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