Between its now legendary Museum of Old and New Art and a newly opened 30-mile cliff-hugging walking trail – Australia’s island state Tasmania is quickly making its way to the top of many a travel bucket list.
Now plans are afoot to create yet another spectacular attraction for visitors with a cable car to the island’s iconic Mount Wellington. The mountain, which looms above the state capital Hobart, is already a popular spot for hikers and climbers but facilities at the peak, 1270 metres above sea level, are fairly basic.
Jude Franks, chair of the organisation behind the plan, explained to Lonely Planet: “Kunanyi/Mount Wellington is one of Tasmania’s most visited areas. The mountain sits majestically behind our pretty city and most visitors want to try to take advantage of the amazing views that the pinnacle can deliver. “Our plan is to deliver a world-class visitor experience, which allows year-round access in an environmentally friendly way.”
The project would include restaurant facilities, a café, a whiskey bar, and an interpretative centre for the mountain, as well of course as the soaring cable car. Also planned are mountain bike trails, while with the cable car in place, they will be able to encourage snow sports on the peak. Tasmania is already in the midst of something of a tourism boom with 1500 new hotel rooms currently being built in Hobart alone.
The project has been examined by the local government who are happy it could be a commercial success and funded privately. Jude Franks said: “the government have now decided that it is a project that has required them to create special legislation to acquire the land corridor to allow the project to progress to planning approval stage. This announcement only happened the week before last, so we are still processing the next steps that will be required … however, [we are] very excited that the project now has a pathway [to development].”
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