Mt Coot-tha zip line to offer inclusive experience

Brisbane City Council’s Mt Coot-tha zipline will offer an eco-adventure experience for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities to see the city from a different point of view.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the eco-adventure zipline would provide a range of outdoor activities for a range of demographics.

“People of all abilities will be able to enjoy the new lifestyle and leisure opportunity that the Mt Coot-tha zipline offers and see Brisbane from a different view,” he said.

“The zipline will be disability friendly while other activities such as the Indigenous Cultural Heritage tour and Skywalk suspension bridge offers a low impact and easy activity for all ages,” he said.

“The boardwalk through the forest to the Skywalk is also disability friendly and provides an easier walking route to the area for everyone, including the young and elderly.”

Cr Quirk said the zipline would offer an alternative to bushwalking and mountain biking for residents who still wanted to experience Mt Coot-tha’s flora, fauna and indigenous cultural heritage.

Family-owned Brisbane company Zipline Australia had been selected by Council to design, build, operate and maintain the zipline.

Zipline Australia Managing Director Matthew Thompson said the company was excited to have not only the support of Council, but also Sporting Wheelies.

“The zipline experience will cater for a wide spectrum of disabilities, including quadriplegics, amputees and people with mental health problems,” Mr Thompson said.

Cr Quirk said the zipline project would deliver Australia’s longest treetop canopy zipline tour and included three experiences in addition to an arrival centre and shuttle bus service.

“Stage one of this project encompasses a treetop canopy zipline tour of around 1.5 kilometres, taking small groups of people from treetop to platform using zipline technology,” he said.

“The second stage is a scenic zipline tour where six parallel lines will allow friends and family to jointly share the experience of traversing 1.1 kilometres from the lookout to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha in a single span at speeds no faster than 60 kilometres per hour.

“The third stage of the project is the skywalk and cultural heritage tour that tells the story of Indigenous life prior to colonial settlement using a 335 metre suspended bridge walk.”

Formal consultation is now underway. The Council has held two community ‘drop in’ feedback sessions and will host two final sessions on Saturday and Wednesday.

Submissions close on Friday 14 December.