We’ve been keen to check out the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk for a long time now – but we kept thinking it would be best to put it off until the kids were bigger. Then a few months back we were offered a family pass to review it for Ballarat For Families – meaning with no excuses left it was time to get our tree top walk on!
So one sunny winters Ballarat day we set off from home to explore the Tree Top Walk. After a few games of eye spy and twenty questions in the car we had lunch in Colac before arriving without much trouble. Sign posts and information are good – which is helpful as phone coverage is a little dodgy in parts. The complex at the Otway Fly comprises both the 2km Tree Top Walk and the Otway Fly Zip Line Tour – for those up for a little more adventure out of their day.
The walk itself is 2 kms long and covers some magical rain-forest pathways and prehistoric creatures for the kids, as well as the main tree top adventure. The tree top walk is secure and safe for all ages – even prams. It rises to 30 meter above ground level – but you don’t notice that much of an incline as it’s built into a naturally formed gully. There is also an optional tower climb which takes you up to 47 meter above ground level.
The walk is a circuit and gives you a fabulous birds eye view from the tree tops. Surprisingly looking down the forest reminded me of looking through the water to the ocean floor. Beautiful and so different from looking up. The actual tree top portion of the walk is only about 60o meters but it certainly gives you a great opportunity to explore the huge old trees and see the forest world in a new and interesting way.
The rest of the 2kms is taken up with rain-forest rich pathways that are really remarkable in their own right. The 500 walk down to the Tree Top Walk is beautiful and includes the Prehistoric Pathway filled with dinosaurs to delight the little people. The walk back up to the starting point is a little longer and does feel a bit steep. It might be good to make sure there are two of you to take turns if you’re pushing a pram.
All in all it’s a wonderful way to spend some time exploring the local rain-forest. The Visitor Centre (which is the starting and finishing point) has a cafe, gift shop and small playground. You could easily bring a picnic lunch or choose to move on to explore the Triplet Falls located just a little further down the same road. (The falls may not be suited to the very young).
Otway Fly – Open every day (except Christmas Day) 9.00am – 5.00pm (last entry to tree top walk is 4.00pm)
Family Pass (2 adults 2 children) $59.0 0 **
Child $10.00 (4-15)
ADDRESS: 360 Phillips Track Weeaproinah, VIC, 3233