The Ghan is about 800 metres long on a not so busy run as ours was. I am led to believe it can cross the 1 km mark in peak season. It also has whistle stops atsome stations meaning passengers must leave the train as its shunted onto a side? based on this I propose :-
Boarding / Dishembarking
A moving walkway with a hop off path at each carriage door. Or if they thought that a hop off each door is a little outrageous then one every second carriage. This would eliminate walking long distances in the heat / cool/ wet/ dry/ or actually just walking long distances. Remember on these walk you are also toting a large handbag, waving flies, perspiring lol.
Electronic doors that open at the touch of a button or even better a sensor. I must admit I did become quite good at juggling drinks and food along through the manually opening doors and then walking across the hatches between carriages. Hmm just had a better idea. In each carriage have sleeping cabins a lounge then dining room . No door mechanisms required then 🙂
This is a remarkable place to visit. It’s sheer size alone makes it wondrous . It has some intriguing pull too just looking at it. It should be accessible to all and so I propose these adaptations to assist everyone to explore and enjoy this landmark.
Climbing the rock
Uluru is a sacred Aboriginal site and I understand their thoughts on people climbing it. But, let’s face it people are intrigued to see what is on top and the view of the world up there. Even if it were illegal people would still climb it or attempt to. I propose a choice of two options to eliminate danger and respect wishes not to climb. The first is a chairlift gondola style option. You would board the gondola at the same place as the climbs starts now. It would rise slowly to the top travelling across the rock at a height of say 6metres. It would move slowly , to eliminate rocking in the wind too much ( it woul be close to 400 m above ground level as it crosses the rock!!)
The second idea would viewing towers built at four points around the rock. These would need to be Centrepoint type structures to cater for the height of the rock. From a large secure platform people could leave the lift o view the top and the view across the area. Two of these platforms could even house glass bottom viewers as are on Centrepoint tower… for the adventurous ( or foolish hahaha) .
There would be an extra ticket purchase on top of park entry to ride these.
There is so much to see at base level. It is a 10 km walk which could be considered a marathon really. Here, again, the airport style moving walkway could come into action. People pay to enter the park . A small extra fee could be included to cover this walk as opposed to the gondola ride which is extra as the base walk would be the only option to view the rock at ground level from.
The base walkway would be accessible from similar spots as the walk is now. This would allow for car parking as is already the case. The main walkway would follow the main walk as it is. From this walkway you would hop off to join other walkway paths into points of interest. The smaller walkways would all be covered with the base walk pathway totally glass enclosed and air conditioned. Railings would be available as small seats should you wish to / need to sit for the trip.
The rim walk shows a remarkable view of the canyon. It should be accessible to not only the fit ( or foolish lol). I propose at the base of the rim you join an escalator (with cover for sun protection) , that although steep, carries you to the rim. A small elevator would also ensure those unable to ride the elevator could still ascend to the top. The lift would be a glass cage that allows 360 deg views. Once atop the rim a train like vehicle ( not dissimilar to that used at Ballarat) drives you around the rim stopping frequently for photo opportunities.
All could benefit from the covered moving walkways idea. This adds to the accessibility of such amazing countryside as is throughout Northern Territory . Those with slight incline areas eg Nourlangie Rock or parts of Ubirr would certainly benefit from escalator styled access 🙂