The name is a giveaway and very appropriate. If you are in Brisbane, on the Gold Coast, somewhere in this area of South Queensland, this is a place that is worth the trip or diversion.
We set off from Brisbane and it is an easy journey of just over an hour. Our destination was Tamborine, but we stopped off at Skywalk along the way. The turn-off is well marked and there are a good number of parking spaces.
There is an entrance fee for this attraction but it is well worth it, not only for the sensation and the pleasure it gives you but also for the sake of making sure that a place like this is properly maintained and looked after.
After you have bought your tickets and maybe had a cup of tea in the cafe, you pass the entrance stile to an information area which has some fascinating vitrines full of real specimens. Some are from overseas but a lot are from Queensland.
Those are the ones to concentrate on as they prepare you for what you might see. Sometimes we don't see everything, in fact, if truth be told, we rarely do, but we can hear the cicadas creating a real ruckus, as well as the kookaburras and the cockatoos, the rainbow lorikeets or the figbirds. It's good to know what their characteristics are and what they like to eat, which trees they prefer and how they mate. Take some time to absorb the information that is provided. It is well worth it.
Did you know that the scarlet-sided pobblebonk is alive and well in these areas? And that there are quite a few types of frogs to be found here if you are lucky to see them. This is a photo of one taken by Robert Ashdown and you can see why it is called scarlet-sided. Apparently, the 'bonk' comes from the noise it makes. Now that you have seen it, wouldn't it be just the best experience to find it in the wild?
The scarlet sided Pobblebonk
There are bees, fluorescent beetles and butterflies.
The Richmond Birdwing is one of the major ones in this area and you won't hear them but you will certainly see them fluttering around the lantana bushes and the trees. They are stunning to look at and there is a designated area for viewing them.
So having seen some of the wonderful creatures that inhabit the rainforest, it is your turn to venture onto the walkway respectfully and quietly. You can race through and your canopy walk will be done and dusted in about an hour but actually, the longer you linger and just stand or sit and gaze out the better your chances will be for seeing some of the lovely insects and animals or birds you have read about. Binoculars are a must for avid bird watchers.
The feeling of walking tall and looking down is magnificent. It makes you think you are a bit of a queen of the castle or maybe even a king and all your subjects consist of the animal kingdom below but also some above. The trees themselves are to be admired. Many palms with flowering red fruit, other trees in flower, some yellow others a pale white. Sometimes even a vibrant red!
This is a venue where you could not easily tick it off once and for all as every time you return something will be different from the last time. As you move along there are notices about the flora and fauna, giving more interesting facts and things to look out for.
The canopy walk is cleverly organised so that eventually you are brought down to the ground in the gentlest of ways and there are well-marked arrows in Green and Red which will take you further, to the Creek, to the cantilever which has a viewing platform and then onto the butterfly viewing spot before returning to the Skywalk Centre.