This Father's Day Take to the Trees

29 August 2012

This Sunday, we have the opportunity of collectively thanking our Dads. On Father's Day it's great if families enjoy a delicious meal and spend quality time together. But here at Flight Centre, we're always on the lookout for a great travelling experience. So this Father's Day after lunch, why not take the clan to appreciate Australia's natural beauty - but don't just admire our bush from the ground - head to the trees for a different perspective.

Here are our pick of Australian canopy walks.

 O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk

Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway, Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland
Constructed in 2006 after Cyclone Larry, the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is a 350 metre elevated walkway overlooking the spectacular tropical rainforest below. Once you've done the canopy walk, head over to the cantilever that extends over the North Johnston River Gorge and the 37 metre tall observation tower.

Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Walpole Wilderness National Park, Western Australia
The 400 year old trees in the Walpole Wilderness National Park are best admired from the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. The 600 metre boardwalk was constructed 40 metres above ground level to enable curious travellers to appreciate the grandeur of these magnificent trees near Denmark in Western Australia.

O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk, Lamington National Park, Queensland
One of the first tree top walks to be constructed in Australia was O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk - it's idyllically situated in the Lamington National Park. The walk itself is a series of nine suspension bridges positioned 15 metres from the ground and the view includes flowering and fruiting trees and vines, epiphytic orchids and ferns and the various animals that occupy the forest canopy.

Tahune AirWalk, Tahune Forest Reserve, Tasmania
The Tahune AirWalk extends through the canopy of a eucalypt forest in the Tahune Forest Reserve, just east of Tasmania's capital, Hobart. From the canopy walk, journey over to the cantilever and admire the vistas over the confluence of the Huon and Picton Rivers.

Otway Fly Treetop Walk, Otway Ranges, Victoria
Inland from Apollo Bay, the Otway Fly Treetop Walk is one of the highest and longest canopy walks in the world. Designed with minimal impact to the forest environment, the Fly is 600 metres long, rises 40 metres above the forest floor and can withstand 280km/hr winds.

SkyWalk, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland
A recent new-comer to the tree top walk offerings, the SkyWalk is located on Tamborine Mountain inland from Queensland's Gold Coast  and features is a 300 metre steel bridge that extends over the rainforest canopy. There's also a 40 metre long Cantilever erected 30 metres above the creek below.

Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk, Southern Highlands, New South Wales
Perfectly situated in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, the Illawarra Fly takes travellers 30 metres above the forest floor and stretches 500 metres to offer great views of a beautiful rainforest. While you're in the area also explore the 45 metre high spiral tower and the two swaying cantilevers suspended 25 metres over the edge of an escarpment.

Daintree Discovery Centre, Daintree Rainforest, Queensland
As part of an interpretive centre 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River, the Daintree Discovery Centre Aerial Walkway offers a great view of the stunning Daintree Rainforest. The nearby Canopy Tower rises 23 metres high and boasts five viewing platforms. 

Lyndon Barnett

Guided by curiosity and a sense of adventure, Lyndon travelled independently to 69 countries on six continents. As such, travel is Lyndon's only addiction. He enjoys with equal measure - scaling the peaks of a South American mountain at altitude, attending opera in a European Opera House or hunting for a bargain in an Asian market.