Now don't get confused by all the tree top adventure courses out there these days. It seems climbing up ropes, hanging precariously by a harness and walking along wooden beams high off the ground is the new challenge sport for all ages. The competition out there is high so finding a course which suits your needs is important. We headed out to Trees Adventure at Grose River Park for its closest proximity to Sydney CBD. The owners and operators, Tim and Sophie Mulligan make the booking process very easy and before you know it you are in a harness with a helmet on your head ready to learn the safety rules and have a practise run. Tim demonstrated the simplicity of their 'no fail' safety locks with calm precision and after we all showed we were competent and not likely to kill ourselves we walked to the start of the course.
I have to admit this is not my cup of tea, but I gave it a go. The two hour course, from beginning to end is suitable upwards from 4 year olds and I certainly felt like a nervous youngster as I sat into my harness and rode the flying fox to the first treetop ledge. Then I walked along rope bridges and wooden beams onto the next ledge. I procrastinated over the high flying fox and carefully edged my way over yet another beam. I stepped onto the large cargo net and slowly, very slowly walked along sky high, keen to get to the other side. I held on tight to each rope and even hugged the trees at some points. I safely attached my lock to each carabiner, looked down occasionally and looked up occasionally. I was happy to see the end looming and I was even happier to complete the final challenge.
This was the beginners level of the entire course. There were more to come which I was more than happy not to attempt. This was just me. The rest of my group loved it and were loving the challenge of going higher and higher with each level increasing in difficulty.
Built on 70 Sydney Blue Gum Trees this certainly is a scenic course. I was enjoying being on the ground appreciating the beauty of the scenery. Bell birds ,a sea eagle family and a laughing kookaburra make these tree tops their home. I am sure the cheeky kookaburra was laughing at me.
The others in my group made it high into the canopy - swinging, leaping, climbing and flying from treetop to treetop - even exploring the airborne skateboard and the final 10m drop to the ground. A beautiful course and a fun way to explore the environment and challenge yourself all at the same time. Even the faint hearted can face their fears and achieve something to be proud of... even if it is just the beginners course like me.