Fly above the Victorian rainforest with this three-hour adventure challenge
High above the Otways rainforest, this platform-to-platform flying fox takes you on seven ziplines of varying speeds and lengths, and two rope bridges.
Operations manager Ben Edwards is happy to tell you the history of the land around and beneath you, even as he launches you off platforms or catches you at great speed. Pointing out the ways in which past logging has changed the layout of the forest, he'll identify different species and explain their behaviour. It's this interest in the natural environment that sets Otway Fly apart as an adventure destination.
In 2010, Edwards helped construct the rigging that's set carefully into eucalyptus trees (that can grow up to around 120m high) so as to preserve them. The design, by Vertical Innovations, is an upgrade of the award-winning Hollybank Treetop Adventure in Tasmania, and was built without the use of machinery, which would have damaged the ecosystem. Annually, arborists assess the health of the trees, which are given a sonic tomograph. There are no excursions beyond 4pm so as not to disturb the largely nocturnal wildlife.
As for the experience itself, while exhilarating (particularly when the fog is so thick as to render the next platform invisible), it also feels very secure. Even those with a fear of heights (we have our hand up here) will find they're soon impatient to be airborne as they progress from platform to platform.
If you're not game enough to fly (or abseil – there's that, too), you could try the gentler treetop walk or a bush walk down the "prehistoric path". Alternatively, we'll just meet you back at the onsite café.
No jaunt down the Great Ocean Road should be complete without ducking inland to experience the rainforest – and you don't get much deeper into it than this.
Online bookings attract a discount. Visit the Great Ocean Road over a long weekend and experience Monday's the New Sunday.
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360 Phillips Track