Arthurs Seat Eagle cable car is proving highly popular since it opened for business earlier this month, in time for the area’s peak summer holidays.
It has been 10 years and AUD 20 million in the making, but the state-of-the-art gondola ride lets travellers fly over state forest to the highest point of Victoria’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula.
The 24-gondola operation offering 15-minute trips up and down the 314-metre Arthurs Seat Peak replaces the iconic old chair lift that operated there for 45 years until 2005.
The Eagle is a completely different experience, offering spectacular, soaring views out over Port Phillip Bay in the comfort of smooth, silent, enclosed, all-weather, wheel-chair-friendly, eight-seat gondolas.
For Eagle Chief Executive Hans Brugman, who was a frequent traveller on the old chair lift as a kid, dangling his feet and losing his thongs into the undergrowth, the opening on 3 December 2016 was a dream come true.
“Like hundreds of thousands of Melbourne kids over 45 years, riding under the cable was an exciting childhood experience that has become a fond, life-long memory,” he said.
“I only hope that new generations of youngsters can grow up with similar fond memories of the new Eagle ride”.
Edited by Peter Needham