I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published November 6th 2014
GET UP AMONGST THE TREE TOPS
Even if you are afraid of heights (which my wife Leanne is) the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk would have to be one of Australia's premier treetop walk experiences. The Illawarra Fly Treetop walk is 500 metres long with an average height of 25 metres. Positioned 710 metres above sea level, the stunning views take in everything from the rainforest floor into the canopy and out to the Pacific Ocean.
The Knights Tower is 45 metres high from which you can get stunning views that range from Port Kembla in the north to Shellharbour in the south. The gentle 1.5km return walk takes in native rainforest, the steel walkway which features two gently swaying cantilevered arms, and a central tower raised nearly 50 metres from the forest floor.
The construction cost was approximately $6.5 million and commencing in Sept 2007 and was completed in February 2008. The treetop walk was pre-fabricated in Launceston (Tasmania) and shipped to Melbourne. 20 trucks were used to transport the sections via road to site, where the structure was assembled and erected.
The only walk of its kind in NSW and the "Fly" one of only a handful of elevated steel treetop walks in the world which are all located in Australia. They are: the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk-Southern Highlands NSW; Otway Fly Treetop Walk-Great Ocean Rd Victoria;tahuneairwalk.com.au/ and Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk-Walpole-Nornalup National Park Western Australia
Leanne and I go on lots of walks and I would rate this one as one of the easiest I have ever done. This walk is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and it would take approximately 1 hour to complete. This walk is wheelchair and pram accessible and they have a courtesy cart available if required.
On the day that we were there was no wind at all and the haze from Port Kembla took away a bit of the stunning views that you would normally see. I would suggest that a good time to go would be when there is a small breeze blowing even though it is designed for up to 280km/hr winds as the wind would blow away the haze.
We drove down from the Sutherland Shire and the onsite car park that has parking for over 200 vehicles and for up to ten coaches and caravans and it is located adjacent to the visitors centre and is only a short walk to the main Treetop Walk, Cafe 106, the Souvenir Shop and the Visitor Information Centre.
HOW TO GET THERE
From the Sutherland you would travel south along the Princes Highway to Albion Park and take the Illawarra Hwy (Macquarie Pass) towards Robertson. Turn left at the Robertson Pie Shop (if you like a pie, like I do you need to stop here for morning tea) and then onto Jamberoo Mountain Road. Travel about 10 klms and then turn left at Knights Hill Road.
Coming from Liverpool you would travel down the Hume Highway and take the Bowral turn-off, then drive through the lovely Southern Highlands to Robertson and follow the signs from the Robertson Pie Shop.
Maybe you would you would like to jump on one of the 3801 Limited Train Tours from Sydney or Wollongong. Those of you that are coming up from Kiama will take about 25 minutes from Kiama, via Jamberoo and Jamberoo Mountain Roads, past Minnamurra Rainforest, towards Robertson and then once again follow the signs.
To make a day of it on the way back from the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk Leanne and I decided to make a day of it and called in at Minnamurra Falls, Minnamurra River, Lake Illawarra and Port Kembla to check out how the fishing was going.
Leanne checking out what's to see at Minamurra Falls
Located in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales at 182 Knights Hill Road, Knights Hill NSW 2577 and less than two hours travel from Sydney or Canberra. For further information you could either call them on 61 2 4885 1010 or go to their web site at www.illawarrafly.com