I've had my eye on this little adventure since we moved here in July and when one of my best mates came to stay, it was finally time to feel like little kids again and go climb some trees!
The Trees Adventure in Yeodene is a fabulous place to have fun, challenge yourself and get a workout at the same time!
Upon arrival you sign your life away on a waiver, select yourself some gloves and one of the staff will fit you with a helmet and harness. The staff will take you through some training to show you how your harness and lockers (the locks that keep you attached to the high ropes course at all times) work. After some practice on a mini course, it's time to head to the course.
It's a few minutes walk through some bush before you start to catch sight of the course... it looks like every kid's dream tree house on steroids. All courses start from the "Home Tree" and there's plenty to choose from. The courses are graded similar to ski/mtb trails; greens are easy, blues are a bit harder, red courses are fairly challenging and black is very difficult! The harder the course, the higher off the ground it is. There are also yellow courses for very little tackers which use a different harness system than the others.
We warmed up on a blue trail - fun but not hard. We decided to follow it up with a red course. The red course we chose had a fairly long cargo net - I've done these before at the Trees Adventure in Belgrave so I knew they were hard - it was still hard and I was huffing and puffing by the time I made it to the other side. The obstacles go from tree to tree, with platforms built around the tree trunks - you become very grateful to reach a platform and be able to rest. There are also plenty of zip lines which break up the hard work with some fun flying runs. (Somewhere here my gopro went flat as I didn't charge it fully - d'oh!)
The red course we picked ended with a jump off a platform approximately 15 metres off the ground. You are attached to a mechanism that allows a short free fall, then slowly applies a brake to lower you to the ground. My advice is just clip on and jump off, the longer you hesitate, the harder it is to convince yourself to jump. I struggled with this, even though I have done it before at Belgrave.
Finally we decided to tackle the black course. I was a bit nervous about attempting swinging monkey bars after dislocating my shoulder earlier this year, but the staff member explained a way I could cheat on that one 😉 The black is significantly harder than the red. There are more obstacles, and the obstacles themselves are more challenging. Lots of components that swivel, move and sway constantly means your abs, as well as legs and arms, get a good workout. The black course also ends with the platform jump, this time at 20 metres above ground. Although that extra 5 metres didn't mean anything to me, I still struggled with getting myself to jump, having pushed myself pretty hard to get through everything that came before, including another of these jumps. Mentally and physically fatigued I sat myself on the edge of the platform, thinking I would slide myself off the mat but I still couldn't do it. What are best friends for, except to get alongside you in moments like these? My dear friend tried to coax me off for about ten minutes, and I thought I was going to jump several times but I didn't. Eventually she said, "If you don't get by the time I count to zero, I'll push you off". I was sure I would jump before I was pushed... Five, four, three, two (I'm still sitting here), one... still here, zero. Still can't move. A swift push from behind and I was off the platform and floating down to the mat! My legs had turned to jellly by the time I reached the ground and I collapsed, laughing at the fact that my dear friend had actually just shoved me off the platform! Hilarious. She then clipped herself on and jumped off, without hesitation. Champion! I was grateful she got me off there because apparently I had found my limit of willpower. But I will be back... this time with a fully charged gopro and a mind more prepared for what is to come!
For more information, check out https://treesadventure.com.au/park/yeodene-park/.