“Supertrees” are just one component of Singapore’s jaw-dropping Gardens by the Bay complex, a showcase for horticultural artistry spanning some 101 hectares. The waterfront park’s man-made trees stretch 50 metres into the sky with steel trunks and illuminated wire rods for branches. Make a trip to the top of one of these Supertrees and be awed by splendid views of the Gardens and the surrounding Marina Bay area. Or, stroll along the 22-metre-high OCBC Skyway, a 128-metre aerial walkway that connects two of the Supertrees, and see the Gardens from a different point of view.
Danum Valley Canopy Walkway, Malaysia
Offering a sky-high view of Sabah’s Danum Valley in Malaysian Borneo, this canopy walkway takes you through a vast reserve of tropical forest, home to some of the region’s most unique flora and fauna. Spanning some 300 metres and set more than 200 metres above the forest floor, the walkway is a mecca for twitchers, who flock here to check out everything from endangered helmeted hornbill to straw-headed bulbuls and rosy starlings.
Located in Bavaria, this treetop walk covers more than a kilometre, making it one of the longest of its kind in the world. The lofty walkway is a peaceful way to take in the largest area of protected forest in Europe. Along the way there are a number of obstacles and challenges – not for the faint hearted – and the walk ends at a dramatic observation dome and research centre that not only offers panoramas over the countryside, but detailed information on the flora and fauna that surrounds.
Xstrata Treetop Walkway, United Kingdom
You’ll find this treetop walkway in the centre of London, spanning 200 metres and offering views over the city from a path set 18m above the ground. Part of Kew Gardens, the walkway is a pleasant stroll through a patch of green in this mammoth city, allowing a bird’s-eye perspective of local attractions including the London Eye observation wheel. Interestingly, the experience begins underground, teaching you about the roots of trees, before taking you up to the treetops.
Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Australia
Western Australia’s Valley of the Giants is known for its enormous red tingle trees, which grow as high as 40 metres in this part of the world. Set 40 metres above the ground, the 600-metre-long canopy walkway takes you through a grove of these jaw-dropping trees, some of them more than 400 years old. The path ends at one of the most popular of the gnarled veterans, known as Grandma Tingle, or the Gatekeeper.