See Australia’s Rain Forest From Above

  • Formerly only open to filmmakers, the Canopy Glider offers unobstructed, 360-degree views of the area.

    Formerly only open to filmmakers, the Canopy Glider offers unobstructed, 360-degree views of the area.

  • Other gondolas offer glass floors for clear views of the forest below.

    Other gondolas offer glass floors for clear views of the forest below.

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Doing exactly as its name suggests, the Skyrail Canopy Glider whisks guests over the rain forests of Barron Gorge National Park in northeast Queensland. Previously used for filmmaking purposes, the open-air gondola follows Skyrail’s well-established aerial cableway route above the treetops, with a ranger on board to guide you through the region’s flora and fauna. Highlights include uninterrupted bird’s-eye views of the Barron Gorge (which is at its most dramatic during the December–March wet season) and a descent through the lush tropical canopy at Red Peak station, where the forest can be explored at ground level along a 175-meter boardwalk. Skyrail has been offering trips in enclosed gondolas since 1995, but the glider, sided only with waist-level rails, raises the thrill factor considerably. –Gabrielle Lipton

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2014 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“High-Wire Act”).

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