The origin of Coolongalook dates back to 2011. A geographer who graduated with a Masters in Environmental Sciences in 2010, Mathieu Dumon, however, could not find a position relating to his training and skills. The questioning about his future is real, it is then that the idea emerges: Create an adventure park which closely links his skills and his environmental sensitivity and his experience of this outdoor sport, which he practiced as an employee during his 5 years of university studies. He then embarked on the creation of what would become “Coolongalook Parc Aventure”.
Two years of intensive work culminated in the opening, on April 20, 2013, of an integrated and environmentally friendly park.
Our park is located in an exceptional environment in the heart of a 20 ha peri-urban mixed forest in Royan, where diversity is highlighted and greatly appreciated by its visitors. Pedunculate oak, maritime pine, chestnut, wild service, hawthorn, European gorse, cherry and many other species are to be discovered there... Coolongalook guarantees you a change of scenery as intense as it is unexpected.
The location of the park has been fully considered in order to respect and enhance its biodiversity, so that our visitors and “climbers” can find a real connection with nature. This Man-Nature cohesion is particularly important to us, which is why we wish at all costs to enhance our setting and raise visitors’ awareness of the environment.
When designing a treetop course, we work closely with specialists to ensure it has as little impact on the forest as possible.
Our courses are designed so as not to damage the living tree, nothing is bolted into the trees. Instead, we use rafters that grip the trunks and our platforms rest on them. These molds are loosened as the tree grows. We also inspect our trees annually to ensure their health.
Our routes are also wildlife-friendly. Dead wood kept on the ground creates habitats for small creatures and the underside of our platforms provide ideal shelter for nesting birds! Additionally, we recycle as many materials as possible. Pruning materials are used to cover the paths in the area, thereby limiting soil compaction.
We use local goods and services for the production and maintenance of our courses. Our main partner (construction & equipment) is French.