If your kids dream of Tarzan, we’ve got the best treetop adventures to seek out on your next holiday. From zip lining to jungle surfing, it’s the perfect excuse to monkey about, writes Grace Wye.
TreeTop Adventure Park, Western Sydney Parklands
This newly opened TreeTop Adventure Park in Sydney’s west is nestled in the perfect location to make your visit unforgettable. Soaring up to four storeys above the ground, this high ropes obstacle course provides panoramic views of the Sydney CBD as you make your way along suspension bridges and fly down zip lines. While the general entry is perfect for everyone aged 10 to 80, if you have a younger family, TreeTop Adventure Park also has a specialised children’s obstacle course for those littlies aged three to nine. Prices start from just $25 for children on the obstacle course and range up to $120 for adults completing the breathtaking TreeTop Safari. There is also a five percent family discount for two adults and two children.
TreeTop Adventure Park also has Central Coast and Newcastle locations, each offering activities for different ages and abilities.
Sydney Olympic Park
You don’t need to travel for hours to experience the thrill of climbing high through the trees – Sydneysiders need look no further than their own backyard. Urban Jungle at Sydney Olympic Park is open to everyone aged eight and above who is 125cm or taller. Get strapped in and embark on your journey around the course as you crawl through barrels and make your way through more than 50 aerial obstacles. Ending with a thrilling flying fox, Urban Jungle is a great way to get the kids away from the screens and into the fresh air as the whole family bonds together. At only $35 for both children and participating adults, and $3.50 for adults supervising from the ground, this is a great half-day outing for busy families.
Trees Adventure Grose River Park, Yarramundi
Officially opened in June this year, Trees Adventure Grose River Park gives children as young as four a chance on the high ropes. Safety is, of course, paramount and the fantastic yellow course is specifically designed for littlies over 100cm tall. It includes the perfect number of daredevil thrills to boost their confidence without terrifying them; it’s also a great way for siblings or friends to practise their teamwork skills.
The park is not just for the little kids – it also offers a variety of courses graded by colour. Don’t go in too cocky, though – the obstacles make you work for it. Luckily, the 21 flying foxes make the effort all worthwhile. Kids aged four to nine cost $25, kids aged 10 to 17 years and concessions cost $33, and adults are $39.
Otway Fly, near Lavers Hill on the Great Ocean Road
The Otway Fly consists of adrenaline-pumping zip line journeys through the forest as well as the Otway Fly Treetop Walk. The Treetop Walk costs $24 per adult, $10 per child (four to 15) and $64 for a family of two adults and two kids.
For that little bit extra, the zip line tour sees you strapped into harnesses and zipping along steel cables through the picturesque Victorian forest. To take flight on the zip line, children must be at least four years old and 105cm tall, although children under 115cm are required to ride tandem with a parent. Children four to six cost $75, ages six to 15 years are $82.50 and adults cost $115. The family rate for two adults and two children is $375.
Thunderbird Park Adventure Parc, Tambourine Mountain
Set high above the ground, the obstacle courses at Thunderbird Park Adventure Parc are designed to get progressively harder so children and adults alike can challenge themselves as they make their way through each. To embark upon the challenge, participants must be able to reach at least 160cm, or those brave enough to attempt the black course will need to be able to reach up to heights of at least 180cm. With five levels in all consisting of barrels, climbing nets, suspension bridges and more, families can test just how high they dare to go. The courses range in altitude from two to 20 metres off the ground. Prices are $39 for a child (under 18) and $49 per adult. Concessions pay $44 with student card, and families of two adults with two or three children pay $160.
Jungle Surfing, Cape Tribulation
The Daintree Rainforest is known for its natural beauty and unique wildlife, but you can’t say you have truly seen this landmark until you have explored it from above. Jungle Surfing lets families with kids aged three and above experience a birds-eye view of this slice of paradise as they are strapped into a harness to whizz through the treetops on a gravitydefying flying fox. Even if you’re not a thrill seeker, the speed of the flying fox can be adjusted so you can take in your surrounds and capture breathtaking photos. Of course if speed and excitement are up your alley, Jungle Surfing even gives you a chance to hang upside down, hands-free in your harness as you soar through the trees. Tours cost $90 per person.
Adventure Parc High Ropes Course, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
For families in search of something truly different, Adventure Parc High Ropes Course at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary provides real adventure and a nature-based experience like no other. With 65 challenges over four separate courses weaving their way through the eucalypt and rainforest canopy, this day out sure will get you and the kids back to nature! Taking in elements of SAS commando training, this high-altitude adventure course is designed to make your muscles ache as you battle your way through the obstacles. You’ll be pulling yourself backwards along a cable, tackling the oscillating bridge, swinging on ropes like Tarzan, and more. With a range of different levels of difficulty, everyone participating in the Green and Red courses must be able to reach 160cm, and for the Black course 180cm. Prices are $54 per adult, $38 per child (aged four to 14) and $45 concession. Family passes are also available and range from $146 to $184.