LOFTY THRILLS

Western Syd­ney’s lat­est at­trac­tion is aim­ing to hit new heights of ad­ven­ture

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We want to give peo­ple a real chal­lenge and get them out of their com­fort zone

Am­gad Botros

WHAT­EVER you do, don’t look down!

At more than seven storeys high, St Marys’ brand new aerial ad­ven­ture park is not for the faint of heart.

The first of its kind in Aus­tralia, Sky­peak Ad­ven­tures has been un­der con­struc­tion at St Marys Leagues Club since Septem­ber but the con­cept has been in the pipe­line for more than five years.

Thrillseek­ers can chal­lenge them­selves with zip lines, ver­ti­cal jump and fly­ing foxes.

For those who pre­fer to keep it safe, the multi-mil­lion-dol­lar park will fea­ture hang­ing pods and a walk­ing plat­form to take in the views over the Blue Moun­tains.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Am­gad Botros said the park would ce­ment Western Syd­ney’s rep­u­ta­tion as the ad­ven­ture cap­i­tal of NSW.

“There is re­ally not much for young adults to do in the area,” Mr Botros said.

“We want to give peo­ple a real chal­lenge and get them out of their com­fort zone.

“We have taken the Go Ba­nanas con­cept for chil­dren and taken it to the next level to ap­peal to peo­ple aged 16 and older.

“The course will be a fun ex­pe­ri­ence, but it will be both chal­leng­ing and scary.

“(Al­though) there will be eas­ier and more dif­fi­cult tasks but the hosts will be able to guide peo­ple if nec­es­sary.”

With three lev­els and more than 100 chal­lenges of­fered by the park, Mr Botros said the chal­lenge wouldn’t be easy.

“We want to pro­vide peo­ple with a sense of re­ally test­ing them­selves and push­ing them­selves to achieve some­thing,” he said.

Mr Botros said that de­spite the risky na­ture of the park, there was some­thing for ev­ery­one.

“While we are tar­get­ing young adults, we don’t want the lit­tler kids to miss out – there will be a smaller aerial course for them to en­joy,” he said.

“We are also mak­ing the park ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity.”

The en­tire aerial course will take about two hours to com­plete but Mr Botros says only se­ri­ous climbers will be able to take on the whole thing.

The park is ex­pected to open in early April.

Pic­ture: Peter Kelly

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Am­gad Botros at the new Sky­peak Ad­ven­tures in St Marys.

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