TreeClimb Adelaide is Australia’s first inner city aerial adventure park, and it’s right in the Adelaide city park lands.
Here’s what you need to know about TreeClimb
TreeClimb offers adventure seekers 7 elevated tree walk courses, plus zip lines, within the 16,000 sqm zone setting of Kurrangga Park. It’s suitable for ages 3 years and over, above 100cm in height. There are more than 70 obstacles where you can climb among the tree tops no matter what the weather – rain, hail or shine.
Groups of up to 20 climbers can go every 20 minutes, 7 days a week. The only time it won’t operate is if there is lightning.
24 elevated tree top obstacles – for climbers between 100cm to 135cm height. More about the Children’s Course below.
52 elevated tree top obstacles – for climbers above 135cm height, maximum weight 135kg
5 progressively challenging obstacle courses, featuring zip-lines a Tarzan swing, flying carpet and trapeze.
The Grand Course consists of 52 challenges and is designed for thrill seekers and active adventurers of all abilities. Divided into 5 different levels of difficulty, each aerial or tree top path offers a fun and interactive set of challenges for every individual. Start with the Green course after passing the practice course, progress to the Blue, Red and then challenge yourself on the Black course.
May 2020 – There is also a new course featuring 100% zip-lines moving you from one side of the park to the other. It consists of 5 zip-lines taking you under other obstacles and flying behind the Tarzan cargo net.
Before hitting the tree tops there is a safety training session where you will be helped into your safety harness, listen to instructions and watch a short safety video. This will teach you a few of the rules that must be followed:
- There must be no more than 3 people on a platform at any one time.
- Only 1 person at a time on any walkway.
There is a practise area where you will learn how to hook your lead onto the course system, and the TreeClimb team will help guide you. Once you’re comfortable with this, you are ready to hit the courses.
- Don’t forget you will be wearing a helmet, and long hair must be tied back.
- Closed toe shoes that won’t come off, are mandatory.
- Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in and not too bulky – you will be wearing a harness that goes around each thigh and your waist. Active wear is your friend here.
- Bring a water bottle – they have a free drinking fountain where you can re-fill your bottle.
- There are lockers there – you will need a $1 coin to use them.
- If you want to take your phone with you to take pics, it’s recommended you use a phone pouch on a lanyard. It’s a long way down if you drop your phone! Also with the safety harness on it’s difficult to reach your pockets.
- Be aware of street car parking limits around this area – the parking inspectors are very active.
- Book your session online before you go. Some sessions do fill up – you don’t want to turn up with excited kids and find out it’s booked out all day.
Important Note: once you hook onto the course system at the main platform you can’t get off until the end, which is a zipline down. You can’t overtake anyone – you are locked into the order that you hook onto the system. This also means there is no turning back – you have to follow the course until the end. So, it is important when you get up and see the course at the start that you decide if you are going to be able to do it or not. Just be aware that for security and safety, you are locked into the system and there’s no quick way of getting down if you freak out in the middle of the course. One of the TreeClimb staff will have to rescue you which means everyone on that course has to stop and wait. Don’t worry though, they are very well trained and have already done plenty of rescues since opening.
Current pricing as of May 2020:
Grand Course: $39 per person for 2 hours including the safety training
Children’s Course: $29 per child for 80 minutes including the safety training
They also have multi-visit passes available and gift vouchers. Visit the TreeClimb website to find out more
Grand Course at TreeClimb
The courses all start at the one platform. From there you need to decide which course you are going to hook onto. For the Grand Course, the one on the right is the easiest, least scary course – the Green course. However, as you can see from these pics below, it’s still pretty challenging with large gaps between the timber steps which wobble as you cross.
Personally, I’m a huge scaredy cat and not hugely fond of heights, so it took a little bit of courage and a couple of looks before I got onto the Green course you see below.
The walkways sometimes have a line you can hold on one side, or both sides, depending on the design, or you can hold onto your lead above as you walk across. All I can say is try not to look down too much if you’re not overly brave like me.
If you miss a step, don’t worry, you are securely held up and will not fall.
At the end of the courses, the only way down is the zipline. I thought the zipline looked pretty terrifying at first from below, but found that this one is actually a gentle fly down (be aware, the other zipline on the more challenging courses is a much faster descent). The worst bit is just having to step off that platform below, into the air, for the first time. It is recommended you tuck your knees up a bit to embark on your zip down. After I got over how high it was and managed to step off, I totally enjoyed the ride down. Again, I must reiterate that I am “a total chicken” – as described by my own children, so if I can do this course, anyone can – unless you have a very serious fear of heights – and even then, it could be the best time to face that fear and conquer it. This is probably the scariest height thing I’ve ever done, and I felt quite brave getting through it. I didn’t dare tackle the next step up from this one though.
For the thrill seekers, at the main platform you should hook onto the system on the left. The pic below is the first walkway you cross to go onto other more challenging things.
See our video below to see a bit more of the action, including the amazing Tarzan swing on these more challenging courses.
Children’s Course at TreeClimb
The 3 children’s courses have 21 tree top activities, allowing climbers to progressively complete the Yellow course, then the Purple course and challenge themselves on the Orange course. The TreeClimb crew are there to offer training and guidance, however they encourage parental support from the ground. Children 14 years or under must be supervised by a parent or caregiver.
Can you go on the Children’s Course with your child or children? It is not recommended as the Children’s Course is designed for smaller humans and can pose a risk to yourself or others on the course. You can still be involved from the ground as you guide your child(ren) through the course and follow them on the zip-lines. The course is designed for little people with a minimum height of 100cm and no more than 135cm. However, the day we were there, TreeClimb were a little relaxed with this and there were parents (those who weren’t too tall) allowed to go on the Children’s Course with their child.
Be aware that the lowest platform is still 4 metres from the ground. As you can see there are walkways with great big gaps that little ones will need to be brave enough to cross over. It’s worth it though to get to that zipline. The kids absolutely love the zipline down and it encourages them to go again and again even if just for the zipline down. Unfortunately there is no easy direct route straight to the zipline – they do make the kids work for it.
If you child is going on the Children’s Course do you need to buy a ticket for yourself? No, you don’t. TreeClimb encourage parents to be on the ground to help guide the kids and for that you don’t need a ticket. If your child is fine on their own you can sit at the cafe, the Eco Hut, and enjoy a coffee.
In fact, TreeClimb is completely open and not fenced off, therefore you are welcome to go and watch with no need for a ticket. You only need to buy a ticket if you are climbing.
The planning process and collaboration with the Adelaide City Council and Adelaide Park Lands Authority undertaken to secure, create and build the TreeClimb has been extensive. A commitment to ongoing engagement with arborists and ecologists to assess the health and sustainability of the space has made way for a truly unique and exciting eco-friendly experience for Adelaide.
See our original post about TreeClimb here for more info about this installation that has been 4 years in the making.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the TreeClimb website here
What: TreeClimb Adelaide – Aerial Adventure in the City | What You Need to Know
When: (Reopened May 2020) Open Monday to Friday during school term – 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm; Weekends, School and Public Holidays – every 20 minutes 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day
Where: Corner Greenhill Road and Unley Road, Adelaide (right next to the Kurrangga BMX Bike Track
Who: Tree Climbing Fun Lovers
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
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