the incinerator.
The ‘chimney tree’ as the site became known still stands today in the middle of a grassy park next to the road. The park was used by craft market vendors on weekends and also, ironically, is a favorite ambush site for police roadblocks and drunk driving testing.
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