Jed took the Fab Five to Otways.
I was unable to participate due to my pregnancy.
On arrival they were measured and fitted for harnesses.
Tildy only just made the 105 cm cut off. (3 foot 5 inches)
But she had to tandom jump with daddy.
This was followed by a 20 minute training and observation lecture.
Getting strapped in with Daddy.
The first pole was ten metres above ground. The actual length of the fly was thirty six metres.
Liddy coming into land at the 'cloud'.
The platforms are built around Silver Ash trees.
Jed's landings were a bit ugly as he Tildy on his front and couldn't see his feet.
Zara coming into the 'cloud'
They reached speeds of 35 km/h (22 m/h) on the shorter fly's.
A view from the 'cloud', approximately 19 metres above the ground.
Silver Ash trees, 40 years+ old.
This forest was cleared and burnt in the 1970's.
The burning of the remaining land caused the seed pods to burst and spread the seed for rejuvenation.
Zara doing a 'cannonball' to reach the other end of the 120 m (131 yards) long fly.
On this fly you could achieve speeds of up to 45km (28 m/h)
All up there were six fly's and two bridge walks.
Magnificent ferns which could grow as high as 12 metres (13 yards) over a thousand years.
The walking bridge.
They were still harnessed in for this but you had to walk it.
Tildy didn't quite reach.
This was about 8 metres from the ground.
With a little help from her dad!
The whole experience took about a hour and a half.
Matilda and Lidia coped with it perfectly fine.
As recommended, I purchased light, shower proof jackets for everyone (I got them second hand off eBay). I also packed dry socks and track pants and everyone had a change of shoes to put on when they got back to the car.
This may not be needed in drier weather but made travelling back to Lorne far more comfortable.
The Fab Five (and Jed) had a light lunch at the cafe, on site, which cost $45.
They then did the Tree Top walk which was a bonus with the zip line fly.
They did the walk pretty quickly in an hour.
Overall, an awesome experience. We booked online which was a little cheaper but for the whole crew it was a cost of $490. (+ lunch)
That is a bit pricey for us but everyone agreed it was well worth it.
Jed- ''I felt like a teenager again ''
Hugo- ''Amazing fun''
Elsa- '' Thrilling and it was great to met new people there''
Lidia- ''Awesome, lots of fun and really cool''
Matilda- ''Amazeballs, I wish I could do it again''
As I said, sooooo jealous!