Otway fly Tree top walk is located in the Great Otway National Park 162 km southwest of Melbourne CBD. The walk is said to take approx 1 hour as a leisurely pace.
A huge tree had fallen over the path, so the Otway fly management has cut out a section to clear the path and left the rest there to decompose naturally. It’s a huge log so it must had been a very tall tree.
Even in the middle of this forest you cannot get lost, this area is well signposted and look, there are some sections from that giant tree, acting as seats.
The start of the elevated walk. The railings are fairly high to ensure you can’t accidentally fall over the edge.
The plant life in the forest is amazing, even plants make a nice little home on top other plants. It’s really cool to see all the different types of trees and plants. From the very similar Gum trees all the way to the small ferns and mushrooms growing on other trees and all different colours and types of moss growing on the trees.
One section of the elevated platform
The bark on these trees acts like a wick, so that during a forest fire, the fire can “climb” the wick and burn the crown (top) of the tree, this actually germinates the seeds from these trees. The circle of life, in tree form!
So many different colours and so many different types of trees, you have to wonder how they are all able to survive the same conditions!
The 45m high tower with spiral stair case. You can get dizzy running up and down it but its worth it for the amazing views.
Looking down from the 45m high viewing tower. When you are up here you really wonder how they managed to put the whole thing together with so little impact on the forest.
The cantilever platform looks like a such a simple walk way but it is supported by only 2 very strong wires and can support the weight of 45 elephants.
Everywhere you look is a different shade of green or brown or grey.
We were told that the building of the walk had very little impact on the forest and by looking down it shows, there is no visible damage to the forest floor.
Can you spot the stream? This crystal clear stream that can be seen from the “cantilever platform” you get to wander down along next this beautiful stream and get lost in the sound and smells of nature and nothing else. There is no noise of car driving past or smoggy in the air.
Isn’t it beautiful! Picture perfect!
Now that is a GIANT tree! I wonder how old it is, I guess the only was to find out! I’m kidding!!! it would be awful to cut down such a magnificent tree, when it has fought so hard to grow so large! I think they have the technology know a days to xray a tree to find out how old it is, however I’m not 100% sure how accurate this would be.
This zip line cloud stations has a viewing area so that your family and friends that who are to afraid to zip line can still watch you go past and wish they were up there doing it. This viewing area has only recently been opened. Make sure you check it out and see if you can spot people zipping past, otherwise try zip lining out for yourself! We did!
Pete and I at the viewing platform near the “sink hole“, you can go here and overlook the beautiful forest and then see people zipping past you.
The lush green ferns growing over the “sink hole”. this “sink hole” was created when they were making the zip line station, however was not cause by Otway Fly, there was a mud slide due to a lot of rain on one day, so its not an actual sink hole.
The tree top walk is something that has to be experienced! If you are travelling along the Great Ocean road, ensure to make this a “Must stop” area!!