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Sydney Family Day Out

When Getaway asked Tim to present a segment or two, he immediately imagined beaches, resorts, cocktails, massages – the works – but it didn’t quite pan out that way. 

Instead, he found himself in a helmet and harness, strapped to a rope and hanging off a tiny bit of wood – but at least the view was fantastic.

WILD ROPES

Tim was at an exciting adventure right in the bushland of Taronga Zoo.  It gives 90 minutes of outdoor activity and participants enjoy nature from a new perspective from the tree lines of the Zoo.

It’s so different – fantastic outdoor fun close to the centre of Sydney, whizzing over animal enclosures and having the added bonus of wonderful harbour views.  If you are over 8 years of age and a little on the adventurous side, you can try it too!

The breathtaking, sky-high adventure allows you to spot koalas, kangaroos, emus and wallabies as you climb through trees, tackle challenges and soar through the air on flying foxes.  It’s very Tarzanish.

There are four courses – two low level – a little over 5 metres – and two high level – just below 9 metres.  Entry tickets allow access to one low and one high level course.  A low course level must be completed before tackling a high course.

Each course has around seventeen challenges, so you will complete up to forty challenges by the

time the adventure is over.  You will have come across bridges, tunnels, aerial rock climbing walls, flying foxes and a hover board!

Some of the more fun and challenging obstacles include Scary Jump – giant steps across two platforms.  The flying foxes at the end of each course seem to be everyone’s favourite.

All safety equipment is supplied and everyone must complete a safety briefing before setting out on the adventure.  You will be supplied with a harness, pulley, helmet and a continuous belay system so you’re connected from start to finish.  If you can’t bear to be parted from your phone, you will have to stay on the ground and visit the animals!  Phones, jewellery and glasses aren’t permitted.

However, all is not lost.  You can prove to everyone that you have experienced the thrills of Wild Ropes by the Taronga Zoo version of the selfie-stick.  Press a button and you will receive a selfie, complete with the harbour in the background.

Even though Wild Ropes is part of Taronga Zoo it has its own entry, so you can do both and receive a discount or just go for the ropes experience and have a bird’s eye view of the Zoo at the same time.

FLIP OUT

If hanging by ropes doesn’t satisfy your inner thrill seeker, try Tim’s next adventure.  Called Flip Out, it’s all about having healthy fun on massive trampolines, playing ball games, being involved in events and more.

The Australian owned company was a brainwave of owner Brent Grundy while he was at a play centre waiting to collect his own child.  He saw that half of the children there were playing, but the rest, and the adults, looked bored and couldn’t wait for the party to finish.  The result was he created a facility that not only entertained children, but parents and grandparents as well.  Flip Out was born.

There are 35 locations globally and growing.  They provide fun and healthy activity for thousands of customers every day.

Ninja classes are for those who want to flip, twist and move just like a ninja.  They help with child development, and achieve balance, co-ordination, agility and left and right motor receptors which develops faster reaction which may prevent accidents.

As children master moves, they are encouraged to complete tricks at their own pace – back flips and jump twists are great fun and rewarded with coloured belt shirts ranging from white to black.

Trainers teach little ninjas to flip off the walls and floor while having the best ever time.  There are no fighting moves involved – just flipping and agility.

Tim thoroughly enjoyed Flip Out – not just for himself but as a dad.  Knowing how children can resist things if they are told they are good for them, the benefits of this adventure are not all that obvious and enjoyed just for the fun of it.

Flips, somersaults and bouncing on the spot develop balance, motor skills and co-ordination.  Repetitive bouncing puts small amounts of stress on bones, which over time is enough to compress bones and in turn create higher bone density.

Unlike running which can create pressure and strain on limbs and joints, trampolining absorbs up to 80% off the stress of weight bearing joints.  While running improves oxygen flow, a NASA study has stated that trampolining, in terms of cardiovascular fitness, yields the same good results in 10 minutes, compared to over 30 minutes of running.

The physical act of jumping on trampolines pumps oxygen into the lungs and brain, as well as releasing endorphins which give a great sense of wellbeing.

All areas are fully supervised – you will see people in black and green t-shirts.  Flip Out has two supervisors for every 20 people.

Cost

Wild Ropes 2 courses cost $35 for adults and $30 for children.

Wild Ropes and Zoo entry is $69 for adults and $45 for children.

Flip Out Trampoline Arenas cost $10 per person for 30 minute and $14 per person for an hour.

Prices correct at 19.03.2016

For Further Information

Taronga Zoo

Bradleys Head Road

Mosman      2088

Ph: 02 9969 2777

 www.wildropes.taronga.org.au   

 tz@zoo.nsw.gov.au

Flip Out

 Ph: 1300 354 768

 www.flipout.net.au

 info@flipout.net.au
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