GOING TO NEW HEIGHTS
Treetop Challenge course owners confident their ‘significant’ investment will appeal to wide market
PLATFORMS are in place, cables are connected and harnesses are handy for adventurers to take their rainforest exploration from the ground to the canopy.
Treetop Challenge Sunshine Coast owners Steve and David Taylor and their team have built about 90 per cent of the courses they expect will feature prominently in the Big Pineapple precinct redevelopment at Woombye.
Their focus is now on renovating the run-down former macadamia nut building on the site into a headquarters and starting point for a network of courses.
The area’s unique topography has them confident their course is among the highest in the country, with some points at least 20m above the ground.
“If we built a standard adventure park we could have opened two months ago,” Steve said.
“There are not many places in Australia where you can build this high so we decided to take advantage of it.”
Some sections of the forest feature three levels of different courses on top of each other which the brothers believe will add to the atmosphere.
David said the courses were
designed to cater for a wide range of abilities from easy through to extreme.
“There are really amazing spots where you can see the whole valley,” David said.
“We say it is a half-day experience.”
When adventurers are done in the canopy they will be able to zipline across a lake back to the Treetop Challenge headquarters.
“Staff are there to let them
know about what is the best way through the treetops.”
He said his family business, which also includes his parents Max and Julie, had made a “significant” investment in the course.
They already run two other courses at Mount Tambourine and Currumbin.
Steve moved to the Sunshine Coast with six Gold Coast staff members in August to start construction.
FAMILY HIGH: Brother David and Steve Taylor expect to open their Treetop Challenge Sunshine Coast course to the public in March.