“Made it, Ma! Top of the world!” OK, perhaps James Cagney wasn’t visiting the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk when he uttered that immortal line in 1949’s White Heat. But he could have been!
This unique experience takes you up, up, up high into the canopy of the dense rainforest, so you can gaze down on the 30 acres of privately owned land beside the crystal clear rock pools of Cedar Creek on Mount Tamborine.
The walk is anchored by the Rainforest Eco Gallery and Centre, where you can buy your tickets, browse the gallery, pick up a souvenir and sample delicious snacks and beverages in the Birdwing Café.
The walk itself takes around 45 minutes and totals 1.5 kilometres – a combination of forest floor trails, 300 metres of high-tech steel bridges through the highest points of the upper canopy and a 40-metre cantilevered bridge, which soars a thrilling 30 metres above the forest floor. As you stroll along the walk, there are plenty of opportunities to pause and view the points of interest and information along the way.
The Skywalk was built by Ian and Jennifer Moore and officially opened in 2009. It’s now run by their sons Nick and Brendan, who have extensive experience in ecotourism, emphasising the fact that the Moores are passionate about the preservation of this pristine environment. The family is proud that not one forest tree was cut down during the Skywalk’s installation and also that a number of ecofriendly and environmentally aware programs have been put in place.
One of these concerns the protection of the endangered Richmond Birdwing butterfly. The Moores have created a perfect habitat for the butterfly and are cross-breeding their own butterfly colony with other colonies in Australia to keep the species strong and not weakened by inbreeding in one isolated colony alone.
The Skywalk is open every day except Christmas Day, from 9.30am to 5pm with last walks at 4pm.
333 Geissmann Drive, North Tamborine 4272
Tel: +617 5545 2222