Arthurs Seat Chairlift Is Set To Take Flight

Courtesy of Arthurs Seat Eagle
Courtesy of Arthurs Seat Eagle
Monique La Terra

Tourists will soon be able to fly high over the Mornington Peninsula when the newly restored Arthurs Seat Chairlift reopens this December.
Renamed Arthurs Seat Eagle in tribute to the wedge-tailed eagles visible from the lift, the new cable car ride will feature 24 enclosed gondolas capable of seating eight people comfortably. The Eagle is set to open on Saturday, December 3rd, and already, an online bidding war auctioning off the first gondola ride has reached $1100, with proceeds going to the Peninsula Specialist College and Dromana Primary School.

Courtesy of Arthurs Seat Eagle

First opened in 1960, Arthurs Seat once attracted 100,000 visitors per year. However, the ride was decommissioned in 2006 after being plagued by several incidents including a pylon collapse in 2003 that injured 18 people, a carriage mishap in 2004 that left an elderly woman with two broken legs, and a mechanical failure in 2006, which saw several people trapped on the chairlift.

After several years of negotiations between council members and Parks Victoria, construction began on a new chairlift in October 2015. The estimated restoration cost was $5 million; however, the bill has now passed $20 million. Overseen by Arthurs Seat CEO Hans Brugman, the project is being built by Austrian company Doppelmayr, who is using 120 tonnes of steel and more than 10,000 metres of electrical cable. Brugman, who used to ride the chairlift as a child, said, ‘The local support is overwhelming and has been so encouraging throughout the project. Everybody I talk with is so excited.’

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Adult $24

Child $ 15

Concession $21.50

Children under four ride free

Arthurs Seat Road, Arthurs Seat VIC, Australia, +61 3 5981 1957

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