GO­ING TO NEW HEIGHTS

Tree­top Chal­lenge course own­ers con­fi­dent their ‘sig­nif­i­cant’ in­vest­ment will ap­peal to wide mar­ket

Sunshine Coast Daily - - FRONT PAGE - STUART CUMMING [email protected]­news.com.au

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.

Photo: War­ren Ly­nam

FAM­ILY HIGH: Brother David and Steve Tay­lor ex­pect to open their Tree­top Chal­lenge Sun­shine Coast course to the pub­lic in March.

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