Mt Coot-tha Zipline
Mayor to announce West End company to build zipline experience at Mt Coot-tha
Posted on 30.11.2017
THRILLSEEKERS will soon be able to plunge from the top of Mt Coot-tha on the longest zipline in Australia as part of a high-adrenaline ride over the treetops.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is expected to announce today that West End company Zipline Australia has been endorsed to build two ziplines at Mt Coot-tha, which is the city’s second-most visited precinct behind South Bank.
“Zipline Australia will build the longest treetop canopy zipline tour in Australia, with a 1500m course weaving through the Mt Coot-tha forest, creating an exciting new leisure and lifestyle attraction,” Cr Quirk said.
“An additional 1400m megazip experience will offer up to six adventurers the chance to zip side-by-side while taking in incredible views of the Brisbane cityscape.”
Zipline Australia managing director Matthew Thompson said the company was excited to deliver an “iconic” experience at Mt Coot-tha.
Construction is expected to start late next year with the treetop zipline to be open to the public in 2019. The megazip ride and the suspension bridge are expected to open in 2020, subject to permit and planning approvals.
Council will hold community information sessions about the zipline early next year.
The 1.4km megazip ride has been designed to start from a new platform at the Mt Coot-tha lookout, dropping down towards the city to finish near the botanical gardens. At its highest point, it will have a 170m vertical drop, believed to be the highest of any zipline in Australia.
On the other side of the mountain, the 1.5km treetop zipline will finish near JC Slaughter Falls in the northeast. It is believed to be the longest continuous zipline in Australia, eclipsing the 1km ride in Ourimbah State Forest, just north of Sydney.
Zipline Australia has also been commissioned to build a 300m treetop walk above JC Slaughter Falls, which Cr Quirk described as “the longest pedestrian suspended bridge walk in the southern hemisphere”.
“Not only will this be a great experience for the city’s seven million tourists each year, but a great addition to the leisure and lifestyle activities available to residents,” Cr Quirk said.
“Council will contribute $1 million to the construction of the zipline, as part of a wider $15 million investment into the Mt Coot-tha precinct over four years, while Zipline Australia will make a multimillion-dollar investment into new infrastructure and operations for the ziplines.”
The Courier Mail
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