Arthurs Seat Chairlift Development

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Arthurs Seat Skylift chief Hans Brugman, who regularly rode the original Arthurs Seat chairlift as a child and grew up to become an aircraft engineer is most excited about the loading stations where patrons of all ages and abilities will be able to safely board the eight seat gondolas.

The 11 steel towers have arrived and the first 24 of 32 gondolas will soon be shipped from Switzerland with the 100-seat cafe, the interpretative centre, the glass-fronted foyer taking shape. This will be world-class and easily be the biggest and best gondola ride of this type in Australia. It’s absolutely cutting-edge. A combination of enclosed and open cabins meaning it could run all year round and would provide an all-weather experience for patrons.

As regular cyclists, drivers and runners along Arthurs Seat Rd can attest the $16 million construction is well advanced. The new Skylift will start at the same location as the old lift at the bottom of Arthurs Seat Rd and essentially follow the same 1km ascent. While the interpretative centre would tell the indigenous and white settlement history of the area and also pay tribute to those involved in the original chairlift.

Mr Brugman says he is thrilled by the community support of the Arthurs Seat Skylift and says people are delighted the attraction is returning to the Mornington Peninsula with the original Arthurs Seat chairlift attracting about 100,000 visitors a year.

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