My Favourite Tree Top Walks | Australia

As the trees spread out to catch the light, they forms a canopy over the forest creating many homes and habitats for an incredible amount of animals and plants. There is a whole world of wonder to be found in the dappled light of a forest canopy, but humans rarely get to see it at eye level. I find the canopy a great place to scout for wildlife and to get an angle of the forest seen by few others.  I gaze up at it from below or occasionally get a peak from a plane at a canopy top, but rarely do we understand what its really like up there; that is, unless you go on a canopy walk.
These walks elevate you to the same height as the insects, mosses and animals that live in the canopies heights, letting you peek into a world sometimes infinitely richer in life than the forest floor.  Here are my favourite Tree Top Walks in Australia:

Tahune AirWalk | Tasmania

The Tahune AirWalk in Tasmania takes you along eucalypt treetops with breathtaking views of the Tahune Forest Reserve’s canopy. The walk’s steel structure is 29m above the ground and almost 600 metres long, culminating in an impressive 24m-long cantilever, a steel structure that holds you out above a rushing river junction. At two different points I found myself swinging on suspended bridges across the wild Huon and Picton rivers.
I also ended up visiting the Forest and Heritage Centre in Geeveston – the visit was worthwhile.
Get there: By car is one hour and half from Hobart

Tickets: Adult $26 Child $13 Family $52

Opening hours: 9:00a.m.–5:00p.m.

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Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway | Queensland

On the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway  I encountered one of the largest remaining stands of complex vine forest in the Wet Tropics. Located in the traditional country of the Mamu Aboriginal people of northern Queensland, the walk’s track winds across the forest floor to a 37m-high observation tower from which you can see the stunning vistas of the World Heritage-listed rainforest. Then you can walk along a sustainably built 350m-long walkway built 15m above the ground, you will encounter the rich insect life, birds and butterflies of the lower canopy while reading signs that tell you about the rich and complex history of the area.

Get there: By car one hour and half from Cairns

Tickets: Adult $20 Child $10 Family $50

Opening hours: 9:30a.m.–5:30p.m

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Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk | Queensland

The steel structures of the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk lets you explore the canopies of the pristine rainforest on Tamborine Mountain in south-eastern Queensland. As I was walking 30m above the ground, the 1.5km meandered intermittently through the canopy and rainforest floor I was surrounded by butterflies – so special!

Get there: By car id 50 minutes from the Gold Coast or 1 hour from Brisbane

Tickets: Adult $19.50 Child $9.50 Family $49.50

Opening hours: 9.30a.m.–5p.m

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Daintree Discovery Centre Aerial Walkway | Queensland

Discover ancient plants deep in the heart of the oldest intact tropical rainforest in the world, the 180-million-year-old Daintree rainforest in northern Queensland. I made my way to the Daintree Discovery Centre to experience the 14m-high Aerial Walkway – this led me through the middle level  canopy of the most biologically diverse rainforest in the world. As this wasn’t wow enough, I then enter the 23 m high canopy tower and saw the stunning view!

Get there: Drive two hours north from Cairns or an hour north from Port Douglas

Tickets: Adult $32 Child $16 Family $78

Opening hours: 8:30a.m.–5:00p.m.
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O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk | Queensland

There are nine suspension bridges swaying 15m above the ground.You can definitely get a thrill factor at the  O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk. For an even more exhilarating experience, two observation decks high above the walkway climb nearly 30m above the rainforest floor. While there look out for a few of the 160 species of sub-tropical birds like the Albert’s lyrebird, Wompoo fruit-dove and Topknot pigeons as you wander the canopy, observing canopy plants and wildlife along the way.

Get there: by car is one hour from the Gold Coast and two hours from Brisbane

Tickets: Free

Opening hours: Everyday

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