Ziplines are a blast and a great adrenaline rush. However while hanging off a zipline as you soar through the air is fun, the novelty can soon wear off. Since most ziplines are simply constructed from a straight-line run of cable, once you’ve flown-down a few of them, there’s little incentive to attach your carabiner a 3rd, 4th or 5th time.
To solve this problem and make zip-lining a more unique experience, a bunch of enterprising Aussies at TreeTop had the brilliant idea of combining a zipline with a roller coaster! They’ve creating the world’s longest zip line, the ‘TreeTop Crazy Rider’, which features rad zig-zag turns and fast 360° loops on a 1 km (0.62 m) track through the treetops (hence the name).
The core principle of the ‘TreeTop Crazy Rider’ remains the same as a traditional zipline, in that you hang from a cable in a harness. However, in this case, the harness if more like a race-seat and the ‘cable-track’ is more like a roller-coaster track—sounds like a winning combination! Instead of a taut straight cable, the ‘Crazy Rider’ utilises a custom built stretch of twisty track that’s suspended, as high as 18 m (60 ft) in some places, from the very trees you’re whizzing past. By using the natural forest as suspension points, the designers (tree-ride-maker ‘Ecoline’) reduced the amount of ground disturbance from the zip-line, making for a more ecofriendly construction.
Located just north of Sydney in the Ourimbah State Forest, the one-kilometer run (0.62-miles) is the longest continuous zip line ride in the world. A one-way ride costs a hefty $75 (AUS) so riders will want to enjoy every second of the five minutes it takes to work their way from top to bottom, through the forest. Looks worth it to us though!
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