Gondola, Zipline and Glass Skywalk plans for Mt Tomaree Port Stephens

 

A Gondola would give everybody access to the top of the beautiful Tomaree Headland.
A Gondola would give everybody access to the top of the beautiful Tomaree Headland.

IMAGINE taking a Gondola ride to the top of Mt Tomaree.

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Now see yourself stepping out of the Gondola onto a Skywalk platform made of glass that is teetering off the edge of the mountain.

Under your feet, hundreds of metres below is the crystal clear water, whilst you stand gazing at the unparalleled views of our idyllic Port Stephens and its coastline.

After that breathtaking experience, feeling a little adventurous, you decide to take the Zipline alternative down the side of the mountain all the way to the bottom.

Ryan Palmer, Tomaree Business Chamber President and Mayoral Candidate, gave a hint on Port Stephens 100.9 FM this week that these activities could be a real possibility in the near future that would be sure to see Port Stephens come under the world’s spotlight.

Ideas being discussed with an investor range from a Gondola experience to the top of Mount Tomaree with the option of taking a zipline back down the side of the mountain for the more adventurous, to a glass “Sky Walk” similar to the infamous Grand Canyon Sky Walk.

Currently only the fit and healthy can climb to the summit of Mt Tomaree and this would give everyone equal opportunity.

“The reason everyone loves Port Stephens is because of the natural environment,” Ryan Palmer, Tomaree Business Chamber President and Mayoral Candidate told Bay News Of The Area.

Mr Palmer believes that the additions of these attractions would enhance the natural environment, highlighting them and putting our area on the world stage.

“We want more overnight stays to our area, as well as building tourism as we showcase our beautiful area,” Mr Palmer said.

“I believe that these kind of attractions would be enhancements to our visitor economy and projects that a proactive council should be considering,” Ryan Palmer added.

“It’s not council’s core business but it is important to create employment, enabling our youth to stay in Port Stephens,” he said.

Mr Palmer believes it is time to begin the momentum, to change people’s perspectives and to plant seeds in the minds of investors as we reinvent ourselves and our beautiful region

 

By Jewell DRURY

 

The glass Skywalk in the Grand Canyon USA could be a template on Tomaree Mountain.
The glass Skywalk in the Grand Canyon USA could be a template on Tomaree Mountain.

 

A zipline down the side of the mountain would be a great tourist drawcard for the more adventurous. Photos supplied
A zipline down the side of the mountain would be a great tourist drawcard for the more adventurous.
Photos supplied

3 thoughts on “Gondola, Zipline and Glass Skywalk plans for Mt Tomaree Port Stephens

  1. Yes I think it would be a fantastic thing to happen, think of the elderly and people In wheelchairs who would be able to experience this. If the cost for a ride to the top would be affordable for everyone. But as I have said previously to you Mr. Palmer we need decent ammenities in our area and maybe the investor could be able to put money into this, as the Council has put this on the back burner, and we also need the bypass road put in to accommodate all the tourists.

  2. Is this bloke serious?
    One of the main attractions of Port Stephens is that it is surrounded by unspoiled National Parks.
    The construction of a Gondola and viewing platform, similar to say Queenstown in New Zealand, would necessarily require the destruction of a great swath of native flora and fauna on the Tomaree headland. That destruction would be permanent.
    Thousands of people each year enjoy walking up the headland through unspoiled native bushland and they must be allowed to continue to do so.
    Perhaps he imagines that the gondola would leave from the foyer of the Bruce McKenzie casino!
    And he wants to be Mayor, I don’t think so!

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