Visits to the skywalk vary radically according to the weather. Some days the sky is completely clear and you feel certain you can see the sun glistening off the ocean. On others, mists rising through the rainforest feel like they might engulf you at any moment.
Without a doubt, however, our family's favourite time to visit is at sunrise. When the Rainforest Centre is open, entrance to the skywalk is through the shop and information centre. But in the early mornings, a little gate just to the right of the building is left open so that the skywalk may be accessed outside of office hours. Entrance to the skywalk is free, although a gold coin donation is welcome.
There is a camera tripod attachment permanently installed at the end of the skywalk for families who wish to include everyone in the memory. However, we've found it quite fun to play with shadows at various times of days for family portraits on the rainforest itself
As you leave the canopy going back through the little gate to the side of the Rainforest Centre, there is an entrance to the Pademelon Picnic Area. This area includes a shelter with picnic tables and additional tables on a grassy area under the trees.
A pademelon in the Pademelon Picnic Area next to the skywalk
A picnic breakfast here is the ideal way to round off your morning at the Skywalk before exploring one of the trails, waterfalls, or the Rainforest Centre itself when it opens at 9:00am (daily, except on Christmas Day). If you are quiet, birds from the rainforest may even come to get a closer glimpse of you.
An eastern yellow robin in the Pademelon Picnic Area