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Published February 28th 2018
Tales from the Treetops and Beyond
If you are looking to escape the city for a mini break or a day trip and would like an immersive experience in the canopies for a more aerial perspective on life, read these recommendations;
Zipline and Aerial Adventure Parks
Zip-lining is becoming a popular recreational activity, thanks to the amazing treetop challenges and experiences that are being created around the world. A zip-line is basically an extended version of the flying fox that consists of a pulley suspended from a cable. With a zip-line, you can access remote areas, for instance, other treetop canopy platforms. Professional zip-line courses and aerial adventure parks are popping up around Australia in every state and are you will find that most parks are family friendly.
Treetop canopy walks are so peaceful, that you immediately may feel at one with nature. The latest treetop walk tour that I purchased was O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk in the Gold Coast hinterland. There were many families ahead, meandering over the suspended bridges approx. 15 m above ground in the lush forest, a world away from the forest floors. The views were stunning from the observation deck and I recorded the lyrebird's call from my smartphone for my next meditation session at home.
Fire lookout Trees - A Climbing Adventure
The tall strong Karri trees in Western Australia's Karri Forest were constructed in the early days to detect fires. The Gloucester Tree in Gloucester National Park and the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree in Warren National Park are magnificent trees to climb and view over the tree canopies if you can make it to the topmost platform, I couldn't get past the 10th rung.
Sky rail cable cars are safe and effective transport mode used to enter remote areas whether that be snow platforms for skiers, mountain tops or across valleys and ravines. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns, QLD holds approx. 6 passengers and once moving you will have access to panoramic views of Barron Gorge National Park with gushing waterfalls, mountains and beyond to the coastline.