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New South Wales - Canberra

Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Honeysuckle
  • PG launch
  • HG launch
Lake George (Collector) About 40 minutes North of Canberra on the road to Sydney. Inland Ridge E Supervised 3000ft/910m asl, 730ft/220m agl
Lake George (Geary's Gap) About 30 minutes North of Canberra on the road to Sydney. Inland Ridge Closed. PILOT NOTIFICATION RE TEMPORARY SITE CLOSURE – DECEMBER 2015: Please be advised that launching or landing on the escarpment from Geary's site at Lake George is not to be used until further notice. Yass Valley Council have formally advised the ACTHPA that paragliding and hang gliding operations are not to be conducted from that site until such time as the necessary permissions have been established. This does not affect operations from the South launch and activities can continue as usual from this launch. The ACTHPA Committee have been working with the Yass Council and we will respond accordingly. Significant updates that change the status of flying operations will be provided as they come to hand, and regular updates on progress will be reported at club meetings. I am seeking your understanding and support by not flying at this site at this time, so as to not compound and complicate the matter further. To assist the committee in maintaining the site, one of the factors is to demonstrate how long we have been flying at the site by providing evidence. Anyone that has evidence of us Hang Gliding before 1970 can you please approach the ACTHPA committee with details? Thank you. Please note: there is no camping allowed on the lake bed.

Please refer to http://www.acthpa.org for current status of this site.
Lake George (South Launch) About 30 minutes North of Canberra on the road to Sydney. Inland Ridge E Supervised 2400ft / 730m ASL, 180ft / 56m AGL
Lanyon About 20 minutes south of Canberra just past Tuggeranong. Inland Hill W Supervised 900m ASL, 250m AGL
Pig Hill About 20 minutes East of Canberra just past Uriara. Inland Hill N, E Intermediate 950m / 3100' ASL, 350m / 1150' AGL
Spring Hill About 20 minutes North of Canberra on the road to Yass. Inland Hill SW-NW Intermediate 870m (2850') ASL, 200m (650') AGL

New South Wales - New England

Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Crescent Head
  • S launch
  • E launch
About 350km northeast of Sydney. Coastal E-S
Manilla - Mt Borah
  • West launch
  • East launch
  • South launch
  • Northeast launch
Near Tamworth, 350km N of Sydney. Inland Hill All PG Supervised, HG Intermediate 820-880m / 2500-2700ft asl

New South Wales - Northern Beaches

Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Cooks Terrace Sydney's Northern Beaches. Coastal Cliff HG: NE-E, PG: NE-SE PG Supervised, HG Advanced 130' / 40m
Long Reef NE Sydney's Northern Beaches. Moderately steep coastal hill, covered in grass, scrub and small trees NE Supervised 100' / 30m
Long Reef SE Sydney's Northern Beaches. Steep coastal hill, covered in grass, scrub and shale S-SE PG: Supervised (with conditions) HG: Advanced 100' / 30m
Mona Vale Sydney's Northern Beaches. Coastal Cliff with a grass slope above S-SE Intermediate 100' / 30m
Newport Sydney's Northern Beaches. Small coastal cliff plus high coastal hill S-SE Intermediate 80' / 25m
Turimetta Sydney's Northern Beaches. Mixture of coastal cliffs and steeply sloping faces with many knolls SE Intermediate 60' / 20m
Warriewood Sydney's Northern Beaches. Coastal Cliff NE Intermediate 130' / 40m

New South Wales - Riverina

Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Conargo (Deniliquin)
  • Conargo Tow Strip
  • Conargo North Tow Strip
  • Pretty Pine Tow Strip
Near Conargo and Deniliquin. Tow paddocks

New South Wales - South Coast

Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Cambewarra Near Nowra, 120km S of Sydney. Ridge soarable, thermals E-S HG Intermediate with inland experience / PG Advanced 2225ft / 680m
Hill 60 Port Kembla, 70 km S of Sydney. Coastal NE Supervised 200ft / 60m
Stanwell Park - Bald Hill
  • The Point
  • East Launch
About 40km south of Sydney. Coastal S-E Supervised/ Intermediate 600ft/180m
Tongarra Overlooking Macquarie Pass, 90 km SSW of Sydney. Escarpment behind coast NE 620m / 2030ft asl

Queensland

Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Dalby Aerodrome Darling Downs South East Qld. Aerotowing 1131ft / 345m
Eungella
  • Chalet
  • Caravan Park
75km W of Mackay. Inland ENE-SE 660m asl/ 460m agl
Gillies Lookout 40km South West of Cairns. Inland mountain range SE-NE Advanced 2,450ft / 750m ASL
Rainbow Beach - Carlo Sand Blow 180km N of Brisbane. Coastal NNE-ESE Supervised 90m / 300ft
Rex Lookout 40km N of Cairns. Coastal E-SE HG Supervised, PG Intermediate 80m / 260ft

Queensland - Canungra

Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Beechmont - Rosin's Lookout Gold Coast hinterland. SSE-NE Supervised, PG & HG 1738ft/530m ASL
Flying Fox Gold Coast hinterland. N-E PG Supervised, HG Intermediate 1990ft/606m ASL
Hinchcliffe's (Hart's, Flattop) Gold Coast hinterland. SE-S PG Supervised, HG Intermediate 1730ft/527m ASL
Mt. Tamborine Gold Coast hinterland. NW-SW PG: Intermediate; Supervised if under supervision of Instructor or Club SO. HG: Supervised 1916ft/584m ASL

South Australia

Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Tunkalilla Remote beach location east of Deep Creek. 80km south of Adelaide. Coastal ridge ~ 10 km SE - SSW Supervised (PG & HG), top landing HG Intermediate 280’/85m asl, 250’ agl

Victoria - East Coast

Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Arthurs Seat Near Dromana, Mornington Penisula, 50km S of Melbourne. Large Coastal Hill Closed. This site is currently prohibited by Parks Victoria.
Cairns Bay 90km S of Melbourne. Coastal S - SSW - SW Intermediate 100' / 30m asl
Cape Liptrap 150km SE of Melbourne. Coastal Cliffs W,SW Intermediate 300' / 90m asl
Craigie Rd, Mt Martha 50km S of Melbourne. Coastal Cliff Closed. [July 2015] Until further notice can we ask all members not to fly at Craigie Rd. The local council is concerned about the possibility of land slippage. Discussions are underway to hopefully rectify this situation.
Eagles Nest Cape Patterson 100km SE of Melbourne. Coastal Cliff SE Intermediate (Supervised?) 120'/ 35m asl
Fischer Street, Phillip Island On Phillip Island. Low coastal cliffs. NNW-NW 12m / 40ft
Flinders Golf Club 75km S of Melbourne. Coastal cliffs S, SSE Supervised 90' asl, 30m asl
Flinders Monument 75km S of Melbourne. Coastal cliffs Closed. May 2016: The council has forbidden use of this site. MHGC, Skyhigh and VHPA are currently working on addressing their concerns.
Grossard Point, Phillip Island On Phillip Island. Low coastal cliffs. NW at 10-15kn 17m / 55ft
Kilcunda 100km SE of Melbourne. Coastal Dunes S-SW Supervised 50' / 15m asl
Mentone 20km S of Melbourne. Coastal Closed.

Within controlled airspace around Moorabbin airport. As per Section 4.7 (e), Section 6.5.10 and Section 6.5.11 of the HGFA Operations Manual, flying within 16 km of a controlled aerodrome or below 3000 feet within 8 km of an aerodrome with regular public transport services is prohibited. This is regardless of whether flights are below 300 feet or greater than 25 metres from roads or buildings.

In 2010, the VHPA applied for an exemption for this site. CASA declined, stating: "The area surrounding Red Bluff and Mentone is one of high traffic density with both fixed wing and helicopter traffic transiting, often at 500 to 600 feet, as well as being in close proximity to final approach of the NDB A approach. Given these circumstances and the potential impact on the safety of other airspace users CASA cannot approve the establishment of hang gliding and paragliding operations at these locations, even with the controls proposed in your application."

Phillip Island 85km SSE of Melbourne. Coastal
Portsea 65km S of Melbourne. Coastal dunes/cliffs S-SW up to 20kts maximum Supervised 70' / 20m asl
Potters Road, San Remo 90 km southeast of Melbourne via the Bass highway, just ouside San Remo. Grassy coastal cliff Southerly Supervised in bowl, Advanced otherwise 45m/150ft
Red Bluff In suburb of Black Rock, 20km S of Melbourne. Coastal Closed.

Within controlled airspace around Moorabbin airport. As per Section 4.7 (e), Section 6.5.10 and Section 6.5.11 of the HGFA Operations Manual, flying within 16 km of a controlled aerodrome or below 3000 feet within 8 km of an aerodrome with regular public transport services is prohibited. This is regardless of whether flights are below 300 feet or greater than 25 metres from roads or buildings.

In 2010, the VHPA applied for an exemption for this site. CASA declined, stating: "The area surrounding Red Bluff and Mentone is one of high traffic density with both fixed wing and helicopter traffic transiting, often at 500 to 600 feet, as well as being in close proximity to final approach of the NDB A approach. Given these circumstances and the potential impact on the safety of other airspace users CASA cannot approve the establishment of hang gliding and paragliding operations at these locations, even with the controls proposed in your application."

Rhyll, Phillip Island On Phillip Island. Low coastal cliffs. East to NNW, North is best. 10 + Knots. Advanced 16m / 52ft
Shoreham 75km S of Melbourne. Coastal Cliff E - ESE Intermediate 80' / 24m asl
Sunnyside Near Mornington, 50km S of Melbourne. Coastal Cliff Closed. Since March 2016: Temporarily closed whilst development works take place on the golf course and other launch options are being considered.

Victoria - East Inland

Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Eagle Rise Near Beechworth, 210km NE of Melbourne. Inland ridge Closed. Jan 2016: Closed except for local school use.
Gundowring (Savhill)
  • N-NW launch
  • S-SW launch
40km SSE of Albury/Wodonga, in the north end of the Kiewa valley. Inland ridge NNW, SSW Supervised 2100' / 640m amsl, 1310' / 400m agl
Landscape 70km N of Melbourne. Inland hill N to W Advanced 1400'/425m agl, 1804'/550m asl
Mt Broughton (Thistle Hill) 95km NE of Melbourne. Inland hills SW PG: Supervised, HG: Intermediate 2100'/650m asl 1200'/ 360m agl
Mt Buffalo Near Bright, 220km NE of Melbourne. Inland mountain NE Advanced, Int HG under supervision 4527' / 1380m amsl, 975m / 3200ft agl
Mt Dandenong 30km E of Melbourne. Inland mountain WNW Advanced - HG only. 1460'/ 445m agl, 1935' / 590m amsl
Mt Donna Buang Near Warburton, 90km NE of Melbourne. Inland mountain range Light to moderate S or light N Advanced - HG only 3100' / 945m agl; 3540' / 1080m asl
Mt Elliot
  • Main launch (north-west)
  • North-east
Near Corryong, 320km NE of Melbourne. Inland mountain N, NE Intermediate 2000' / 600m agl, 2952' / 900m amsl
Mt Emu
  • Emu 1
  • Emu 2
Near Mt Beauty, 230km NE of Melbourne. Inland Mountain SW (Emu 2: NW) Intermediate 1360m / 4460' asl, 975m / 3200' agl
Mt Mittamatite Near Corryong, 320km NE of Melbourne. Inland Mountain E Intermediate 2000' / 610m agl, 2985' / 910m amsl
Mt Terrible 115km ENE of Melbourne. Inland Mountain NE Advanced 4215' / 1297m asl, 3152 ft / 970m agl
Murmungee South of Beechworth, North East Victoria. Inland ridge SSW Intermediate (but no bottom landing for HG) 1200'/ 365m agl, 2428' / 740m amsl
Myrtleford Hill Myrtleford, 210km NE of Melbourne. Inland Closed. 1988: Closed as pine plantation has obscured launch
Mystic Near Bright, 220km NE of Melbourne. Inland, Ridge, Mountain N (valley wind) Intermediate 797m / 2614' asl, 477m / 1564' agl
Tawonga Gap Near Mt Beauty, 220km NE of Melbourne. Inland mountain ridge NE Intermediate 3182' / 970m amsl, 610m / 2000ft agl
The Paps Near Mansfield, 120km NE of Melbourne. Inland hill Various launches face, N, W, E, SW, S & SE Intermediate 1060' to 1320' (320m to 400m) agl, 700m / 2300' asl (N launch)
The Pines (Buckland Ridge) Near Beechworth, 210km NE of Melbourne. Inland ridge Closed. Nov 2013: The pines site is no longer available to fly. Nearby Eagle Rise is only flyable for the local schools, closed to free flyers. Check with the locals for current status. Murmungee a few km to the east can offer an alternative.
Three Sisters (Flowerdale) Near Flowerdale, 60km NNE of Melbourne. Inland hill Light to moderate N or S Supervised (North), Intermediate (South). 750' / 230m agl, 1444' / 440m amsl
Warrigal Rocks Near Yea, 90km NE of Melbourne. Inland Closed. 1992: No suitable landing areas.
Yarragon Near Leongatha, 120km SE of Melbourne. Inland Hill N Supervised (Intermediate?) 900' / 275m agl, 1378' / 420m amsl

Victoria - West Coast

Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Barwon Heads (13th Beach) 90km SW of Melbourne, Via Geelong. Coastal dunes S-SW
Bells Beach
  • Winkipop
  • Southside
  • Jarosite
Near Torquay, 90km SW of Melbourne. Coastal Cliffs S - E Supervised. Winkipop launch: HG Advanced 100 to 250' / 30 to 75m asl
Clifton Springs 70km SW of Melbourne, via Geelong. Coastal Closed. 1999: Dune Erosion
Eumeralla (Red Rocks) Near Anglesea, 100km SW of Melbourne. Coastal Cliffs SE Advanced (Intermediate?) Not recommended for HG. 300' asl, 90m asl
Fishermans Beach Near Torquay, 90km SW of Melbourne. Coastal Closed. 1995: Dune Erosion
Flaxmans Hill Near Warrnambool, 240km SW of Melbourne. Coastal Cliffs SW Intermediate 180' / 55m asl
Grannies Grave Warrnambool, 240km SW of Melbourne. Coastal dunes S Intermediate (Supervised?) 60' / 18m asl
Johanna About 30km W of Cape Otway, 180km SW of Melbourne. Coastal Cliffs S-SSW Intermediate Saddle launch: 200'/60m asl
Levy's Point Beach Warrnambool, 240km SW of Melbourne. Coastal dunes SW
Logans Beach Warrnambool, 240km SW of Melbourne. Coastal dunes SSW-SW Intermediate 60' / 18m asl
Marriners Lookout Apollo Bay, 160km SW of Melbourne. Coastal Hill SE Supervised 750' asl, 230m asl
Mt Meuron Via Wye River, 160km SW of Melbourne. Large Coastal Hill S, SSE Intermediate 450' / 140m asl
Ocean Grove 90km SW of Melbourne, via Geelong. Coastal Dunes S-SSW Intermediate 45' / 15m asl
Portland
  • Murrells Beach
  • Murrells Beach NW
  • Bridgewater Bay
  • Discovery Bay
  • Dutton Way
  • Golf Course / Harbour Trust Road
  • Nuns Beach
  • Pipeline
  • Cape Bridgewater Seal Cliffs
  • Bishops Rock/Shelleys Beach
  • Amos Road - Whites Beach
Portland area, 320km WSW of Melbourne. Dunes & cliffs Various - all except N Various - Supervised to Advanced Various - 30' - 400' / 9m - 120m asl
Spion Kop (Fairhaven, Aireys, Moggs) Near Aireys Inlet, 130km SW of Melbourne. Coastal Hill SSW to SSE Supervised - Students prohibited 150' / 45m asl

Victoria - West Inland

Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Ben More Near Beaufort, 140km W of Melbourne. Inland Ridge SW Supervised 1000'/300m agl, 2050'/625m amsl
Ben Nevis Near Beaufort, 140km W of Melbourne. Inland Mountain W, NW Intermediate 1350' / 410m agl, 2400' / 730m amsl
Birchip Tow Paddock 280km NW of Melbourne. Flatlands All - 280'/ 85m asl
Cave Hill Near Beaufort, 140 km West of Melbourne. Inland Mountain W, WSW Experienced Intermediate - HG only 1200' / 360m agl, 3182' / 970m amsl
Colliers Gap Near Beaufort, 140 km West of Melbourne. Inland Mountain N to NE Advanced - HG only 1100' / 335m agl, 2297' / 700m amsl
Dynamic Flightpark At Trawalla, 135km W of Melbourne. Inland Ground & Aero Towing All Supervised 1312' / 400m amsl
Elmhurst Hill Near Beaufort, 140km W of Melbourne. Inland hill Closed. Temporarily closed due to landowner insurance issues which will hopefully be resolved around April 2016. Do not access this site until it has been confirmed as reopened. Check with WVHGC for current status.
Gordon
  • South launch
  • South-East launch
Near Ballarat, 100km W of Melbourne. Inland Hill S, SE Supervised (Intermediate?) 1330'/ 400m agl, 2200'/670m amsl
Grampians 220km WNW of Melbourne. Closed. Parks Victoria do not currently allow hang gliding or paragliding in the Grampians National Park due to past problems with pilots needing to be rescued from the difficult terrain. For more information see the site management plan, section 6.11. The sites around Ben Nevis, some 70km to the E, offer an alternative.
Mt Buangor Near Beaufort, 140km West of Melbourne. Inland Mountain S, SSW Advanced, HG only 1850' / 560m agl, 3182' / 970m amsl
Mt Buninyong Near Ballarat, 100km W of Melbourne. Inland hill E -ESE Advanced 600'/ 180m agl
Mt Elephant Derrinallum, 130km W of Melbourne. Inland Closed. The Mt. Elephant management committee currently does not allow any sports including hang-/paragliding.
Mt Hollowback
  • North launch
  • South launch
Near Ballarat, 100km W of Melbourne. Inland hill N and W Supervised 300'/ 90m agl, 1800' / 545m asl
Mt Langhi Ghiran Near Beaufort, 140km W of Melbourne. Inland Closed. 1997: Road Closed
Mt Lonarch Near Ballarat, 100km W of Melbourne. Inland Mountain E or light NE Intermediate with minimum Int. Glider 1350' / 410m agl, 2559' / 780m amsl
Mt Sugarloaf Near Beaufort, 140km W of Melbourne. Inland Mountain N Intermediate 1250' / 380m agl, 2300' / 700m amsl
Mt Tarrengower Near Maldon, 120km NW of Melbourne. Inland hill W-WNW HG ?; PG Advanced 250m agl, 1739' / 530m amsl
The Escarpment Near Beaufort, 140km W of Melbourne. Inland Closed. 1995: Considered too dangerous to fly.
Werribee Gorge Near Bacchus Marsh, 40km NW of Melbourne. Inland - Side of Gorge N, NE Advanced 500' / 150m above valley floor, 918' / 280m amsl