Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones today officially launched the Sunshine Coast’s newest tourist attraction – the highest high ropes course in Australia.
Situated at the Big Pineapple, which is also undergoing a major upgrade, the multi-million-dollar Tree Tops Challenge High Ropes Adventure Park is the latest adrenaline-pumping offering from Tree Tops Challenge.
“When it comes to enticing more visitors and creating more tourism jobs on the Sunshine Coast, new attractions are the key,” Ms Jones said.
“This is a great addition to the world-class tourism offering on the Sunshine Coast – a region that has always been a family favourite for domestic and international travellers.
“The new adventure park has created 15 local jobs on the Sunshine Coast. But we expect this attraction to create more positions as other stages come online.
“The fact that we have world-class players investing in new stock in the Sunshine Coast is a vote of confidence in the local tourism industry.
“We’ll continue to work with tourism operators to deliver new attractions on the Sunshine Coast.”
Ms Jones said the course on the Sunshine Coast was the fifth attraction owned and operated by Tree Tops – complementing the group’s offering on the Gold Coast and in the Scenic Rim.
“This new attraction combines more than 100 high ropes challenges and 12 ziplines spanning up to 130 metres and takes about a half day to complete,” she said.
“But as the mother of young children I can see the park also caters to a number of family friendly activities, including three courses that are designed to thrill youngsters aged eight years and over.
“The high ropes course has more than four kilometres of safety rope and more than five kilometres of safety cable.”
When it officially opens on 23 March the Tree Tops Challenge High Ropes Adventure Park will operate from 9am until 5pm, seven days a week.
Tree Tops Challenge General Manager Mr David Taylor said the new park, with courses suspended in the canopy at heights over 25 metres, is both the highest and most thrilling Adventure Park in Australia.
“We operate to the highest safety standards and our guests are continuously attached to overhead guidewires from their harness and are only disconnected when they are safely on the ground.
“It’s a great opportunity for families with kids aged eight through to adults to experience the stunning rainforest environment at the Big Pineapple while getting outside their comfort zone,” Mr Taylor said.
“We are excited to join the vibrant tourism community in the Sunshine Coast and are looking forward to welcoming our first official adventure seekers from 23 March 2019.”
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Tree Top Challenge was a welcome addition to the Sunshine Coast community supporting the delivery of a healthy, smart and creative region.
“The investment by the Tree Top Challenge was a great result for business, local employment opportunities and a sign for positive business confidence in the region,” he said.
“We have some spectacular natural attractions including the lush rainforest where the Tree Top Challenge has been installed.
“This unique location will provide visitors with an amazing experience high above the rainforest floor. There are not many places in the world you can do this, so it’s fantastic to have this right here on the Sunshine Coast.
“We’re very proud of our region’s reputation for amazing tourist attractions, so it’s tremendous to add this to the list. We have the perfect combination of attractions, glorious weather, lifestyle and infrastructure which is proving to be a real drawcard for tourism and the community.”
Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones