Ad­ven­ture be­gins

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - Lucy Jarvis

MORE than 200 peo­ple took on zipline and climb­ing chal­lenges among the trees at Yanchep Na­tional Park when Trees Ad­ven­ture opened its at­trac­tion last Sun­day.

The com­pany has in­stalled sev­eral cour­ses of wob­bling wooden bridges, tight ropes, cargo nets and zi­plines through tu­art around Bull Banksia Oval.

It is its sec­ond site in WA, with the first open­ing in Lane Poole Park in Dwellingup two years ago.

“When we looked at this lo­ca­tion in Yanchep, we knew that it would be a great place to build our sec­ond WA at­trac­tion, nes­tled amongst this in­cred­i­ble na­ture play­ground,” di­rec­tor Ni­co­las Dansin said.

“Vis­i­tors also have op­tions for a day trip or to stay overnight in Yanchep Na­tional Park.”

Act­ing na­tional park man­ager Mark Var­ley said the cour­ses would com­ple­ment other at­tractions in the na­tional park, which had more than 320,000 vis­i­tors a year.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for our in­ter­na­tional, in­ter­state and lo­cal vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence na­ture play,” he said.

Trees Ad­ven­ture park man­ager Matt Baker said the re­sponse so far had been great, with 205 peo­ple do­ing the cour­ses when it opened to the pub­lic on Novem­ber 18.

Mr Baker said they ex­pected it to be a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion for north­ern sub­urbs res­i­dents and had al­ready re­ceived in­quiries from schools in­ter­ested in in­clud­ing it in their out­door ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum.

Mr Var­ley said the com­pany had left a very small foot­print dur­ing con­struc­tion works. Mr Baker said struc­tures could be re­moved with­out leav­ing a mark on the trees.

“None of the wires touch the trees, so the trees can grow,” Mr Baker said.

There are seven cour­ses with more than 80 chal­lenges and zi­plines at heights of be­tween 2m and 10m that vis­i­tors aged four and older can do in twohour ses­sions.

In­struc­tors gear peo­ple up in har­nesses that use an in­ter­lock­ing safety sys­tem.­mu­ni­ d488837 Pic­ture: Mar­tin Ken­nealey

Act­ing Yanchep Na­tional Park man­ager Mark Var­ley and Trees Ad­ven­ture park man­ager Matt Baker.

Pic­ture: Mar­tin Ken­nealey

Ge­or­gia Ngo tack­les the Trees Ad­ven­ture course at Yanchep Na­tional Park. d488837

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