Boy, 9, Falls in Australia Adventure Park Incident


A nine-year-old boy fell 23 feet at the TreeTop Challenge adventure park in Queensland, Australia, on Sunday. The boy was taken directly to Sunshine Coast University Hospital. He was discharged on Monday without serious injuries. Workplace Health and Safety is investigating the incident. 

Paramedics were called to the park on Sunday at approximately 3 p.m., after receiving reports that a boy had fallen. The boy was conscious and in stable condition when he was taken to the hospital, according to a Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson.

The boy’s family said he was roughly 150 feet into the zip line and high ropes course when he fell. A witness told 7NEWS Australia that a cable snapped, precipitating the fall. 

Park operators launched an internal review, and the park was closed on Monday for workplace safety officials to investigate the incident. Relevant equipment, including part of the zip line and harness, was seized as part of the investigations.

TreeTop Challenge’s Sunshine Coast adventure park is spread across 10 acres. It is split into two high ropes courses, TreeTop Challenge (ages 8+) and TreeTop Challenge Juniors (ages 3 to 9). Both courses include a combination of high ropes and zip line elements.

It is not clear at this time which course or element the boy was on at the time of the fall.


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Katie Brinton is a PSIA-E Development Team member and a staff trainer at Okemo Mountain Resort, Vt., where she grew up. She was named to the 2017 “10 Under 30” class for Adventure Park Insider's sister publication SAM (Ski Area Management). She is a freelance writer, and has written frequently for Adventure Park Insider and sister publication, SAM. Katie is currently a Master’s student at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.

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