We have just spent the day at Hollybank Wilderness Adventures near Launceston in Tasmania, and are still buzzing from the experience!
I’ve always been a bit of an adrenaline lover, skydiving and bunjy jumping as a youngster, and it’s something I thought we wouldn’t be able to do while
Hollybank is nature play at it’s most extreme, where you can experience the feeling of flying through the trees on a secure zipline, or climbing like a monkey through one of their rope courses up in the canopy.
Hollybank Wilderness Adventures Experiences
We chose to do the
When we arrived at Hollybank Wilderness Adventures the first thing we did was to sign in, get weighed and try and eat our body weight in complimentary candy canes that were on the desk (well, it is Christmas). The tour is suitable for ages 3-80+, and kids under 8 or under 35kgs need to ride tandem with an adult. Max weight (single or tandem) is 135kgs. Once the paperwork was done we headed into the training room, where our lovely guides Emily and Harrison introduced themselves, let us know what to expect on the tour and got us kitted out with our zipline gear.
Helmets and safety gear in place, we then headed out to the training ground, where we got to see how to fly and
There are 7 cable spans in total at Hollybank Wilderness Adventures, ranging in length from 15m – 400m and up to 50m in height above the forest floor. Some of the runs are high speed, while others are more relaxed letting you enjoy the 360′ views. My
There were lots of stops at the ‘cloud stations’ along the way to educate us about the
Hitting the Ropes
After the tour it was time for lunch (Arthur was pleased!) There’s a cafe onsite and also picnic tables where you can bring your own food. After lunch we headed back to reception where we met Hamish, our ropes guide for the afternoon. We suited up in our safety gear again and headed out to the training course, where we were shown how to use our cables and carabiners before heading to the treetops. The course is only suitable for ages 4+, so Arthur had an ice cream with dad while me and Renner hit the ropes.
There are 4 courses available, starting at the yellow course for
I got as far as the red course which challenged me to the max, but I’m determined one day to return and give the black one a go. The red course ended in a 15m jump to the ground, and while the ground came rushing towards me memories of bungy jumping as a teenager came rushing back too. The adrenaline was awesome, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel a little bit like a ninja warrior (although I’m absolutely certain I didn’t look like one!)
If you’re taking the kids to Hollybank Wilderness Adventures don’t miss the chance to have a go yourself. Unless you’re afraid of heights that is, then I’d recommend watching loved ones from the ground and maybe giving their forest Segway tour a go which sailed past us as we were enjoying the ropes and looked like brilliant fun too.
Hollybank Wilderness Adventures is open 7 days, pre-booking is essential and you can do this by calling them on 03 6395 1390 or heading to their website.
You can see all the highlights of our day in our video below…..
If you’re exploring Tasmania with kids and love wildlife, don’t miss a visit to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
We were guests of Hollybank Wilderness Adventures for the purpose of this review, but all thoughts and opinions are our own.