Live Wire Park

This high-fly­ing ad­ven­ture park near Lorne will chal­lenge your body and mind.

Time Out (Melbourne) - - THINGS TO DO - By Ni­cola Dowse

LIVE WIRE PARK is the first of its kind in Aus­tralia to go com­pletely off the grid: the park runs on so­lar power, col­lects and treats its own rain­wa­ter, and has worked hard to re­duce its en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact dur­ing con­struc­tion. But enough about the park’s eco cred – you’re here for some heart-stop­ping ac­tion, and you won’t be dis­ap­pointed. Live Wire Park is es­sen­tially a huge ad­ven­ture playground just out­side of Lorne where you’ll climb, swing, leap, wob­ble and fly through tow­er­ing eu­ca­lyp­tus forest. The park has four ex­pe­ri­ences: the Canopy Circuit, the Shock­wave Zip Coaster, the Short Circuit and the Su­per Circuit. If you’re here for a chal­lenge, book in for a two-hour stint on the Su­per Circuit, where you’ll be pushed to your lim­its phys­i­cally and men­tally. That’s not hy­per­bole – from wob­bly wire bridges to vine-like rope cross­ings, some of the mid-air ob­sta­cles you’ll face on the circuit really will stump you. Our ad­vice? Put your best foot for­ward, lit­er­ally. Though us­ing your arms first is in­stinc­tive, many of the ac­tiv­i­ties on the su­per circuit are eas­ier to tackle if you use your feet first in­stead.

Once you latch onto the guidewires on the ground you’re con­nected un­til you safely re­turn to the earth. That means you don’t need a guide to as­sist you and you can tackle each ac­tiv­ity at your own pace. There are five paths you can take on the circuit (path one is the eas­i­est, path five the hard­est). At the end of each path is ar­guably the best part: a zip line through the trees and back to solid ground. Those with no fear will be de­lighted by the Tarzan Swing and Quick Drop ac­tiv­i­ties. It’s pretty com­mon to see par­ents giv­ing their kids a bit of en­cour­age­ment to jump, but al­most equally com­mon to see kids do­ing the same for their par­ents. The Su­per Circuit has 53 ac­tiv­i­ties to com­plete, and it’s pos­si­ble to do them all in the two-hour time pe­riod if you’re fit. For younger kids the Short Circuit of­fers a taste of the Su­per Circuit in a smaller, 26 ac­tiv­ity-sized package. If you want your thrills sit­ting down head over to the Shock­wave Zip Coaster: an ex­hil­a­rat­ing, 525-me­tre, twist­ing stretch of zip line sus­pended through forest. The course weaves so close to the trees it feels like you’ll crash (you won’t). In­cluded in the ad­mis­sion price ($5-$10) is en­try to the canopy walk, which is a great way to wind down. You might even spot a koala or two. All other ex­pe­ri­ences come at an ad­di­tional cost ($30-$55 per person), but the sense of achieve­ment makes them well worth it. ■ 180 Ersk­ine Falls Rd, Lorne 3232. 1300 5483 9473. livewirepark.com.au. Daily 8.45am-5pm.

You’re here for some heart­stop­ping ac­tion

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