I want more “I can’t believe I just did that” moments. The feeling you get when you jump out of a moving aeroplane for the first time. Or plummet down the edge of a snow-capped mountain at full speed. It’s something I’ve been missing lately; something I am desperate to revive.
So, when I found out that you can zip-line through the Dandenong Ranges, I knew that I had to experience it for myself.
Trees Adventure Glen Harrow Park has nine unique courses, six vertical challenges, and 23 flying foxes that help you get back to nature while experiencing the Dandenong Ranges from above. Each of these courses is colour coded to match the difficulty of the task, with black being the hardest.
When you arrive at the park, you are given a locker, where you can store all your personal belongings. Then you gear up with gloves, a helmet and harness, and make your way to the training area where a crew member will take you through the interlocking safety system.
This practical training session will give you all the tools you need to tackle the tree-top challenges with confidence. Once you make it through the training course, you can choose which route you would like to take.
Be warned; some of the challenges are more difficult than others. And one of them involves a 20-metre free fall drop from high above the canopy. Shaun said that launching himself off the platform was one of the most difficult things he has ever done. And he has gone skydiving, so that’s saying a lot.
You can’t take your phone with you, so I don’t have many photos. But it really is such an amazing feeling to fly through the treetops with kookaburras laughing overhead. You get to swing, leap and climb through a forest full of ancient trees, including a 150-year-old Algerian Oak.
Tickets are $48 per adult, which I think is pretty reasonable for such a unique, well organised and adrenalin fuelled afternoon. And the fun doesn’t have to stop there. You’re in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges so make a day out of it by taking a ride on Puffing Billy, exploring the beautiful Rhododendron Gardens or getting a bite to eat at one of the incredible country cafes in the area.
Belgrave locals recommend The Blacksmith Café for a gourmet burger or hearty meat pie. And if you have some spare change, I would definitely buy a crusty baguette to take home with you.
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