The Mount Wellington Cableway Company typically pictures their cable car from high up and far away. The 360-degree spherical bubbli images below take you to the places where the cableway hits the ground. What is down there? Captured from the centre point of each drill site, the images offer the first view that surround each site.

silver peppermint forest

Click image to view Photosphere:  The Tip Top mountain bike track to be built-over

Click image to view Photosphere: The Tip Top mountain bike track to be built-over

Here the Access Road crosses the Tip Top mountain bike track. This is an open forest of silver peppermint gums. Growing on mudstone, such forests are so rare they are listed under local and national environment protection legislation as "Threatened". The forest offers habitat for ten species listed as endangered, including one of Australia's rarest orchids and the elusive Masked Owl.


grassy bank

Click image to view Photosphere:  the middle of the Base Station

Click image to view Photosphere: the middle of the Base Station

The cable car’s Base Station would sit upon native grasses, sedges and bracken ferns in a clearing surrounded by gums. The cleared area is littered with the dark pellets of wallaby, bandicoot and birds, and the forest margin is a known pathway for Tasmanian Devils


wet sclerophyll hill

Click image to view Photosphere:  Ground Zero for Tower 1

Click image to view Photosphere: Ground Zero for Tower 1

Tower 1 would stand on a low hill covered in sclerophyll forest. Rising above fallen giants are old-growth gums as well as post-67 fire gums. The giant (at drill point C3.3) has a girth of 6+ metres. Beneath a scrubby, stinkwood and laurel understory, the ground is rich with leaf-litter, lichens and mossy rocks. This is the hunting ground of bandicoots and devils, both recorded in this bushland on the edge of clearings.


dry sclerophyll hill

Click image to view Photosphere:  Ground Zero for Tower 2

Click image to view Photosphere: Ground Zero for Tower 2

Tower 2 would be just below the brow of this unnamed hill. Here, higher up the hill, in wettish sclerophyll forest a few mature trees stand among fallen giants forming a quadrangle of rotting trunks. Beneath them is a lighter, thinner understory of stinkwoods. A sanctuary for birds with its many tree hollows.


high woodland

Click image to view Photosphere:  Ground Zero for the “temporary structure”

Click image to view Photosphere: Ground Zero for the “temporary structure”

A “temporary structure” would stand in this intermediate zone where the gums thin and sub-alpine woodland with dense shrub begins including myrtles and a colourful understory. The scree slope is covered in lichen.


ORGAN PIPES rock garden

Click image to view Photosphere:   Ground Zero for Tower 3 Credit: Panorama image by David Day

Click image to view Photosphere: Ground Zero for Tower 3 Credit: Panorama image by David Day

Tower 3 would stand upon a boulder field on the short bench directly above the Organ Pipes. Alpine heath grades here into sub-alpine shrubland in sheltered pockets. Low alpine shrubs and small gums (Eucalyptus coccifera). Thermalling over the bench were a pair of wedge-tailed eagles.


ALPINE HEATHfield

Click image to view Photosphere:  Ground Zero for the Pinnacle Centre

Click image to view Photosphere: Ground Zero for the Pinnacle Centre

The MWCC Pinnacle Centre would sprawl across a highly varied, dense, alpine vegetation and boulder field forming the first bench below the Pinnacle Lookout. Alpine heath grading into sub-alpine shrubland in sheltered pockets. Low alpine shrubs and small trees (Eucalyptus coccifera). This is the habitat of the mountain skink and mountain snail, tiny creatures found no-where else on planet earth. We surprised a white-lipped snake.


SLIDEs

Slideshow by WEC4U: Luke Harwood, David Day and Bernard Lloyd and Sonia Caton, shot March 2019.

CREDITS

Slideshow and bublies created by Luke Harwood, David Day and Bernard Lloyd and Sonia Caton.

March 2019. © WEC4U March 2019

The exhibition opening (22 March, 2019) coincided with the day the Minister for State Growth signed the Authority for the cableway company to start “investigating” these sites.