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Hovercraft tours on Lake Burley Griffin?

By kingcosworth - 12 January 2014 135

 I have a friend who is looking to expand his business by offering Hovercraft tours around Lake Burley Griffin.  It is felt that it would be a wonderful attraction for tourists and family outings.  A small Hovercraft will also add an interesting backdrop to the lake, which arguably can be perceived as fairly bland to a proportion of residents.  The Hovercraft is extremely quiet, as not to be intrusive to citizens not interested in such a form of entertainment, plus it will help utilize a fairly under used attraction of Canberra that is the lake.  It is felt by many that Canberra could use far more attractions than what is currently available, as long as they don’t impact on the day to day lives of other Canberra citizens.  As a result, such a venture can only make a percentage of Canberra citizens happier, and help tourism, bringing money into the capital, all of which is positive.  As for environmental impact, the same company has been approved for use at the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most beautiful and delicate natural structures in the world.

What do people think about the concept of Hovercraft tours on the lake? I’m very interested in people’s opinions plus  any opinion on adding even more eclectic forms of entertainment within the nations capital, so that a wider range of our citizens have the ability to enjoy themselves.  Over the years family events have been cancelled, but never replaced with an alternative.  Replacing said events can only make people and families happier, which can only benifit the city and people’s outlook on life!

What’s Your opinion?


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135 Responses to
Hovercraft tours on Lake Burley Griffin?
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Mr Evil 11:25 am
12 Jan 14
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Great idea – but if the ACT Government won’t allow jet-skis or private motorised boats (apart from the ferries) on the lake – I’d be surprised they’d allow a hovercraft anywhere near it either?

Apparently noise is the big issue – and the toffs of Campbell and Reid don’t like noise…..

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farnarkler 11:26 am
12 Jan 14
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I reckon the red tape involved with operating a powered vehicle on the lake would sink your friend’s idea. How about hovercraft racing on Lake George.

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Deref 11:44 am
12 Jan 14
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I’ve never been on a hovercraft – I’d try that!

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maxblues 12:19 pm
12 Jan 14
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Je suis un Rock Star…

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Benaresq 12:28 pm
12 Jan 14
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Mr Evil said :

Great idea – but if the ACT Government won’t allow jet-skis or private motorised boats (apart from the ferries) on the lake – I’d be surprised they’d allow a hovercraft anywhere near it either?

Apparently noise is the big issue – and the toffs of Campbell and Reid don’t like noise…..

I head that it was boats causing a wake that was the issue (excuse), and that apparently hovercraft were specifically allowed.

Once upon a time, they even used to race them on the lake:
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/home-made-hovercrafts-race/query/canberra

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BimboGeek 12:37 pm
12 Jan 14
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At the end of the day, for me, it’s more about the service than the technology used to deliver it. What can a hovercraft do that the ferries can’t? What’s your USP?

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MERC600 12:47 pm
12 Jan 14
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Deref said :

I’ve never been on a hovercraft – I’d try that!

I’ve been on one. A big fullah one from Dover to Calais back in 73. Very weird riding experience as there was a bit of a swell running in the channel..
Here I reckon it would be a good idea. I don’t think the lake is utilised enough. But as Mr Evel mentions noise would sink it.
But Farnarkler mentions Lake George. Now that could be worth a look at. Even I might be talked into parting with some of the hard earned to skim across it. Would need a bar though.

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kingcosworth 12:49 pm
12 Jan 14
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Your right, the red tape is proving ridiculous. ‘Visit Canberra (Department of Tourism)’ and ‘National Capital Attractions Authority’ is all for it, but the Lake Authority (NCA) is not. Reading through the act after the application was submitted, the only clause that seemed to go against the concept was a discretionary clause that states that any venture must be in keeping with the look and serenity of the lake. As for the vessel being petrol powered, private vessals can not be powered, but comercial vessals can be, thus the powered ferry. Regarding noise, we have conducted extensive sound testing in Melbourne and the noise level is 78dB, quiter than a whipper snipper. The lakes in Canberra are grossly under utilised, with a population of about 400,000 people, a tiny percentage of the population actually utilise the lake, as most forms of water sport are banned for use. I feel Canberra needs more attractions, and I beleive I’m not the only one who thinks this, but with Government bodies stonewalling ventures that are outside the norm is not fair for the citizens of Canberra and there needs to be a change!!!

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gooterz 1:20 pm
12 Jan 14
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I thought nca only did LBG lake t and g should be out of their scope. Have you spoken with groups like the Tuggeranong community council?

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wildturkeycanoe 1:34 pm
12 Jan 14
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kingcosworth said :

The lakes in Canberra are grossly under utilised, with a population of about 400,000 people, a tiny percentage of the population actually utilise the lake, as most forms of water sport are banned for use.

This is because half the year the water is too cold to use and the other half the government stops us from going in because of the green algae.

As for the hover idea, wouldn’t the craft also be restricted to a certain speed, making it a pretty ordinary ride? Unless you could zoom around at a rate of knots….boring.

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kingcosworth 2:14 pm
12 Jan 14
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BimboGeek said :

At the end of the day, for me, it’s more about the service than the technology used to deliver it. What can a hovercraft do that the ferries can’t? What’s your USP?

Purely the novelty of the hovercraft, it’s more of a joyride as apposed to a means of transport. There are thousands of brands of cars out there, but they all do the same job and get you from A to B, just some of them appeal more to some than others.

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kingcosworth 2:16 pm
12 Jan 14
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gooterz said :

I thought nca only did LBG lake t and g should be out of their scope. Have you spoken with groups like the Tuggeranong community council?

That’s interesting, thanks for that advice, I will look into it!!

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kingcosworth 2:21 pm
12 Jan 14
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maxblues said :

Je suis un Rock Star…

I am a rock star, thankyou!

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maxblues 2:33 pm
12 Jan 14
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kingcosworth said :

maxblues said :

Je suis un Rock Star…

I am a rock star, thankyou!

The song was possibly the first (and last?) to refer to a hovercraft.

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c_c™ 2:41 pm
12 Jan 14
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There’s absolutely no chance of this happening. Hovercraft are not quiet, its operations would be restricted to central basin for obvious reasons and central basin has mostly formed shoreline above the water level designed for conventional boat traffic.

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