Live Wire Park, a treetop adventure destination in the Otways, is just one kilometre from Lorne beach. It’s also the first like it in Australia to be powered completely by nature.
The park is home to Australia’s most extreme zip-line, the speedy 525-metre-long Shockwave Zip Coaster – one of only five of its kind in the world, according to director Luke Nisbet.
There’s also the Super Circuit through a forest of blue gums that includes 53 mid-air adventures such as tree-scaling, suspended bridges, elevated trails, an enormous Tarzan-style swing and a QuickJump bungee. The circuit takes roughly two hours to complete.
But it’s not all soaring swings and high speed – if you’d prefer to take in the beauty of the Otways at a more leisurely pace the Canopy Circuit is a suspended pathway that follows the topography of the land. The Short Circuit is designed for kids and has 26 activities to do over one hour.
Third-generation Lorne local and outdoors-lover Nisbet – whose family has been working on Live Wire for seven years – says designing a park that was eco-friendly and sustainably minded was non-negotiable.
“My family has such an affinity with this beautiful area – we knew it had to be built with nature in mind,” he says. “We also wanted to show what can be done these days with the technology that’s available. The park uses solar-powered energy, and rainwater is collected, used and treated to reduce waste.
“We think this is setting an example of the scale of operation you can achieve with such a small footprint,” he says.