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If you are planning a day trip to Southern Highland area, then Illawarra Fly is a highly recommended tourist destination for a relaxing family holiday with a twist of adventure fun. The multi-award travel attraction winner has become Australia's premier treetop walk experience for both locals and visitors. The uniqueness about Illawarra Fly is its 1500 metres treetop walk in a warm temperature rainforest and the breathtaking birds eye view of the escarpment Illawarra at the Knight Tower, the highest point of the tree canopy.
There are two driving routes to get you there, the Hume Highway via Robertson and the Grand Pacific Drive. We chose to drive down through the renowned scenic driveway, the Grand Pacific Drive, a bonus sightseeing activity for our day trip. Once we arrived, we were welcomed by the receptionist who gave us a brief introduction about the walk to my group prior to our departure. We were in such good spirits on the day, someone cracked a joke with the receptionist and asked what if someone was an acrophobia, the answer was, "Do a blind folded walk then." Of course it was a joke, but I guess if you are really an acrophobia, you might consider the treetop walk carefully before you take any action.
The treetop canopy is about 30 metres above the forest floor and the highest point would be the spiral tower, the Knight Tower, about 45 metres above ground. The whole track of the walk is like a bird with two wings widely open, you can go to the left side first and have a close look at the forest underneath and then go to the right you will have a great open view of the Illawarra lake and the forest, stretching to the Tasman Sea. I was very intrigued to see the ancient ferns underneath were like a group of beach umbrellas. Some of my friends also spotted a bush turkey strolling in the shadows. I am sure there will be many interesting native creatures dwelling in the mysterious rainforest. The climbing of the Knight Tower can be a bit challenging but once you reach the top, you feel like you are on top of the world, with breathtaking views from every direction, so open and welcoming.
For your information, Illawarra Fly also operates Sunrise Tours. Visitors can experience the magic moments of the sunrise on the treetop canopy, followed by a delicious buffet breakfast at Café 106, the gourmet café inside the Visitors Centre. The Sunrise Tours take place on the second Saturday mornings of each month. Booking is essential.
I would also suggest you to stop at the famous Robertson Pie Shop and try their jumbo pies, choosing from savory ones to sweet ones. It will satisfy your craving for pies and fill your belly for the rest of the day. I was told that the cherry pie is their signature pie, so give it a go.
Our day trip finished with a relaxing stroll at the Illarrawa Lake, a great place to watch the sun going down under the horizon. That might be my recommendation for the itinerary of your Illawarra Day trip highlighted by the Illawarra Fly. More information is available here. For other Unusual Walks in NSW please click here.