25 March 2019
The Sunshine Coast’s Big Pineapple now boasts Australia’s highest adventure rope course with the TreeTop Challenge Adventure Park now officially open.
The new TreeTop Challenge is set across eight acres of privately-owned land featuring 100 challenges and 12 ziplines.
With five unique courses starting off as easy enough for the whole family and ending with two sky-high extreme courses - it is both the highest and most thrilling adventure park in Australia.
The two-kilometre course, featuring about 120 activities, with a variety of challenges including a 120m zipline will take people around a half a day to complete.
Tourism, Events and Sport Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said the TreeTop Challenge investment was a great result for our region’s tourism industry and aligns with our vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart, creative.
The Adventure Park is the first of the new tourist experiences to be launched at the Big Pineapple under a major revamp of the once hugely popular Sunshine Coast symbol.
New attractions for the sprawling 170ha site include a water park, an adventure precinct, a major concert event space and on-site accommodation as well as a $60 million-dollar agribusiness precinct.
The $150 million masterplan will modernize the “big things” stop-off and is tipped to pump $90 million into the local economy and create 800 construction jobs.
“It provides another employment pathway for locals and is a sign of sustained business confidence in the region,” Cr O’Pray said.
Sketches of the masterplan show plans a waterpark, eco-cabins and “food tourism” experiences.
Other features of the revamp include spaces for trendy cafes showing off the area’s local produce, outdoor eating spaces, agribusiness precinct and interactive displays inside the giant Pineapple.
In a sign of just how much trends have changed, vegan-friendly global brand COYO organic yoghurt is also set to establish its international base on the site mid-year.
Big Pineapple renewal project director Jim Costello said food tourism was a massive growth market, especially among Asian tourists interested in local produce, while “active tourism” aligned with the Coast’s image.
“It’s about the reactivation of the former iconic tourism destination,” he said.
“This is going to take time for us to achieve the ultimate outcome.”
Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said new tourism offerings such as the TreeTop Challenge gave tourists another reason to visit the Sunshine Coast.
“Holiday-makers are often looking for something new to try when researching their next getaway,” Mr Latchford said.
“New products such as the TreeTop Challenge are vital because they entice visitors to stay longer, and most importantly, become a return visitor to the Sunshine Coast.”
Guide to the TreeTop Challenge Adventure Park:
• Suitable for ages 8+
• Must wear closed in shoes
• Minimum height requirement: Must be able to reach 160cm to the palm of your hands stretched above your head.
• Black levels height requirement: Must be able to reach 180cm with the palm of your hand stretched above your head (must purchase Adult ticket)
• Maximum weight 120kg, Harnesses have a maximum diameter of 120cm
• Wear shorts or leggings suitable for wearing a harness
• Permitted small camera or phone to capture memories (only if you can secure it in a pocket with a zip).
For more information and bookings visit www.treetopchallenge.com.au