Photo of the week 2014 – Week 24

They call it ‘the great roller coaster ride in the sky’. Despite rolling and tumbling to the ground at 80 mph in a two-seater Tiger Moth plane with me hurtling towards the earth, I couldn’t have felt more alive. The nose dive was quickly followed by a series of loop the loops, equally as gut-wrenching and sphincter-testing as falling from the heavens. If you really want to get the blood pumping then there aren’t many better ways than going on a Tiger Moth Joy Ride.

As someone who’s a bit of a self-professed adrenaline junkie, I have to admit that I’ve been to more than my fair share of theme parks around the world… and this experience topped the lot.

Just outside the Gold Coast, in the bushland of Pimpama, you’ll find Tiger Moth Joy Rides, a company that’s been running since 1978. Since then, they’ve flown over 35,000 people, so they really do know what they’re doing (check out their Facebook page for some rave reviews).

Run by the effusive Geoff Stillman (who’s also your pilot for the day), you get to see the Gold Coast and the surrounding area in a beautiful little 1940s Tiger Moth. These things were originally used to train fighter pilots in WWII, and you can’t help but think you’re in a Spitfire in a bygone era; that’s until you see the skyline of Surfers Paradise that is.

You can either go on an acrobatic ride or a scenic ride (obviously the former includes both); the scenery was absolutely stunning and I can’t imagine a better way of seeing the coast.

The Tiger Moth Joy Ride far exceeded any expectations, and if you want to feel alive, truly alive, then you can’t go wrong with it. There was one point where I definitely thought I was going to die, and that’s exactly what you want from an adrenaline trip…