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Magazines : Breakaway Autumn 2011
HIGH up, high speed, and certainly high adrenalin. The Otway Fly Zip Line attraction transforms a tranquil rainforest setting into one of the most thrilling experiences on offer. But, far from spoiling the natural beauty of the Otways, this eco-adventure aims – and succeeds – in giving visitors a unique way to enjoy the spectacle. Located about 90 minutes from Geelong, the zip line is the newest addition to the popular Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, which offers guests a chance to experience the unseen heights of the rainforest through a raised platform walk. The zip line taps into this head for heights, while offering the incredible thrill of whizzing along on a cable through the trees. With the attraction already proving popular, zip line guests should book in advance one of the tours running regularly throughout the day. On arrival, we were formed into groups of about 10 and taken into the briefing room to get strapped safely into our harnesses. Friendly guides talked us through putting on our harnesses, before carrying out a thorough safety inspection. Heading outside to the simulator, we had a welcome chance to practise our moves just a few feet off the ground. Sitting back in the harness for the first time and trusting it to hold fast was possibly the most nerve- racking point of the whole experience, and made me glad any problems would have resulted in nothing more serious than a bruised bottom. But, as expected, the expert safety measures did their job and we were whisked away to the first of nine ‘cloud stations’. These bouncy white stations circle the trees along the zip line and serve as the departure and arrival points along the zip line route. Under the watchful eye of our friendly and entertaining guides Rachael Sady and Clayton Purvis, we were all soon zipping our way one by one along the first line, measuring about 30m. The breathtaking rush among the high-up canopy felt like flying. While it was tempting to concentrate on nothing but the approaching cloud station landing the first few times, by the time our group reached the longest zip line - all 120m of it - we were easily confident enough to look around and enjoying the stunning views. The zip line finishes at the start of the existing tree top walk, allowing visitors to seamlessly enjoy both activities. And fans of the tranquility offered by the walk needn’t worry, the adrenalin-thrilled zip line is invisible from the boardwalks and doesn’t disturb the natural surroundings. INFO The zip line experience takes about two-a -half hours from check-in to completion, with a further hour recommended for the tree top walk. The Otway Fly is accessed from Phillips Track and is 15 minutes’ drive from Lavers Hill, 45 minutes from Apollo Bay and 40 minutes from Colac. Traveling time from Melbourne via the Princes Highway is 2.5 hours. For bookings and information, call 5235 9200 or visit otwayfly.com Jane Harper experienced the Zip Line thanks to Otway Fly Tree Top Adventures. Win an Otway Fly experience Breakaway has three great Otway Fly experiences to give away. • One family Zip Line pass, valued at $375 (subject to availability). • Two Otway Fly Treetop Walk family passes, valued at $55 each. • Two Otway Fly Treetop Walk single passes, valued at $22 each. Total prize valued at $529. For a chance to win, email your name, address and telephone number to competition@ geelongadvertiser.com.au with FAMILY ZIP, FAMILY TREETOP or SINGLE TREETOP in the subject line or send your name, address and telephone number on the back of an envelope along with the words FAMILY ZIP or FAMILY TREETOP or SINGLE TREETOP to OTWAY FLY Competition, C/- Geelong Advertiser, PO Box 91, Geelong, VIC, 3220 by Friday, March 25. Winners will be notified in writing. For full terms and conditions go to www.geelongadvertiser.com.au GEELONG ADVERTISER I 17
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