The people behind Zipline Australia
Michael and Mathew Thompson are local boys, raised and educated in Brisbane. The two brothers formed Zipline Australia, based in West End, with the goal of delivering world-class zipline ecotourism experiences in Queensland.
Read on to find out a bit more about Mike and Matt
“I have grown up in Brisbane, going through my primary, secondary and university studies here. I’m a big fan of Brisbane’s beautiful weather and great outdoors. I have an amazing partner in Larissa, and two gorgeous kids who ensure there is never a dull moment. I have been lucky enough to have a diverse business background outside of tourism, including the delivery of sustainable energy, smart home solutions and corporate IT managed services. In support of my passion for keeping people safe on at height ecotourism tours, I’ve progressed through multiple levels of high risk work licenses (Height Safety, Advanced Rigging and Rope Access technician) and completed multiple projects in industrial and zipline operations. With a little luck, and a lot of hard work, I’m confident that Zipline Australia - supported by the vision of the Lord Mayor and the professionalism of the Brisbane City Council - can deliver a nationally iconic ecotourism attraction at Mt Coot-tha that is sensitive to the environment and current users, and something that the people of Brisbane will be proud of.”
"Along with my brother Matt, I am a co-owner of Zipline Australia, a specialist zipline tourism company. Supported by a high performance team of industry experts, we design and provide safe, exhilarating and memorable experiences, within and above the tree canopy. I am a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Queensland, and a former Infantry Officer with the Australian Army, proudly serving with the Commando Regiments, and The Second Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, with active service in Iraq and East Timor. My passion for exploration, adventure and the outdoors led me to be involved in remote volcano expeditions in Ambrym, Vanuatu and Nicaragua. Here I applied my military and engineering skills to mitigate risks, organise scientific expeditions and access some of the most challenging environments on the planet.”