GREEN FROG ADVENTURES
“I’m going on an adventure” quoted by Bilbo Baggins, in Peter Jackson’s 2012 epic fantasy adventure film The Hobbit: an unexpected journey, has often been used to describe fun filled missions to the local shops (usually while inebriated), long distance road trips with mates and, as in the movie, a trip of self discovery which will most likely only happen once in a lifetime. Our recent adventure within Back Creek Canyon, which is nestled in the lush green subtropical rainforest of South East Queensland, with my 11-year son Max, fell fully into the movie description.
It all started with a comment from my better half suggesting I needed to spend more time with our prepubescent son to get to know him better and to get him away from the Xbox, Ipad, fridge repeat cycle. I have always loved the outdoors and I thought this might be an ideal chance to imbue Max with similar feelings of nature. Holidaying in SE QLD, we were a little spoilt for choice, beach, bush walking, swimming holes etc, however, we had done those activities before an I wanted us to experience something new and different. After quick search of local adventure companies in the Brisbane area, I decided that with Graham and Kelly from Green Frog Adventures would be the right mix of adventure and nature that I was after, and after a quick call to their team, a long day Canyoning adventure was booked.
Not knowing exactly what canyoning was, I referred to Youtube to search for Back Creek Canyon. The search results came up and an adventure of epic proportions (well for my son and I), looked to be on the cards with abseiling through waterfalls, bounding over boulders and logs, jumping into rock pools and trekking through spectacular rainforest – all within two hours from Brisbane! Who would have thought?
On the day, Max and I turned up to the little scenic reserve just outside Canungra with the advised equipment and clothing – notably, comfortable clothing and footwear that could get wet was essential. We met Graham and Kelly and commenced a safety brief followed by equipment issue and a lesson in abseiling. Then we were off… We were going on an adventure! After a short walk down the creek, we came to the first abseil, straight down through a waterfall. This was the point at which I thought, “…. Maybe this is a bit much for us, may be I should have just taken Max to the beach.” I mean, looking over the edge made me feel apprehensive. Graham and Kelly were fantastic. They were a professional team with our experience and safety at the forefront of all their actions. So we both completed the first abseil and the feeling is indescribable. It was a mix between
“We are both going to die – how am I going to tell his mother” and ‘OMG we are Alive and this is the most awesome thing ever!’
We walked down the creek a little further, climbing, bum sliding and jumping over rocks that ranged from the size of a small car to some easily bigger than our house and came across a beautiful sun bathed pool… 3m below us. Without a word, Kelly jumped straight in and called for us to follow. Max had no hesitations and leapt straight in. I had to follow, didn’t need him to see me baulking. It was over quickly and we sat down to some lunch with a little more swimming in the pool. Max found a way back up to the top of the jump and continued with 2-3 more leaps each with louder shrieks of joy. I had to give it to him; at least he was out of the house and enjoying the outdoors.
After lunch was a short rock hop to the next abseil, which was much easier than the first. Perhaps it was because there was no waterfall flowing endlessly into your face this time. The last obstacle was what I can only describe as the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my adult/parenting life, and I will keep it a surprise for those that also choose to embark on their own adventures. But needless to say, both Max and I came out unscathed and a lot closer as Father and Son.
From here we found the exit and commenced the bush walk back the car. On the walk out, I got to reflecting on the day and our adventure. I surmised that this was exactly what my amazing wife had wanted, her tubby hubby and her boy to reconnect and have our own little adventure. But I also thought how this exact activity would be an amazing way for anyone to bring a group of people together, from a sporting club, or small business to a corporation. Being able to identify individual’s strengths and weaknesses as well as individual stress reactions within yourself and your team are invaluable tools to have to help your team grow.
I thought it was just a catch cry, but the Green Frog Adventures motto – ‘Outside your comfort zone is where the magic happens’ is exactly true. If Max and I hadn’t gone out on our adventure, just like Bilbo Baggins, wouldn’t have found our self discovery as well as a shared love of the outdoors. I can’t thank Graham and Kelly enough.
They are passionate about providing a professional, unique, customer focused experience for a very reasonable price. If you are in the Brisbane/gold coast area, do yourself a favour and give them a call, you will not forget or regret it.