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Published October 3rd 2017
Climb the Home Tree & Swing through the Forest like Avatars
During our last school holidays, after motorbike riding, swimming in the river, visiting the local zoo, going to the movies, drawing and other activities, we searched for an adventure that was somewhat exhilarating and challenging.
We'd heard that Trees Adventure, Lane Poole Park in Dwellingup was worth the scenic drive, from friends & other Facebook users who'd been. We decided this was it time to go.
Trees Adventure is a rope and zipline obstacles tree arena that has earnt the status as "Australia's Number 1 Tree Ropes and Ziplining Experience." Situated in 6 parks across 4 states Western Australia; Victoria; New South Wales; & Tasmania, the challenges are varied and range from 2 metres up to 16 metres high in the tree canopy.
Trees Adventure, Lane Poole Park has separate levels for different ages & abilities on 9 courses. In total there are more than 80 aerial climbing challenges and 23 flying foxes; the longest being 100 metres long.
Image courtesy of: Simone Lee - Home tree or home base
There are five colours signifying the varying degrees of difficulty, which includes a minimum age limit that must be adhered to. All colours, except yellow, start at one central home tree or the home base. These colour levels can be found on the web page:
Yellow for 4 to 7 years old 2 courses with a total 20 challenges and 6 flying foxes up to 2 metres high. Children must be supervised at all times by an adult, who is unable to participate on the yellow course, but does not have to pay. Yellow course is in an area by itself, detached from the other colours.
Green from 8 years old 2 courses with a total 20 challenges and 5 flying foxes up to 6 or 8 metres high. Participation by 1 adult per 4 kids is required for 8 to 12 years old.
Blue from 8 years old 2 courses with a total 19 challenges and 4 flying foxes up to 8 or 10 metres high. Participation by 1 adult per 4 kids is required for 8 to 12 years old.
Red from 10 years old 1 course with a total 15 challenges and 4 flying foxes up to 12 metres high. Participation by 1 adult per 4 kids is required for 10 to 12 years old.
Black from 13 years old 1 course with a total 8 challenges and 1 flying fox up to 14 metres high. Supervision free of charge by an adult recommended from the ground for 13 to 17 years old. Compulsory to complete red first.
Xtreme Black from 16 years old 1 course with a total 7 challenges and 2 flying foxes up to 16 metres high. Supervision free of charge by an adult recommended from the ground for 16 to 17 years old. Compulsory to complete black first.
The green, blue, red & black courses have no maximum age limit. It's all dependent on your own capability. No one will push you to finish a part you're not comfortable with. There are also supervisory guides around the courses that monitor and help people who are stuck or simply unsure.
Upon completion, each participant will receive a certificate to stamp for the course or courses accomplished. It's a great feeling to finish a course and to attempt higher levels if permitted.
Before all the fun can start, you will need to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your booking to allow for parking on-site, check-in, getting kitted out with your gear, safety instructions with harness locking on & off etc. and 'how to' training.
Come prepared! Bookings (including vouchers) are for a 2 hour session, or longer if purchasing additional time slots and can be made via the website or by calling (08) 9463 4063. They are necessary as numbers are limited for enjoyment and safety purposes.
A confirmation email will be sent prior to your arrival with a waiver form to sign as a formality. Please remember to get it signed by the parents of children who are under 18 years old. One must be completed for each participant. This includes adults.
Wearing comfortable, casual clothing preferably is suggested and closed in shoes is a prerequisite. You may bring your own drinks or food. For those who wish to buy on the day, the canteen has drinks available and food organised daily.
Image courtesy of: Simone Lee - yellow course in background
There is plenty of seating to eat and drink at or simply rest taking in the forest view. Anyone may watch from the ground. Spectators are free to wander the course from below to provide supervision and encouragement.
What will all of this cost you as a participant? Prices range from $25 per kid to $48 per adult for each 2 hour session. Concessions are offered and depending on group size a 10% discount may apply. Trees Adventure is a great opportunity for schools & corporate groups to create team building skills.
When are they open? On school holidays & public holidays, 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. Normal trading hours are from 9am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday. Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Mondays are offered for group pre-bookings only. For evening sessions or anything outside these times, please contact Trees Adventure directly on (08) 9463 4063 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How long to get there? About a 35-minute drive from Pinjarra; 50 minutes from Mandurah and 1 hour 30 minutes from Perth.
Take the Kwinana Freeway South, exit at Pinjarra Road & keep heading south. Make a left turn onto George Street, South Western Highway, then right onto Pinjarra Williams Road & right again onto Nanga Road until you reach Trees Adventure.
Still not sure? Take a look at the FAQ's page and you may find your answer. Waiver forms & brochures can also be downloaded from the website. Camping grounds and barbeque areas are nearby. Toilet facilities are onsite and there is no phone reception at the park.
For an adventure with a difference that gets the adrenalin pumping. Especially the airborne skateboard at Lane Poole Park on the red course! Look for a Trees Adventure nearest you.