OVERCOMING OUR FEARS AT LIVE WIRE PARK NEAR LORNEby GREAT OCEAN ROAD
I knew he would be a bit more adventurous than me, so I volunteered to take most of the photos and cheer him on if he got scared. After all, I was just thrilled to be deep in the Otways, as close as you can possibly get to nature.
After a coffee for courage in Lorne, we drove the short distance to the Park, which boasts:
- a 525 metre long Shockwave Zip Coaster - one of just four in the world
- over 80 high rope activity obstacles, as well as a suspended bridge
- a tree canopy walk, a tarzan swing and a nerve testing 15 metre bungee jump
- a Spring Circuit - only one of two in Australia.
I started with the Shockwave Zip Coaster and, as I harnessed up, the guide tried to calm my nerves by telling me his 83-year-old grandmother took the zip coaster. How could I possibly pull out after being told that?!
My friend went first, without a care. I watched him zip around, having a blast.
When it came to my turn, I had the option to sit up or lean back to gather speed. I decided to sit up. After I took off I felt like a bird flying through the trees! I wound around the tall gum trees powered by gravity...what a rush!
Once it was over, I felt such a sense of achievement.
We then headed over to the 10 metre QuickJump Bungee that is also named by the one of the staff as the "Quick Drop". I decided just to take the photos whilst my friend prepared for the drop commenting that it was higher than he thought. But, after some encouragement he free-fell about halfway before the bungee kicked in. I was very impressed!
Next, he wanted to tackle the suspended bridge. He took small, cautious steps across the suspended bridge supported by his harness, whilst I took the photos safely from the other side.
Now feeling bullet-proof, my friend eyed off the 15 metre high rock climbing wall and confidently tackled one rock at a time until he was standing on the wooden platform looking very pleased with himself. Then, whilst the adrenalin was still pumping, he swung from the platform like Tarzan, landing in a cargo net. All I heard was "Wow, wow, that was awesome!"
Whilst I was happy to just test the waters this time, I will definitely go back to Live Wire Park. I got to take some amazing photos of my friend and share in his excitement as he pushed himself more and more at each obstacle.
Live Wire Park sure is action packed, but, on the other hand, it's so beautiful and takes you so deep into nature. The entire site is solar powered and it's off-the-grid and eco-friendly. It's a win-win for everyone!
By Lee Malady, Marketing Manager, Great Ocean Road Tourism