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Mackay Forest Flying

Thursday, March 4, 2004
David is hanging around a rainforrest, swinging from trees and has been told this is orgasmic!

Dave and Donna Lowe and family have lived in Finch Hatton for 15 years. Their 29ha is bordered on two sides by Eungella National Park, home to Queensland's longest continuous stretch of rainforest. They work a permaculture farm, growing mangoes, lychees, bananas and other tropical fruit, as well as maintaining livestock. Their lifestyle is in harmony with nature, right down to generating their own hydro and solar and living in an earth-sheltered home of their own design.

To subsidise their income without leaving the property, the Lowes decided to open a flying fox operation. It not only has financial benefits, but allows them to share the pristine forest from a totally different aspect.

The operation took a year of planning and then a year of construction. They have already won two tourism awards. Ecotourists travel from near and far to enjoy the beauty of the rainforest.

The structure is two flying fox cables of 230m and 110m, with a viewing platform between the two. It takes around an hour and a half for two people to complete the tour, though time varies, as each person has their own brake, putting them in control of their own speed.

Finch Hatton Gorge is a wonderful rainforest environment. Thanks to Forest Flying, you can take it all in from above the rainforest canopy. On most walks, much time is spent watching your footing, but up above, you wheel yourself along and are within touching distance of the foliage, giving a whole new perspective.

The Lowes will collect you from your accommodation or the Finch Hatton Gorge kiosk. Take a guided rainforest walk while learning about the plants and bush tucker, then enjoy your flying experience.

There are tiny towns sprinkled nearby with tea rooms, galleries and hotels. For those who wish to spend more time in the area, there are a number of cabins and a caravan park.

Finch Hatton Gorge Cabins are air-conditioned, self-contained cabins with ensuites. There is also bunkhouse accommodation and camping facilities. Barbecues are provided, and you are just a five-minute walk to Eungella National Park, with its bushwalks, swimming holes and waterfalls.


70km inland from Mackay


Forest Flying costs $45 per person. Bookings are essential.

Finch Hatton Gorge Cabins cost $77 a double and $7.50 per extra person.

Please note prices are valid at time of filming.

More information

Forest Flying
Ph: (07) 4958 3359

Finch Hatton Gorge Cabins
Gorge Road
Finch Hatton 4756
Ph: (07) 4958 3281

Qantas: 13 13 13

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