7 epic zipline and high ropes challenges in Queensland
You may have planed, trained or automobiled your way around Queensland, got on-ya bike or even a galloped a horse. But really, is there any better way to see Queensland than zooming through the trees on a zipline?
Here’s our pick of the best zipline experiences on offer and (shhhh) even a sneaky peek into more opening soon.
HIGHEST, FASTEST, LARGEST – GOLD COAST
Kick off with The Canyon Flyer: seven huge zip lines crisscrossing the Gold Coast’s Cedar Creek Gorge makes this the biggest zipline around.
Fly high above the treetop canopy before dropping into the spectacular gorge. Now that’s what we call a thrill-seeking adventure! It’s three hours’ worth of guided zip line fun for up to 10 people per tour group.
How Many: 7 ziplines
How Far: Covers 1.5km, longest run is 300m
How High: Highest point 60m
How Fast: Up to 70km per hour
How Much: Adults are $120 and children $100 including 4WD transfer to ziplines
Where: Thunderbird Adventure Park, Mount Tamborine, 90 minutes from Gold Coast beaches.
Bonus: You’ll also find a multi-level high ropes course, the TreeTop Challenge in Thunderbird Adventure Park with its own 10 flying foxes. Get up to 30m high across 9 acres of world-class bushland and rainforest.
FOR THE KIDS – GOLD COAST
Why should the adults have all the fun? Built especially for little ones aged 3 to 7, the Juniors Adventure Park at Thunderbird Adventure Park has two low-to-ground ropes adventure courses including four ziplines.
Don’t worry parents, there’s a specialist team on hand to help so you can concentrate on more important things… like capturing their little faces on video!
How Many: 4 ziplines
How Far: Longest run 15m
How High: Highest point 4m
How Fast: Comfortable for kids
How Much: Children $30 for two hours of fun
Where: Thunderbird Adventure Park, Mount Tamborine – an hour’s drive south of Brisbane
Bonus: The Juniors Adventure Park is also full of other kid-friendly activities including horse riding, laser tag and putt-putt. Plus there are caravan and camping sites or lodges on the banks of Cedar Creek to chill for days.
FLYING HIGH WITH… CROCODILES – GOLD COAST
What would you say to zip lining over crocodiles? If you answered ‘hell yeah!’ then the TreeTop Challenge is for you! Eleven zip lines form part of a high-ropes adventure course allowing you to fly over pristine bushland and wildlife including dingoes, emus, kangaroos and Tasmanian devils.
How Many: 11 ziplines
How Far: Longest run 96m
How High: Highest point 7m
How Fast: 40km/hr
How Much: Adults $49, children $39, family $160 including equipment. The course should take around 3 hours to complete.
Where: Located inside Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast
Bonus: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a whole day chock full of family-friendly fun. Purchase an Experience Pass if you’d like general admission to both the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and High Ropes Adventure Park.
THE SINGLE ROUTE – GOLD COAST HINTERLAND
If you’re checking out the Gold Coast Hinterland, add O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park to your itinerary. Their flying fox adventure park is open to day-trippers as well as guests with views over beautiful Moran’s Creek.
How Many: 1 zipline
How Far: 180m
How High: 25m at the start
How Fast: Go at your own pace
How Much: Adults $35, children $22 (even toddlers are welcome!)
Where: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Canungra, two hours’ drive from Brisbane
Bonus: Still got energy to burn? Try O’Reilly’s Segway Safari or stay overnight for a 4WD bus tour to the Lamington National Park glow-worm grotto. If the nerves need calming after your zip trip, head to O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.
SLOW TRAVEL – MACKAY
Forest Flying near Mackay have designed an experience for slow travel enthusiasts so you can take your time to get a whole new perspective on a tropical rainforest ecosystem. As well as cruising through the trees, your tour includes an introduction to native bush tucker.
Psst! Remember to wear red to attract the iridescent blue Ulysses butterfly, one of the world’s most stunning butterfly species.
How Many: 2 zip lines
How Far: Longest run 230m
How High: Highest point 25m
How Fast: 20km/hr
How Much: $60 per person (18kg and 120kg weight limits) for the 1 to 1.5-hour adventure
Where: Olivers Road, Finch Hatton Gorge, about an hour from Mackay
Bonus: Now you’re aquatinted with the wildlife, spend the day in Eungella National Park exploring waterfalls, swimming holes and walking tracks. Eat at the nearby River Rock Cafe and stay overnight at the Finch Hatton Gorge Cabins.
Need some locals’ tips for getting outdoors in Mackay? Head here.
EVERYBODY’S SURFING NOW – DAINTREE RAINFOREST
Surfing through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest, that is! Let gravity do the work as you sail across the land that 180 million years of time forgot.
Six levels and five viewing platforms amongst the trees will give you unforgettable views of the rainforest. Make sure you take a breather at the freestanding platform perched on the edge of the mountainside which provides 360-degree views into every layer of the canopy and overlooks Cape Tribulation and out to the Great Barrier Reef.
How Many: 6 ziplines
How Far: Longest run 95m
How High: Highest point 16m
How Fast: 40km/hr, with take-it-slow options
How Much: Adults $105, children $95 (3-14years) for 1-2 hours of jungle-surfing fun
Where: Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation – a few hours’ drive north of Cairns
If you’ve come all this way to see the rainforest we’ve put together this handy 4-day itinerary for you.
IN THE (ZIP) PIPELINE
Brisbane will soon have a zip line at Mt Coot-tha, the city’s most iconic spot to take in the skyline and Moreton Bay for only like, the whole last century. Expect a 1.5km treetop canopy tour plus 1.1km of 6 zip lines in parallel the whole family can enjoy simultaneously. Lock it in for late 2019.
The Sunshine Coast (an hour north of Brisbane) also has two new zip line projects underway. One is at Queensland’s iconic Big Pineapple with a ropes course and 15 zip lines (up to 120m long and up to 20m high). Look out for it in late 2018 with eco-accommodation, glamping, and eco-villa options.
Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore is also introducing a zip line and ropes course, which should be open before Easter 2019. There’ll be 10 zip lines (130m the longest with 150 climbing challenges) and a 21m high viewing deck.
Zip, zip and awaaaaaaaay!