Heights scare the bejebus out of me just about as much as a hairy spider does when I realise it has been clinging to the bathroom wall while I shower away, blissfully unaware.
My natural instinct when I am up really high is to hit the deck, lie flat on the floor and for no one to make any sudden movements.
My littlest sister knows this first hand as while taking the Skyrail at Kuranda near Cairns, I was the first to firmly tell her to sit the hell down and do not move a muscle.
After I had reasoned with my irrational self that the cable was not going to snap and we weren’t going to plummet to our deaths, I was able to drink in the incredible forest canopy that blanketed the land for as far as the eye could see.
Despite all of this irrational fear fighting, I think seeing my world from a height other than my normal 5 foot 7 inches is so rewarding and humbling.
This ability to reason with my fear also enabled me to go zip lining in Croatia which was one of the most incredible experiences of my life!
Anyway enough about conquering crippling height anxiety. Heights are pretty scary, but birds eye views of cities or landscapes are so amazing and always unique (and usually free too!). I feel this outweighs the crippling fear of the getting up so high part so much so that now I look for view point and activities that challenge me to get out of my comfort zone and get up high!
Sights that leave you breathless are one’s worth the adventure to get there
From up high you can see things you would have never before seen and also understand how we fit within our landscape. In the Riverland it can get confusing orientating yourself and knowing whether you are up or down, this side or that. I find it fascinating to sit on one side of the River and figure out what lays across the water, past the floodplains on the other side. But I am a bit of a geographic freak and get a kick out of maps and knowing where I am in the landscape.
Here are a some of the best view points in the Riverland where I like to get a whistling kite’s perspective (tip: click on the blue underlined titles to see where these are on Google and find your way to them).