Every turn through the rainforest treetops revealed new treasures. We felt a sense of awe from being so high above the forest floor. Our elevated walking tour through the quiet canopy of the Otway rainforest brought me an unexpected sense of serenity.
Walking on the ground through a forest is a wonderful experience. Having the rarer opportunity to walk or glide at an elevated height through the forest canopy is even better! Here are eightAustralian tree top options to enjoy.
1. Otway Fly on The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
The Otway Fly in Victoria is a 203km, 126 mi, 2:42 hr drive from Melbourne along the inland route and is also easily accessible from the Great Ocean Road. The Otway Fly provides two main activities.
The Otway Fly treetop walk consists of a 1.9km walk through the rainforest which includes 600m of elevated walking through the forest canopy at a height of 30m. There is also a tower where you can climb to 47m above the ground to take in the view.
An additional activity which is available at the Otway Fly is a 3.5 hour zip lining tour, which includes the Treetop Walk.
2. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway near Cairns, Queensland
The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a short 15 minute drive north of Cairns in Queensland. The Skyrail provides an amazing treetop experience where you can relax and glide across the top of an extensive tract of rainforest.
The 7.5km cableway has two mid station stops where visitors can experience the rainforest by exploring the boardwalks and views. Along the way you will see spectacular Barron Falls. A one way trip will take approximately 1 ½ hours, or return 2 – 2 ½ hours.
There are additional options to make a day trip of the experience. At the top of the cableway is the township of Kuranda which holds the renowned daily Rainforest Market. You can also package your Skyrail experience with a 2 hours trip on Kuranda Scenic Railway which links Kuranda and Cairns. The day trip can be done in either direction. There are other options which can also be added to your day trip.
3. Valley of the Giants near Albany, Western Australia
Valley of the Giants is located 106km, 66 mi, 1:23 hrs west of Albany which is located at the southern tip of Western Australia.
The Valley of the Giants is a forest of massive Tingle Trees (which are a kind of Eucalyptus tree) which can reach a height of 75m and a trunk circumference of up to 20m. Tingle Trees can live for approximately 400 years.
The Valley of the Giants provides two main activities. The Treetop Walk consists of a 600m loop with the highest point at about 40m off the group. The Ancient Empire Boardwalk enables visitors to take a leisurely walk through the immense Tingle Tree forest.
4. Illawarra Fly near Sydney, New South Wales
The Illawarra Fly is located in the Southern Highlands and is a 129km, 80 mi, 1:57 hours south of Sydney.
The Illawarra Fly treetop walk consists of a 1.5km walk through the rainforest which includes 500m of elevated walking through the forest canopy at heights of 20-30m. There is also a tower where you can climb to 45m above the ground to take in the view. The walk is located at the edge of the escarpment so there are many spectacular views to enjoy.
5. Tahune AirWalk near Hobart, Tasmania
The Tahune AirWalk is located in the Huon Valley and is a 89km, 55 mi, 1:30 hr drive southwest of Hobart.
The Tahune AirWalk consists of a 50 minute walk through the tall eucalyptus forest, both on the ground and in the canopy. The elevated walkway culminates in a cantilever extension which sits above the confluence of the Huon and Picton Rivers.
6. Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway near Cairns, Queensland
The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is a 111km, 69 mi, 1:23 hr drive south of Cairns, near the town of Innisfail and located within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway consists of a 2.5km return walk through the rainforest which includes 350m of elevated walking through the forest canopy at a height of 15m. There is also a tower where you can climb to 37m above the ground to take in the view of the North Johnstone River Gorge. The full walk requires 1.5 hours.
7. O’Reillys Treetop Walk near Brisbane, Queensland
O’Reillys Treetop Walk is located beside the O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat which is located in the Lamington National Park and is a 114km, 71 mi, 1:34 hr drive south of Brisbane.
The O’Reillys Treetop Walk is part of the Booyong Walk which consists of a 1.5km loop walk through the rainforest which includes 180m of elevated walking through the forest canopy at a height of 15m. There is also a ladder where you can climb to a 30m high platform to overlook the rainforest.
8. Tambourine Forest Skywalk near Brisbane, Queensland
The Tambourine Forest Skywalk is located at Tambourine Mountain and is a 69km, 43 mi, 0:55 hr drive south of Brisbane, and is on the way to O’Reillys.
The Tambourine Forest Skywalk consists of a one hour walk through the rainforest which includes 300m of elevated walking through the forest canopy at height of up to 30m above the ground.
Have you experienced the elevated treetop walkways of Australia? Please share your experience in the comments below.
Category: Australian Experiences