Arthurs Seat Eagle

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Arthurs Seat Eagle
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Gliding quietly through the sky in a gondola at Arthurs Seat Eagle, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported a million miles away, rather than one hour’s drive from Melbourne. With uninterrupted views, framed by swaying gum trees and birdsong, grazing kangaroos and the trace of distant coastlines, you are immersed in a truly majestic Australian landscape. Named in honor of the Wedge-tailed Eagle, indigenous to the area and revered in local Aboriginal lore, the Eagle experience is one of flight through an area steeped in history and surrounded by nature. Gliding above and past the trees, you ride inside comfortable, all weather and fully accessible cabins. It’s an awe-inspiring journey as you ascend quietly up Arthurs Seat to the summit station.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Peter S
Rome, Italy3,260 contributions
Spectacular views across the bay when riding the slopes above the treetops in a quiet gondola.
Jul 2021
Review of the Eagle Aerial Gondola, 795 Arthurs Seat Road, Arthurs Seat, Victoria

It was 15 months since we had last been on the Eagle Aerial cable way; we’d caught our ride with friends in early March 2020 … key date for Victorians; it was just days before the state closed around us and ‘lockdown’ became a familiar word/topic that would come to exemplify world of 2020-2021. We are still living within the constraints of the Covid-19 virus with little chance of ‘normality’ returning to everyday life anytime soon.
It was end of summer last time we were here – check out the review for Mar20 – there’s a deal of background on location, history, the original peoples, even mention of the first cable way – ski/slope/style seating with pairs of people out there in the open. It is all quite a contrast to the security and elegance of the Eagle Gondolas, the high standards of people management, facilities and more. Choose a fine day and take the return ride; chose a gondola without windows in place – that you’re exposed as much as the grilled window fittings will allow – and make sure that you’ve a camera/smartphone on hand. (Make sure that it’s tied to your wrist.) Appreciate every minute of the descent/ascent.
That said, you couldn’t not help seeing the twin rows of seated people in those gondolas passing the other way, heads down, fingers/eyes glued into their screens. You come all this way … you pay for your return ride, and then remain captured by the technological wizardry of that computer in your hand - only for the aficionado/dedicated social media wallah.
The Eagle Gondolas transport you from close to the seashore at Dromana to the peak of the range/hills at Arthurs Seat, which is at 314 m and the highest point on Mornington Peninsula. The gondola represent the modernization/investment of the attractions/facilities at Arthurs Seat in recent times; within a couple of kilometres there’s an adventure garden – high rope walkways, flying foxes, long slides, maze, etc. and, further away, a more traditional car museum that, in timely fashion, is likely to represent the last of petrochemical/ICE vehicles as we have known them since Grandad was a lad.
So, where to catch the cable cars for the return journey? The car park at the lower station is the logical place to start – this is where the majority people arrive; ride to the top, take a coffee/snack/lunch break, and wander the local tracks for those views across to bay. Take in the shoreline below, Point Nepean where the bay meets Bass Strait, the high-rise buildings in Melbourne’s CBD and, across the bay and to one side of Geelong, the tri-peaks of the You-Yangs Regional Park a few km further north. On a clear day like we enjoyed you could also see further along the southern Victorian coastline direction. But … the car park at the lower station was full – there were people everywhere.
We kept driving. The upper station was relatively empty by comparison with plenty of parking and no crowds. It was much the same in the restaurant/café – pleasantly half-full inside and out. In times of Covid awareness ‘outside’ represented a good option. It was a Thursday, and we took advantage of the combined ride/afternoon tea deal on offer that day - tickets at $24/each; eating/drinking in the paved area next to where the cable cars were heading into the station.
And, here’s that personal service par excellence to share … we had been in the café the day before for tea/snacks – having visited that local car museum – and requested lemon with our tea, but there was none available. Hmmm. We said that we’d probably be back the following day (the day of the cable car ride - today) and would request lemon tea again next time. ‘No issue’ came the friendly reply. Sure enough, Eva – serving across the counter in the café - had carried her promise through having collected a handful of miniature oranges (also called ‘Kumquats’) from her garden and brought them in especially for us. They have a pleasant tart/sharp taste when eaten fresh. Great in tea too. We took the surplus fruit home afterwards. Complimenti.
Issues? None of any consequence. The ride was all it is made out to be – a great experience and not to be missed.
Covid issues and restrictions on people control at the lower station when returning back up the slope had resulted in a (spaced) queue of acquiescent customers that snacked around a queue area leading to the single ticket kiosk. The queue was held back by another woman, who released the families/groups/individuals separately to buy their tickets.
The woman in the kiosk was also serving the shop behind her. Both ticket holders and newcomers were required to queue together; return travellers could not by-pass the queue. You could see the occasional cable car leaving empty. It took >30 minutes to gain access to the short queue inside the terminal and another 10 minutes or so to clear the ‘photo-opportunity’ hurdle – the organised ‘selfie’ offered for you and your family/group in a stage-set flying gondola (that you could collect when arriving at the upper station). You pay, of course.
The blockage/delay did, however, enable the small groups (like ours) to have a gondola to ourselves – people were not being packed in to make up numbers – which was good.
And, the point that we made previously, there really is a ‘seat’ at Arthurs Seat. A giant-size high-backed steel seat with room for three sitting side-by-side in a small garden on the hill to one side of the upper cable car station/café/deck. Here’s where you capture your Alice in Wonderland shrinking experience on camera/phone.

Peter Steele
10 August 2021
Written August 10, 2021
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karenza83
Bendigo, Australia36 contributions
Well worth the visit
Aug 2021 • Family
The kids were super keen to go on this.
We went from the bottom to the top return. It was a little windy (24km wind BOM said) but it was ok.
We chose a closed pod, partly due to the wind, partly due to 3 young kids.
The kids thoroughly enjoyed it (one wanted to go on it again the next day).
I enjoyed it more than I thought I would (don't like heights).
Definately worth a visit.
Written August 5, 2021
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Rosieg30
Victoria, Australia50 contributions
Great experience
Jun 2021 • Couples
Went on a quiet Monday so not too busy. I was a bit nervous as windy outside but staff were really nice and assuring. Gave us lots of info. We enjoyed the experience and views wee breathtaking. Cafe was clean and had nice food options. So glad we went.
Written July 12, 2021
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Moana 🌺
Victoria, Australia68 contributions
Perfect!
Jun 2021 • Couples
Excellent customer service and very Covid safe. A great experience and worth the million dollar views…as well as the peaceful sound of wildlife whistling through the trees 🌲 5 star!
Written July 2, 2021
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Sue
Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
Arthurs Seat Eagle Experience
Feb 2021
We took my elderly parents out today and we all really enjoyed the experience. The staff are extremely friendly and there was one staff named Rob, who was quite funny and super nice!
Written June 21, 2021
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David P
Melbourne, Australia108 contributions
A FLIGHT WITH THE BIRDS!
May 2021
Just wonderful! Pick a bright sunny day when around the Arthurs Seat region and do yourself a favor; take a return ride on the magnificent Eagle where you will see sensational views of our beautiful Port Phillip Bay, simply outstanding and a really smooth ride. JUST DO IT!
Written May 13, 2021
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Nunngo
ACT1,594 contributions
Magic views
Mar 2021
Magic views from the Aerial Gondola. We were fortunate on the day we were there, no waiting and perfect Autumn weather for clear views of the Peninsula. Gondola ride was easy and comfortable, staff were helpful and friendly
Written May 8, 2021
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simon c
1 contribution
good fun
May 2021
The eagle is well worth doing. it is good value and the view is wonderful .
We did a return journey . It was only $24.00 ea . that was great .The ride down the hill was great , but the 30 minute wait to go back up was just ridiculous . you have to get off at the bottom and then wait with 50 other people to get back on .
only 1 person in the office selling tickets and serving in the gift shop , Totally unorganised
Written May 2, 2021
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Stephen M
Frankston, Australia74 contributions
Poorly Organised
Apr 2021 • Couples
Why - this applies to the bottom to top ride.
One person to serve customers in the shop and scan people’s tickets.
A photographer that each person must pass which is an incredible hold up.
Totally not clear about pre buying tickets on line or the need to rescan on the return trip. 1 hour and a half que to board.

Apart from that huge downside, trip up and down very pleasant about 13 minutes. Parking a pain as with all visitor attractions

Written April 4, 2021
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Caroline D
Melbourne, Australia171 contributions
Great on a clear day
Feb 2021 • Friends
This is a weather dependent activity, we went on a very sunny day so the views were really good. If you park at the bottom car park then head up the hill you can enjoy the summit circuit walk. Grab a map from the guides before u walk outside and then head off. It takes about an hour and can get steep in parts. There are 3-4 look outs and the views over the peninsula area great. There is a cafe at the top as well and just a small kiosk down the bottom. If you have an entertainment book or small ideas membership both offer discounts on ride tickets.
Written February 22, 2021
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