The beauty and majesty of the rainforest remains paramount to the ongoing success of both the Otway Fly and Illawarra Fly. With an ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability through its day to day operations and the long term operation the treetop walks.This commitment values the importance of the natural habitat from concept of design through to operation. The design of the treetop walks was based on the use of existing logging tracks within the forest both for the final alignment and access for construction. This ensured that all construction for the treetop walk could be undertaken without the clearing of native vegetation.
Many of ourvisitors are surprised when they hear that the Fly was built by cranes using the existing tracks. Guests continually comment in regard to the minimal impact the treetop walk has had on the forest.
Support facilities for the attractions are located nearby the visitor centre including water supply, sewage holding tanks, maintenance sheds, access tracks and car parking have all been located so as to ensure that no native vegetation clearing was required and so that buildings were not focal points for our visitors.
Each year Otway Fly Treetop adventures participates in National Tree Planting Day at both the Otway Fly and Illawarra Fly and invites local schools along to participate. Apollo Bay P12 College and Lavers Hill P12 College have been involved in these tree planting days and to date have planted 500 trees and ferns collectively. Tree planting is currently being implemented in our Educational Programs. Students participating in our programs will plant a tree or a fern as part of the program.
The Otway Fly is committed to sustaining our environment and plants many trees and ferns on site each year. In 2009/10, a total of 700 trees and ferns were planted as part of this commitment.