We did the bug session first, following our guide from Wildlife Sydney Zoo to a couple of tents tucked into the bushland. As well as hearing all about insects and arachnids, the kids got to interact with a range of invertebrates. They enjoyed holding the giant millipede, investigating meal worms and hunting for stick insects.
After the session we headed to the treetop walk itself. It’s quite a structure, and one of the most substantial suspended walkways we have visited. Knight’s Tower provides an amazing view over the Illawarra escarpment and right out to the ocean. Despite being constructed entirely of steel, be warned that the springboard cantilever sections do sway slightly (which unnerved my 7yr old)! The Fly really does give kids a chance to check out life in the tree tops, and see the rainforest from a new perspective.
Things to look out for:
- Birds – some colourful species we saw included Eastern Spinebills, Variegated Fairy-wrens, and Eastern Yellow Robins. We even glimpsed a Superb Lyrebird on the way home!
- Tree hollows – how many can you count from the tree top walk? What might live there?
- Wombat home – can you find the wombat crossing? Wombat hollow? Wombat letterbox?!
- Steps – how many steps can you count on the way up to Knight’s Tower?
The Illawarra Fly has great facilities for families, including cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, picnic tables, and clean toilets. Book online for best value tickets. The kids holiday program, iFly 4 Kids (which includes entry to The Fly) does sell out quickly, so book early for the Christmas holidays!