A great outdoor adventure for younger kids in the Western Australia forest
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Set up around the Nanga Mills Campgrounds – just outside of the regional centre of Dwellingup – Treetops Adventure has nine obstacle courses that combine flying foxes with physically demanding challenges.
We undertook our adventure on a very soggy July day, so I’ll be honest, I was somewhat dreading how my VERY city-born and bred children would react.
They could not have been stronger or braver in taking on this adventurous outdoor experience – come and see exactly what happened when the Globetrotters took on Treetops Adventure Dwellingup!
This post is part of our series Discover Australia – come and see all our Aussie Adventures with Kids
Please note our review was first written in 2018; the park was known as Trees Adventure, now a part of Treetops Adventure – Australia’s premier outdoor adventure group with more than a dozen locations. Some features of the park may have changed since our initial review, pricing and age inforamtion has been updated for 2023
Yellow Course for 3-7-year-olds
We spent all our time on the 2 yellow courses (now split yellow/orange) as I was the only adult accompanying the Globetrotters, recommended for the 3 to 7-year-old age group. Each course involves a variety of obstacles, including flying foxes, balancing beams, wobbly bridges and tunnels.
The only real difference between the two beginner courses was one course was harder for adults to assist from the ground, so do bear this in mind if you are assisting younger children.
You are asked to arrive 30 minutes before your pre-booked session to hand in your liability disclaimer, get kitted in your safety gear and go through your safety briefing. As this is all done in plenty of time and each session is number controlled per half-hour block, you get a full two hours actually on the course.
Staff will take you to the course starting point once you are taught how to use the equipment. Once they are confident all the kids are using the gear correctly – which mainly involves manoeuvring your carabiner clip around the metal plates that hold the ropes together, you are left to it.
If at any time you get stuck a loud “HELP!” and one of the staff will come running – the staff tent is adjacent to the course.
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Our experience at Lane Poole Park with the Globetrotters
Entry to the park is based entirely on age, not height, so at last, our little Master J was delighted he could be included in an active family adventure – so often, the poor little thrill-seeker is sidelined for his size.
He is, I will admit, quite short for his age, only turning four a week before, but he was more than competent in completing the courses (albeit at a slower, steadier pace than the older kids).
He did need some assistance at certain spots to hook himself properly to the flying foxes as he simply wasn’t tall enough to reach for himself. I would say a child under about 1.05m will be challenged in spots.
Master 6 was utterly in his element. He got the hang of things immediately and only needed a little encouragement to start with before he was working independently. He had to learn to use his own strength to correct mistakes then he was off and racing!
It was definitely too easy for my Miss 8, but I am sure the step up to the Green and Blue courses would have been challenging for a quite unfit mum like me! Kids attempting the green and blue courses under the age of 8 must be accompanied by one adult per three children.
Further Red and Black courses exist for kids 10+, 13+ and 16+. All courses except yellow are open to adults.
If kids find the low ropes course easy but are too young to move up, they have a challenge wheel to add some difficulty to what they are doing.
Highlights and need-to-know facts about Treetops Adventure Dwellingup
- Lane Poole Park is 1.5 hours south of Perth, about 20 minutes beyond Dwellingup.
- You can start from as young as 3 years old (it was four at the time we participated – recommended minimum height 120 cm)
- There are varying levels, so you can have a different experience each time as your skills improve – these courses have age and height limits though for 8 years+/145cm through to the 13 years+/over 170cm recommended courses
- Sessions last for 2.5 hours or 3.5 hours
- Easy online booking with immediate access to how many slots are available and immediate confirmation (do not turn up without booking)
- Prices range based on age and course from $32 (yellow course for 3 to 7 years) to $77 for adults. undertaking 3.5 hours
- Group bookings welcomed
- Unisex pit toilet on site
- No mobile reception on site, so print your map out or have an offline map on hand!
- Small cafe on site with basic snacks – hot drinks!!
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This was definitely one of the highlights of the Globetrotter’s summer holiday to Australia. They have tried indoor climbing and low ropes courses before, but doing ‘the real thing’ in the forest thrilled them to no end.
The on-and-off rain all day did not dampen their enthusiasm – albeit they then slept very well on the back to our destination!
They have already requested to return on our next annual visit Downunder where I will be making sure we have a second adult, so Miss Z can move up an ability level to try Green and Blue.
The staff on hand were absolutely lovely and patient in explaining everything and clearly attentive to patrons and putting safety first. A few times we saw them rush to help people who felt stuck and always a smile on their faces.
You can learn more about Trees Adventure and book here.
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