Arthurs Seat Eagle is a cable car, which is supported and propelled by cables from above. It consists of a loop of steel cable that is strung between two stations, sometimes over intermediate supporting towers. The cable is driven by a bullwheel ( a large pulley) in the base station, which is connected to an electric motor. There is also a bullwheel at the summit station and 11 towers to support the rope up the hill.
The Gondolas are detachable which allows them to come of the rope to slow down in the stations - allowing guests to easily enter the cabin for their ‘flight’.
The flight carries passengers between the Base Station in Dromana to the summit of Arthurs Seat, passing high over the beautiful Arthurs Seat State Park. The lift has the ability to travel at a maximum speed of 3m/s (10.8kph) but we generally run it at 1.5m/s (5.4kph) so guests can enjoy the view.
The Eagle is all inclusive and caters to the disabled, elderly, frail and toddlers. It is wheelchair and pram friendly. A combination of enclosed and open cabins provides an all-weather experience for passengers.
Each night the team take all the Gondolas off the rope and store them in the garage at the base.
The Eagle has 34 gondolas
Each gondola can hold eight guests.
The summit is 314 metres high
The flight takes approximately 15 minutes each way
There is 120t of steel in the towers
Each gondola weighs 785 kgs
Over 2km of steel cable is used overhead to transport the gondolas up and down the slope
The gondolas were manufactured in Switzerland
The tallest tower is ‘Number 9’ - it’s 22 metres from the ground to rope level