If you’re looking for a way to get back to nature and explore somewhere new, make your way to one of the Adventure Forests in Tasmania. “What’s an adventure forest?” I hear you ask. Well, there are four of these forests set up around the state, with each offering different “adventure” activities to enable you to experience nature from a different angle.
Tahune Airwalk is about an hour and a half from Hobart, in the state’s south. Here you can explore the canopy and take in spectacular vistas of the Huon and Picton Rivers. The huge cantilever structure takes you out over the forest at a height of 50 metres. Not for the faint hearted! To add to the adventure theme you can also partake in cable hang gliding and a walk over the swinging bridges, or perhaps a Segway tour is more your style. Entry is $26 and it’s open every day except Christmas Day.
Tarkine Forest Adventures is at Dismal Swamp (don’t let the name fool you) in north-west Tasmania. There’s a 110 metre slide that you can ride from the viewing platform at the top, all the way down to a maze of boardwalks that take you through the forest at the bottom. Entry is $20 and includes 2 rides on the slide.
If you’re staying in or around Launceston, then your nearest Adventure Forest will be Hollybank Treetops Adventure. Take a high-wire journey through the forest canopy, or stay closer to the ground with Segway yours if wheels are more your style. Hollybank is open 7 days a week and experiences start at $100 for a 2 hour Segway tour, or $120 for a 3 hour treetop adventure.
Eagles Eyrie, located 75 minutes from Hobart is the “rooftop of Tasmania”. Pedal your way along the heritage rail track, watch the wedge-tailed eagles soar, and finish it off by indulging in some fresh Tasmanian produce.
For more details, see the Adventure Forests website.