For the first time, Red Bull Branched Out was held in Balranald. The tree climbing event had brought together 50 of the country’s best tree climbers to battle it out in a race to the top of Australia’s iconic River Red Gums.
Preliminary qualifiers took place for 10 coveted spots in the main event. Come finals, seven targets were set in a large tree canopy where the climbers used rope and branches, swinging, climbing and racing through the canopy in a timed, progressive event format. The thrilling speed tree-climbing event took place during the weekend of Balranald’s popular 5 Rivers Outback Festival. With the Festival’s roots based on Balranald’s connection with the rivers and River Red Gums that surround the area, it was a thrilling weekend for all.