The Proposal

Documentation for the Go Ape Proposal

The proposal documents for DA 36/2010/HA are available from The Hills Shire Council and Go Ape web sites. Instructions for accessing the files are on our links page.

Opening Hours

Opening hours will include all daylight hours all year excepting Christmas Day and Good Friday. (Statement of Environmental Effects p.20)

Visitor Numbers

Projections are for 30,000 users per year, though maximum capacity is considerably higher. At peak times, 15 people per half hour will use the course. As there are two zip lines across Darling Mills Creek – one in each direction – one person per minute will be heard and seen zipping above the walking track in peak periods.


The proposed high rope forest adventure course would be located within Ted Horwood and Bidjigal Reserves in The Hills Shire, north-western Sydney. The course location within the Reserves is shown in the following diagram taken from Go Ape’s Statement of Environmental Effects.

Location of the proposed Go Ape course in Bidjigal Reserve, The Hills Shire, Sydney, NSW

Approximate location of the proposed Go Ape course in Ted Horwood and Bidjigal Reserves, The Hills Shire, Sydney, NSW

Superimposing on a Google Earth image at the same scale gives a better idea of distances involved

Superimposing on a Google Earth image at the same scale gives a better idea of approximate distances

The Course

Go Ape courses are high rope adventure courses made up of a training zone followed by four or five further activity zones linked together by footpaths.

Each zone typically consists of the following:

  • A small wooden stockade to protect access to the rope ladder at the start of the zone;
  • C.5-7 trees with small octagonal wooden platforms braced to their trunks at a height of 3m – 15m and linked together by various types of rope bridge;
  • A flying fox;
  • A landing zone; and
  • Paths linking each landing zone to the next ladder tree. (Statement of Environmental Effects p.17)

The course layout is shown is this diagram. There is also a pdf containing a course plan as a tiff file; it has a legend and allows you to zoom in for more detail. Photographs from Go Ape courses in the UK can be found on the Gallery page.

The proposed forest adventure course involves:

  • Clearing vegetation for the reception cabin access and training area;
  • Erection of a reception cabin & forest shelters;
  • Clearing vegetation to provide for access tracks and zip wire landing areas;
  • Attachments to trees for the purposes of ladder trees, crossing trees, zip wire departure trees, zip wire landing trees and bracing trees;
  • The erection of aerial wire cables;
  • Removal of trees to provide for clearances for the aerial adventure course;
  • Removal of trees that are currently unstable within the vicinity of the adventure course; and
  • The ongoing activity associated with operating the adventure course. (Statement of Environmental Effects p.28)