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of its kind in NSW, but its success has meant more have been
About 500 metres of the 1500-metre walk is nestled in the
treetop canopy, but the thrills do not stop there.
The walkway culminates in Knights Tower, a spiral tower that
rises to a breathtaking 45 metres above the forest floor.
Adding to the excitement are two swaying springboard
cantilevers that are suspended 25 metres in the air and take the
intrepid adventurer to the edge of the escarpment.
Our guide on the day said the walk was considerate of
its environment by being built from the ground up using
mobile all-terrain cranes on existing fire trails, leaving a
''soft environmental footprint'' as there were only 10 towers
A bushwalk is included in the ''fly'' experience as heading
down and back from the elevated walkways ensures a chance
to see it from the other and more usual perspective - from the
The path meanders through the bush, allowing you to hear
the local birdlife and providing the chance to catch sight of one
of the resident wombats or echidnas, and marvel at the plant
We opted for a morning walk with a gourmet lunch, but if
you love spectacular sunrises and don't mind rising early, the
sunrise walk is also a beauty. The walks are held on the second
Saturday of every month and take advantage of the beautiful
light the sun casts over the landscape.
The walkway is accessible for all levels of fitness and a
motorised courtesy cart is available to assist the not so fit up
and down the hill. It is wheelchair accessible and suitable for
The South Coast is a haven for lovers of bushwalks in general
as they are many and varied in this neck of the woods.
The stunning Fitzroy Falls - along the road from the Highlands
to Kangaroo Valley - give you the opportunity to walk and
experience the cascading spectacle. Nearby Minnamurra Falls,
Carrington Falls and Belmore Falls also make for pretty walks.
Any number of packages are available for visitors to
experience what Kiama and its surrounds have on offer.
IF YOU GO
The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, rates from $139. Packages
The Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk opens every day from 9 am
to 5 pm with the last admission at 4.15 pm. Adult $24,
child $10 and senior $21, family pass (two adults plus
two children) $59 and an additional child $5 each. Group
benefits, including social and educational groups and
guided tours, at various rates. Packages may also include
breakfast and lunch.
Jane Parsons was a guest of Sebel Harbourside Kiama.
TOP 12 THINGS TO DO
1. Visit the infamous Kiama Blowhole and experience
the water pushing its way through the rocks with
great force, creating an almighty roar.
2. Bring your walking shoes and camera to complete
the three sections of the Kiama Coast Walk. Starting
in Minnamurra, the walk takes in 22 kms of coastline
with interpretive signs along the way ending in the
seaside township of Gerringong.
3. Discover local produce and wander the Kiama Seaside
Markets on the third Sunday of the month or the
produce markets the fourth Saturday of the month.
4. Get back to nature with a visit to Minnamurra
rainforest and waterfall, only 15 minutes from the
heart of Kiama.
5. Walk among the treetops and experience the rainforest
from above at the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk.
6. Take a trip to the Jamberoo Action Park, open from
September to April, the largest theme park in NSW.
7. Indulge in an exclusive food and wine tour, taking the
opportunity to sample and shop along the way with a
gourmet lunch in a secret foodie destination.
8. Learn about bush medicine and try some bush foods
at the Aboriginal and Culture Studio in Gerringong.
9. Take a charter boat or hire your own from Kiama
Harbour. Catch a fish or relax on a whale-watching
10. Visit the Terrace and Sandstone Walk shops (circa
1886). These restored timber terraces from Kiama's
first settlers are the last of their type in NSW and now
house specialty shops and dining options.
11. Take a surf lesson in one of the best classrooms
in Australia, Seven Mile Beach, or hire a kayak to
discover Crooked River.
12. Visit Saddleback Mountain Lookout for an awe-
inspiring view from the sand hills of Cronulla
to Milton. Or take the Hoddles Track up to the
-- Kiama Tourism
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