Saturday, October 29, 2016

Arthurs Seat and the Eagle

In another post I will tell you why we were down on the Mornington Peninsula but on our way home the sky was fairly clear so we thought we would travel up to Arthurs Seat to see what progress there had been with the construction of the new chair lift.

Even before the chair lift was built it was a popular area and look at this link to see Garden of the Moon. The first white man to ascend Arthurs Seat was Captain Mathew Flinders in 1802. That is very early in white Australia's history.

As you can see from the map, it is a very steep road up to Arthurs Seat (I can't preview this, so it may not work).

https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-38.3498451,144.9520616,16z?hl=en

After the perplexing event at a kiddie ride and the subsequent horrific deaths at Dreamwold on Queensland's Gold Coast by way of an amusement park ride, it is perhaps not the best time to be opening any sort of ride for the amusement of the masses however, the new chairlift is to open on December the third.

The old chairlift opened in 1960, built by a Czech engineer, and had began to become unreliable and after causing some injuries to people and was finally and probably belatedly shut down in 2006.

The new ride is to be known as the Arthurs Seat Eagle and it looked mighty impressive to me. To our surprise, the cable began running while we were admiring the views and then some pods, or gondolas as they are known, began to turn up. The new chair lift was built by an Austrian company and the pods by a Swiss company, so that is reassuring, although things do go wrong in those countries too with such devices.

Here are a few photos and a 20 second video. The views are wonderful from atop Arthurs Seat. Looking north over Dromana and Safety Beach.


There is a restaurant, Arthurs, and an outdoor area once called Garden of the Moon. There is also a kiosk for we less well heeled types.


About where this pylon is was where the old lift stopped.


Here comes a pod. Some of the pods are fully enclosed and it was certainly windy up there when we visited. I believe the covered over pods are the enclosed ones.


The new lift crosses over the carpark. An unsafe and condemned, but rather nice, concrete lookout tower has been demolished.  There will be a cafe and no doubt, 'exit through the gift shop'.


A couple of the open pods arrived.


Don't have your speakers on. The wind noise is horrible. 20 seconds.



I hope the seat of Arthurs Seat gets a makeover. It is very shabby.



On the way back down at a viewing point we could see that there has been a fire and it seems it was a planned burn to reduce the fire fuel load at Arthurs Seat, a state park. It is a terrific idea as it has improved the views immensely. Only a cynic would smell a rat that in the autumn there was a fire fuel reduction burn and later the same year the new chair lift, years in the planning and construction, will open. I am a cynic. Now looking south over Rosebud.


Another view of Dromana and Safety Beach, around to Mount Martha.



Eagle Arthurs Seat opens on the third of December. As I've seemed to promote the company, I think $250 would be an appropriate ex gratia gesture. Or a free ride.

18 comments:

  1. Andrew I love your beaches

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    1. Gosia, apart from a few places, they don't get very busy either. Nothing like you see in warmer Euro countries.

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  2. My bet is that a free ride is the best you can expect.

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    1. My bet Victor, is nothing.

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  3. Good luck on the ex gratia thing.
    And yes, it was windy. I don't think I would be comfortable in those pods on a windy day.
    Glorious views though. Another cynic.

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    1. EC, yes, I don't think things like that run if it is really windy.

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  4. The gardens, views and afternoon teas were always wonderful. One of my favourite spots to take interstate guests to.

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    1. Hels, it is a great place to take visitors, as we have in the past.

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  5. The views are spectacular. I imagine it won't run if it is too windy.PS what an incredible memory you have re my bumping into my neighbour's son's car!

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    1. Marie, I rather wish I could remember more important things than retaining useless information.

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  6. Had to look up who discovered Australia.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Captain Cook, but he didn't really. The Portuguese and Dutch had been here before.

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  7. The seat of Arthur's Seat looks fine to me, just needs a coat of paint and it will be good as new.
    Love the wonderful scenery up there.

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    1. River, yes that is all it needs. I expect it will be done.

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  8. My Arthur will be very much flattered that he has such a beautifull landscape named after him ! His only concern would be if there are enough mice there, lol !

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    1. Gattina, yes a whole mountain as your cat's own seat.

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  9. The Garden of the Moon would have been more than enough to entice me up Andrew, you didn't take a shot of how it looks now? Beautiful views will be had from the cable cars, views I will never personally experience 😀

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    1. Grace, the garden was boarded up but I could see through a hole that it was a neat lawned outdoor area with tables and chairs for casual dining.

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