Seeking a thrill in Adelaide? Mega Adventure's aerial park will have you heart-pounding and scared silly. Learn more about Adelaide's newest thrill here.
BY CRAIG MALIN
Playing totem tennis is fun but when you’re perched on a step the size of a pizza box, 20 metres above the ground and wobbling frantically on cables while trying to hit a ball - well, that’s just insane.
That’s just one of the heart-pounding thrills at Mega Adventure Adelaide where you can pay good money scare yourself silly. Towering over Adelaide Shores Caravan Park like a scene from Star Wars, the 26 metre-tall SkyMate is a labyrinth of white-knuckle aerial challenges, each guaranteed to give you a case of the terrors.
There’s nothing like the high anxiety of riding a bike along a narrow path metres above the ground; swinging Tarzan-style rope-to-rope or doing tributes to Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball while sitting on a giant buoy.
Rigged-up and ready to take on the SkyMate challenge at Mega Adventure Adelaide aerial park at West Beach.
From the ground, it’s hard to fully appreciate how high the SkyMate is, but imagine standing on a 10 metre diving platform, then double it…and forget the platform.
The clever harness system ensured we were always attached to the safety cables above our heads. Before we began, the Mega Adventure crew gave us a lesson on using the heavy duty clips that would keep us safely attached to the rigging.
Many of the challenges are quirky and fun. Fitting the beach location, we gripped onto a lifebuoy then dived towards a "tinnie" boat suspended in the air.
The SkyMate structure stands 20 metres high with views to the Adelaide Hills and over the coastline.
We pretended to grab a bite to eat at an above-ground picnic table and hauled ourselves along on a floating esky. I found my inner chimpanzee on the high-rise monkey bars and became Spiderman as I stretched spider-like between cables while being buffeted by the sea breeze.
From all levels, the views of the Adelaide coastline, Adelaide Hills and city are fantastic and anyone not keen on high-flying escapades can keep their feet on solid steel and check out the scenery from the Skywalk platform.
Mega Adventure Adelaide is located at West Beach, about 20 minutes drive from the city centre.
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