These walks elevate you to the same height as the insects, mosses and animals that live in the canopies heights, letting you peek into a world sometimes infinitely richer in life than the forest floor. Here are my favourite Tree Top Walks in Australia:
Tahune AirWalk | Tasmania
Tickets: Adult $26 Child $13 Family $52
Opening hours: 9:00a.m.–5:00p.m.
Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway | Queensland
On the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway I encountered one of the largest remaining stands of complex vine forest in the Wet Tropics. Located in the traditional country of the Mamu Aboriginal people of northern Queensland, the walk’s track winds across the forest floor to a 37m-high observation tower from which you can see the stunning vistas of the World Heritage-listed rainforest. Then you can walk along a sustainably built 350m-long walkway built 15m above the ground, you will encounter the rich insect life, birds and butterflies of the lower canopy while reading signs that tell you about the rich and complex history of the area.
Get there: By car one hour and half from Cairns
Tickets: Adult $20 Child $10 Family $50
Opening hours: 9:30a.m.–5:30p.m
Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk | Queensland
The steel structures of the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk lets you explore the canopies of the pristine rainforest on Tamborine Mountain in south-eastern Queensland. As I was walking 30m above the ground, the 1.5km meandered intermittently through the canopy and rainforest floor I was surrounded by butterflies – so special!
Get there: By car id 50 minutes from the Gold Coast or 1 hour from Brisbane
Tickets: Adult $19.50 Child $9.50 Family $49.50
Opening hours: 9.30a.m.–5p.m
Daintree Discovery Centre Aerial Walkway | Queensland
Discover ancient plants deep in the heart of the oldest intact tropical rainforest in the world, the 180-million-year-old Daintree rainforest in northern Queensland. I made my way to the Daintree Discovery Centre to experience the 14m-high Aerial Walkway – this led me through the middle level canopy of the most biologically diverse rainforest in the world. As this wasn’t wow enough, I then enter the 23 m high canopy tower and saw the stunning view!
Get there: Drive two hours north from Cairns or an hour north from Port Douglas
Tickets: Adult $32 Child $16 Family $78
O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk | Queensland
There are nine suspension bridges swaying 15m above the ground.You can definitely get a thrill factor at the O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk. For an even more exhilarating experience, two observation decks high above the walkway climb nearly 30m above the rainforest floor. While there look out for a few of the 160 species of sub-tropical birds like the Albert’s lyrebird, Wompoo fruit-dove and Topknot pigeons as you wander the canopy, observing canopy plants and wildlife along the way.
Get there: by car is one hour from the Gold Coast and two hours from Brisbane
Opening hours: Everyday