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Tahune Airwalk – Tree top adventure

7 November 2011 No Comment

Tahune Airwalk Tasmania
Love or hate the forestry industry it has to be said they do provide some very interesting resources and experiences for visitors to Tasmania.

If you visit Adventure Forests Tasmania you’ll find information on four major locations.

Of the four, I’ve been to Tahune Airwalk on more than a few occasions. That is partly because I live relatively close to it. However, if it was rubbish I wouldn’t go back no matter how close I lived.

Tahune’s major attraction is their Airwalk. It is a vast series of elevated walking platforms that take you through the treetops. It is wonderful to get up close and personal with the parts of these beautiful trees that we normal folk don’t usually see. Take your time, look closely and you will be rewarded. If your camera has even a modest zoom you’ll be able to take some great photos.

Most of the walk is very solid under foot and very secure. However, for those who like a bit of a thrill, at the end of the walk there is a cantilever section of the walk where visitors are suspended 48 metres above the ground. Hanging in the air with magnificent views of where the Picton and Huon Rivers meet is absolutely brilliant. The platform does sway gently and I’d suggest if you are scared of heights at all that you’ll need some brave pills for this.

Aside from the airwalk there are several other ground-based walks of varying length and difficulty. I only say “difficulty” because one of the loop walks crosses the two rivers using short and narrow suspension bridges. I loved them but again they may not be for everyone. As usual in Tasmania keep an eye out for the beautiful fungi, particularly in Autumn.

When you get back to the visitors centre you’ll find all the facilities you’d expect including a licensed restaurant/cafe which does good food at good prices, picnic grounds, bbq facilities and the mandatory gift shop. Make sure to take time to watch the informational video in the Information Hut. I was amazed at the life the “piners” led and just how tough things were.

Tahune Airwalk also sports a 400m cable “Hang Gliding” ride that is a LOT of fun. There is also brand new accommodation options available.

On your way to the airwalk factor in a stop at Geeveston. More on that in another article.

If you are visiting Tasmania and don’t have transport or enjoy a guided activity, a Tahune Airwalk tour departs Hobart regularly. It includes the Tahune Airwalk, National Park and Hastings Cave entry fee.

David Moore lives and works in the Huon Valley. He runs a computer business, I Hate My PC and writes computer/tech stuff for a couple of online magazines but his real passion is comedy. Keep an eye out for him doing “stand up” somewhere near you soon!
Image: Vern & Skeet via Flickr

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