Arthurs Seat Skylift Takes Shape
The construction of the Iconic Arthurs Seat Skylift moves a step closer today with the erection of the gondola's support pylons.
The pylons were skillfully flown into place by a heavy lift helicopter overseen by the Australian lift company Doppelmayr.
Skylift will set new standards in Accessible Tourism
The new Skylift will consist of fully enclosed 8 seat Goldolas making it an all weather attraction and for the first time allowing people of all abilities to take in the spectacular views over Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula from Arthurs Seat.
It will help revitalise Arthurs Seat State Park by creating an internationally recognised attraction, and contribute to the Mornington Peninsula’s economy through tourism and employment.
The upper and lower station buildings will each feature a loading area, mezzanine level, café/kiosk, information centre, toilets and office space.
- Slow moving Gondolas in the stations allowing level access for wheelchairs, prams and strollers
- Improved car parking overall and level accessible parking
- Ramped access throughout
- Accessible observations decks
- Accessible toilets and a Changing Places facility
The $16 million project will not only be a major tourism asset for the state of Victoria but it will be a world class Accessible Facility to cater for the rapidly growing Accessible Tourism market.
The Skylift chief, Hans Brugman said today:
Making it completely accessible has increased the cost of this project significantly but it was important to do it.
TravAbility's Founder, Bill Forrester said:
As a major iconic tourist attraction for both the Mornington Peninsula and the City of Melbourne, it is important that such a development be fully inclusive to everyone.
The Arthur Seat Skylift project has taken the time and effort to understand the needs of the disabled traveller. By changing their approach away from a compliance to customer focus, the developers have gone far and above their obligations under the building codes. They have fully embraced the spirit of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, especially Article 30, and in doing so have created a truly world class accessible concept.
The Arthur Seat Skylift has the potential to create a significant competitive advantage for the Mornington Peninsula and the City of Melbourne in attracting the Accessible Tourism market, as well as enhancing the city’s reputation as being the “Most Livable City” for all.
Gondola - Artists Impression
Upper Station - Artists Impression
The next major milestone will be the arrival of the Gondolas from Switzerland.
The Skylift is expected to be operational before the end of the year.