Connected by a 4.6km long sustainable transport system, our proposal represents Tasmania's next major all-ages experiential tourism magnet. Scroll this page and you'll soon know the basics.
CASCADE TOURISM PRECINCT
Cascade Brewery is Australia's oldest operating brewery. Founded by one of Hobart's most prominent early capitalists, steeped in industrial heritage and now tapping into the tourism industry, the site offers a harmonious, logical and spectacular new visitor gateway to the mountain.
Ongoing collaboration with Carlton United Breweries and local residents continues to refine this exciting co-location, and we've adapted our traffic management plan in response to community consultations since our Proposal Launch in April 2014.
A range of visitor improvements have been identified, including but not limited to:
- Traffic-light controlled pedestrian crossing on Cascade Rd,
- Circular bus/taxi/drop-off zone to replace staff carpark,
- Heritage fountain restoration,
- Widened public footpaths,
- Bike hire depot
- New multi-level staff and visitor parking for the precinct.
Tickets to our 2017 Design Reveal event will be available soon. In the interim, please click on the site plan to find out more.
GOLDEN GULLY PARK
Nestled in an existing forest grove west of the Brewery and situated entirely on Cascade land, our section one Gondolas will whisk you above the Hobart Rivulet into the mountain foothills.
Here passengers can step off the Gondola and step onto our Skytram to reach the pinnacle, but we've loaded a whole lot more adventure and fun into this park to lure visitors astray.
An all-ages tree-top rope course & zip line, BBQ and picnic facilities, tours of the cable car engineering & motor rooms, new dedicated walking and mountain bike trails from the North South track as well as back to the Brewery are topped off with an outdoor lawn venue for family fun and special events.
The mid-station serves as the main back-of-house operating hub for our company, and is where the motors for both section two and one are housed. Whilst this also serves as the primary catering, freight and waste logistics point, Golden Gully Park will not be publicly accessible by vehicles other than the Cable Car.
kunanyi /Mt Wellington is one of the state's most visited tourist locations. What greets visitors however is a dead-end road; an exposed car park encircling the pinnacle like a shrine to the automobile. Telecommunication infrastructure abounds and visitor amenity is practically an after thought.
Our proposal aims to fix that with a blend of improved public infrastructure and commercial facilities, such as:
- All Day Cafe where the views take centre stage,
- Restaurant that can be hired out for private functions,
- Wine & Whisky Bar showcasing Tassie's finest,
- Tour Guide Desk & Seasonal Equipment Hire,
- Sport Lockers for recreational hire.
- New, safer and compliant boardwalks & lookouts,
- Interpretation Gallery / education centre,
- New replacement scenic & emergency shelter,
- Park Ranger's storage/office,
- Wind-sheltered seating,
- Additional toilets with parenting rooms,
- Rooftop Amphitheatre.
The Pinnacle Centre will be free to enter for all mountain visitors, whether they arrive by road, foot or cable car.
CCTV will provide better overnight security whilst extensive site investigation and visitation modelling ensures our proposal can cater for the projected net increase in people reaching the top with better flow, increased safety and waste management.
Whilst our proposal requires no forced restriction on road access to the summit, (why would we seek to limit the number of cafe & restaurant customers?) overall a 60% reduction in total number of cars and buses on Pinnacle Road is projected.
Importantly, the commercial operations proposed for our Pinnacle Centre can be serviced entirely via the Skytram, from catering supplies, gas, fresh water and stock, to waste and sewerage removal. This ensure operations are continuous regardless of whether the road is closed due to icy conditions or the cableway is suspended due to wind. (See Q&A for threshold limit)
Determining the most appropriate and viable route has been a 14 month process of investigation involving local stakeholders, decades of community research, tourism operators and international cable car experts.
To ensure mistakes made by previous proponents are not repeated when considering the brewery as the starting point, MWCC is proposing a two-staged journey that dog-legs around residential areas to avoid privacy concerns. This is by no means the cheapest alignment or method to deliver an aerial cableway to the summit but it is clearly the most palatable for the community based on stringent community guidelines.
Our proposal keeps the route entirely over Cascade land (45%) and Wellington Park (55%) and ensures both cable car systems travel above the untouched forest canopy.
SECTION TWO 'SKYTRAM' PROFILE
The engineering marvel that we're most pleased with is the design response from Doppelmayr/Garaventa. This reflects our desire to minimise the number of towers on the mountain face for scenic preservation. The solution? A 2.1km span from the lower foothills to the top, only achievable by utilising the vertical drop offered by the northern end of the Organ Pipes. So not only do we minimise visual impact for all concerned, we provide a spectacular visitor experience that will be unparalleled in the Southern Hemisphere.