Australia’s First Playground for Grownups
Now I see why they nicknamed it ‘Radelaide’! The lucky citizens of Adelaide are about to get Australia’s first playground designed for adults, and in my books it doesn’t get more rad than that!
A playground in the sky
The owners of South Australia’s new MegaAdventure Aerial Park have a clear mission statement: to be the global leader in bringing adventure experiences to urban communities.
Judging by the space-age look of this four-level revolutionary new structure at West Beach in the Adelaide Shores precinct, they’ve fulfilled their mission in spades. Get me on that thing! (And let me have the panic attack later!).
Set to open before the end of 2015, the MegaAdventure Aerial Park is the only one of its kind in Australia, and is also world-class. At 26-metres-high, it’s one of the tallest, largest and most technically advanced adventure parks in the world.
Inspiration from the military
The thrilling purpose-built structure is the brainchild of British ex-military man Alex Blyth. His initial vision for the company was simple – to give people the chance to find out who they are through urban adventure – and it has now grown into a multi-million dollar business across Singapore and Australia.
After opening the MegaZip Adventure Park in Singapore in 2009, Blyth realised that a profound love of adventure was part of Australia’s cultural makeup, and made plans for Adelaide to be the next location. (Don’t worry Melbourne and Sydney, more locations are planned for the future).
Accessibility for all
While the aerial adventure park is targeted at adults, it will be user-friendly for all ages, from toddlers to grandparents, but there are minimum and maximum height and weight limits to meet to ensure the safety of all participants.
The structure features 120 activities, involving suspension bridges, swings, free fall jumps and leaps, scramble nets, chasms, zip wires and vertical climbs. There are also 54 linked activity cloudstations and viewing platforms on all major levels, providing non-harnessed guests with the opportunity to share the adventure with family and friends.
The owners have not forgotten guests with extra needs, stating that the support and supervision an individual would require is similar to what would be needed if they were to use a playground or go on a bush walk. They have also engaged the services of accessible adventure experts and are presently manufacturing specialised equipment and undergoing specialised training (expected to be completed by March 2016) so as to be able to provide meaningful, exciting and inclusive adventure experiences for people and groups with high support needs.
Choose your own adventure
The ultimate obstacle course is the 4-level MegaAdventure SkyChallenge, where you can choose how much to challenge yourself and make your heart pound during your allotted 2-hour timeframe.
If you’re not feeling up to taking on the SkyChallenge, there’s always the SkyWalk, where for a small fee you’ll have access to the 4th level and enjoy breathtaking views across Adelaide.
Finally, there’s MegaBounce, a super trampoline where users can perform flips and turns, up to 8-metres high in the air, thanks to the elastic power cords harnessing them in.
If none of this tests your courage and coordination or gets the adrenaline flowing, then maybe you need to check for a pulse. That, or head straight to join the SAS – and tell them Alex Blyth sent you …