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World’s fastest rollercoaster zip line takes off in Sydney
The world’s fastest rollercoaster zip line which sets riders suspended above ground by a harness flying through the air at speeds of up to 50 kilometres an hour has officially opened in Sydney’s west.
Launched on Sunday, the new hair-raising attraction by Australia’s leading eco-friendly high ropes and zipline builder and operator, TreeTops, takes the thrill to the extremes by reaching the maximum possible G-force when attached to a harness as determined by international standards. During the half kilometre ride, which features two adrenalin pumping 360-degree loops, a stomach-churning drop and many twists and turns, riders reach up to a considerable 2.3 G-force.
Riders experience approximately 3 G-force when launching from earth. Called the TreeTop Crazy Rider Xpress, it’s the next generation in zip lining - breaking new ground in having outrageous and unexpected fun while among the bushland of Western Sydney Parklands.
The third and fastest rollercoaster zip line to be constructed at a TreeTops park, the Xpress uses a new harness and pulley system - designed by Australian innovators and Ecoline and TreeTops owners Sandrine Gaymard and Fred Galimard - to increase the speed of the ride.
The other two rollercoaster zip lines are located at TreeTops on the Central Coast. Ecoline has also exported its rollercoaster zip line system, across the globe in markets including USA, Europe and Asia, though not have matched the speeds of the Xpress.
Once harnessed, riders are placed on a pipe-based track which is attached to trees through a system of wires - adding to the ride experience given the track is not rigid like traditional rollercoasters.
TreeTops General Manager, Sandrine Gaymard explains "this ride not only provides plenty of thrills as you weave your way through the trees, but it also provides a new perspective for people to observe the beauty of the Australian bushland.
“Since opening our first adventure park, it was clear that our zip lines are everyone’s favourites – and the faster it is the better. “As a result, we developed the Crazy Rider - a zip line that didn’t just go straight, but around trees, up and down, and even with 360-degree loops to really ramp up the fun factor.
“With the Xpress, we have really upped the WOW-factor through making it faster and increasing the g-force and as a result delivered the next ground-breaking attraction for eco-Tourism which is bound to stimulate tourism to Western Sydney from residents throughout the state plus interstate and international visitors.”
Facts on the new attraction:
- It took the team at Ecoline two years to take the idea of a rollercoaster zip line to the development of a prototype (between 2010 and 2012) which was built and tested on the family property.
- After all testing had been complete, Ecoline built its first two rollercoaster zip lines at its TreeTop park at the Ourimbah State Forest on the NSW Central Coast which opened in 2014
- The rollercoaster zip lines at Ourimbah includes the longest in the world – the 1km TreeTop Crazy Rider Xtreme.
- In 2017, Ecoline set about planning to build the world’s fastest rollercoaster zip line at its park in Western Sydney Parklands.
- The Xpress ride was tested by Ecoline’s crash test dummy “Robert”, who had previously tested the earlier rollercoaster zip lines and other zip lines the team had built. Robert is ready for his next test, despite being a little rattled from the Xpress trials.
- Riders of the Xpress need to be more than 25 kilograms and less than 120 kilograms.
TreeTops is the operating division of Ecoline - a highly experienced and skilled company that creates WOW factor tree-based activities for a broad range of ages and physical abilities supported by world’s best safety technologies. It owns and operates TreeTop Adventure Parks in Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle and custom design and build high ropes courses for other operators including Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Ecoline has won multiple awards across tourism and business innovation including: 2014 and 2013 Australian Business Awards for Innovation; 2013 Australian Tourism Awards (Silver) and 2015 NSW Tourism Awards (Gold and People’s Choice Award). The company has been Eco-certified under EcoTourism Australia since 2010 and certified ISO9001 since 2017.
Click here for further information on Ecoline visit their entry in the Australasian Leisure Management online Supplier Directory.
4th November 2018 - IAAPA report highlights global surge in the ‘experience economy’
14th December 2016 - New TreeTop Adventures site open in Sydney’s Hills
16th January 2016 - Asian travellers seek new experiences
19th December 2015 - TreeTop Central Coast Adventure Park a dual winner at the 2015 NSW Tourism Awards
13th November 2014 - Ecoline launches tree-based rollercoaster zip line
15th May 2014 - Ecoline reveal TreeTop conference venue
18th December 2013 - TreeTop Adventure Park wins Gold at 2013 NSW Tourism Awards
22nd October 2012 - Sydney’s first ‘hands on high ropes’ adventure park opens
19th November 2010 - Forget Leisure: Focus on the Experience Industry
25th August 2008 - Attraction in the Treetops
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