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Published November 20th 2018
Leave any fear at home and enjoy the adventure
A brand new Trees Adventure has opened in WA in November 2018, the second of its kind in WA and the seventh nationwide. It is nestled within Yanchep National Park at Bull Banksia Oval, just 45 minutes north of Perth.
For those of you that are not familiar with Trees Adventure, it is an exhilarating eco-adventure comprising of many tree top obstacles and ziplines that weave through native bushland. It has been constructed sympathetically to the surrounding area and will blend in even more once it has been weathered.
Your adventure starts 30 minutes before your session time as you need to sign a waiver form and be kitted out with a helmet, gloves and harness.
There are free lockers available to store your things; you are advised not to take anything with you as there is a high chance you will lose it.
Once you have your safety equipment, you then join a safety and training session in a small practice area. You will learn how to use the equipment and how to stay attached and secure before you take off on your self-guided experience in the trees.
The practise area where you learn how to use the equipment
There was a lot to take in during the practise session but once you have done the clip and lock system a couple of times, it is second nature and very easy to use. Even the younger children in our group managed to understand and use the equipment with ease.
The safety features of the system ensure you will always be attached and secure at all times.
The beginning of each course starts in the same place at 'The Home Tree'.
There are six courses in total with varying levels of difficulty. There are easy courses for those scared of heights to extreme thrill seeker courses. There are two yellow, one green, two blue, one red and one black course - yellow being the easiest and a maximum of two metres course height to the hardest and most challenging black course with a maximum ten-metre course height.
We started on one of the blue courses and myself (40 something reasonably unfit mother) and two eleven-year-olds cruised the course easily. We had an enormous amount of fun and felt suitably challenged at the end of it.
The red course is a big step up from the blue courses and was hugely challenging for all of us. We all at some point were stuck on a couple of the obstacles, me more than the girls, and I felt I needed to be rescued! However, the staff that walk the course at ground level are there to help and guide you through the difficult parts and the girl who helped me done a good job as I made it to the next platform, exhausted, but I made it.
It goes without saying, we did not try the black course, even if we hadn't have run out of time, we still wouldn't have tried the black course. I personally wouldn't do the red again either! It was a bit scary holding on for dear life and mustering every ounce of energy and upper body strength to get through the hard obstacles. I have the bruises to show my commitment to complete the red course and we all had huge satisfaction that we did finish the second hardest course.
Water is available by the lockers for when you finish and there are toilets and car parking close by.
Booking is essential and can be done by clicking here. Prices start from $25.
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Please note that the admission fees to enter Yanchep National Park (currently $13 per vehicle) are not included in your Trees Adventure price. There is plenty to keep you entertained for the whole day at the Yanchep National Park, so stay for the whole day or even camp and stay the weekend.
So trade your fear for freedom and say yes to adventure!