Australian National Site Guide - Australian Capital Territory - Canberra and NSW surrounds

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Australian Capital Territory - Canberra and NSW surrounds - 6 sites

Map of Australian Capital Territory - Canberra and NSW surrounds sites
Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Honeysuckle
Lake George (Collector) About 40 minutes north of Canberra on the road to Sydney. Inland Ridge E PG2 / HG Supervised 3000ft/910m asl, 730ft/220m agl
Lake George (South Launch) About 30 minutes north of Canberra on the road to Sydney. Inland Ridge E PG2 / HG Supervised 2400ft / 730m ASL, 180ft / 56m AGL
Lanyon About 20 minutes south of Canberra just past Tuggeranong. Inland Hill W PG2 / HG Supervised 900m ASL, 250m AGL
Pig Hill About 20 minutes east of Canberra just past Uriara. Inland Hill N, E PG4 / HG Intermediate 950m / 3100' ASL, 350m / 1150' AGL
Spring Hill About 20 minutes north of Canberra on the road to Yass. Inland Hill SW-NW PG4 / HG Intermediate 870m (2850') ASL, 200m (650') AGL
Australian Capital Territory - Canberra and NSW surrounds

Honeysuckle

The Honeysuckle site at Tumut provides launches for both paragliders and hang gliders. A dedicated ramp has been built for hang gliders.

Use of the site and granting of the permit by the Forestry Commission (FC) is conditional on the development of a Site Safety Plan and adherence to a number of Activity Conditions. These documents are linked to this page and you should familiarise yourself with the requirements of these documents and be prepared to abide by them before flying at Honeysuckle.

Importantly:

  • Do not drive off the marked roads or tracks
  • No smoking on launch or landing
  • The permit does not cover events and any planned events will require additional approval from FC

Before flying at Honeysuckle, ensure you have reviewed the risk and activity rules agreed with the Forestry Corporation here - Forestry Permit Activity Conditions and Site Safety Plan. It is a requirement of flying at Honeysuckle that you agree to abide by these conditions.

Please check ACTHPA guide for recent changes.

Landing

The landing zone is private property and the landowner requests we stay on marked tracks only. Do not drive through paddocks. Normal farm etiquette applies, please leave open gates open, and closed gates closed.
Australian Capital Territory - Canberra and NSW surrounds

Lake George (Collector)

Lake George is an excellent inland soaring site. The collector launch is at the northern end of the ridge. If the conditions are a little more thermic this launch is a bit better than Geary's Gap as you have more height.

Weather station: http://www.freeflightwx.com/acthpa/

Article: Flying Canberra

Please check ACTHPA guide for recent changes.

Takeoff

Launch is accessible by 2WD.

If it is your first time at the site, please find a duty pilot, safety officer or contact the club to have a site briefing prior to flying. the following link is some information you should be familiar with regarding the site: Collector.pdf

Landing

Immediatly in front of takeoff or anywhere on the lake. Please click on the Google Maps Link for rough directions to the LZ. The usual process for pilots to get to the launch is to meet at the LZ, and then car pool to the Launch site which is at this Google Maps Link. The drive is about 25min each way with a mix of bitumen and gravel roads.

Hazards/Comments

Airspace is low due to the close proximity of Canberra Airport. You can have a look at the different layers on XC Planner or just click on the image below to give you an idea of the airspace restrictions. Also watch out for powerlines.

Collector Airspace

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Australian Capital Territory - Canberra and NSW surrounds

Lake George (South Launch)

Lake George is an excellent inland soaring site.

The primary site used is known as the South launch. It is just to the south of Geary's Gap where the highway heads down to the lake.

Pilots can either land on top of the escarpment on launch or use anywhere on the lake bed. If you require access to the lake bed please contact someone from the club committee for a key to the gates indicated on the map. Please click on this Google Map Link for directions to Weereewa Lookout carpark.

Weather station: http://www.freeflightwx.com/acthpa/

Article: Flying Canberra

Please check ACTHPA guide for recent changes.

Our secondary launch, Geary's Gap, is currently closed. It is a short 2 minute drive turning off the Barton Hwy onto Harlow Drv, the second right onto Ridge Rd and then as you go through the gate the site is on your right on the escarpment. See the ACTHPA site for current status. At no point should anyone fly over the house or land over the fence adjacent to this launch.

Takeoff

Access is from Weereewa Lookout carpark. The launch is a small hike up the hill from the eastern side of the carpark near the fence. The path will take you through a small gate (please keep it closed) and onto the ridge. A picture is attached below that gives you an idea of the layout of the land.

Mud map of the Lake George area.

Landing

Anywhere on the lake.

Hazards/Comments

There is a grumpy mature wedgy that you will find just north of the first vehicle rest stop on the highway. She will attack paragliders but not hang gliders. There are some juvenile eagles just south of the south launch in the gully. One is mildly aggressive and will make passes at both hang gliders and paragliders but as yet not made contact. There are a pair further south down at Smiths gap over the power lines that will have a go at hang gliders but not paragliders.

If it is your first time at the site, please find a duty pilot, safety officer or contact the club to have a site briefing prior to flying. The following link is some information you should be familiar with regarding the South Launch site: Lake George - South.pdf.

Airspace is quite low due to the close proximity of Canberra Airport. You can have a look at the different layers on XC Planner or just click on the image below to give you an idea of the airspace restrictions.

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Lanyon

Generally takes a west. If the day is too hot then the northerly valley breeze at Lanyon may make it unflyable. This site in strong winds can give strong wave lift off the Brindabella's and as such can push you through airspace really quickly. If Spring Hill is blown out please don't go flying Lanyon. Please click on the Google Maps Link for directions to the LZ.

Article: Flying Canberra

Please check ACTHPA guide for recent changes.

Takeoff

Nice and clear near the top of the hill.

At this site people can either hike up the face or follow the road as indicated below. The drive to the top is about 10 minutes and access is through two locked gates, if you require keys please contact the club.

If you could also refrain from using the dirt road behind the houses from the water tower to the LZ. People walk their dogs and vehicles kick up dust that always results in complaints made by locals to the Park Ranger and ultimately to the club.

If it is your first time at the site, please find a duty pilot, safety officer or contact the club to have a site briefing prior to flying. The following link is some information you should be familiar with regarding the site: Lanyon.pdf

Landing

Landing options are pretty good for a paraglider; for a hang-glider you will need to glide out to some of the flatter, clearer landing areas.

Hazards/Comments

Airspace is low due to the close proximity of Canberra Airport. You can have a look at the different layers on XC Planner or just click on the image below to give you an idea of the airspace restrictions.

Lanyon Airspace

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Pig Hill

Pig Hill is an excellent thermal site when conditions are easterly. Weather station: http://www.freeflightwx.com/acthpa/

Article: Flying Canberra

Please check ACTHPA guide for recent changes.

Takeoff

The launch is a good 20-30 minutes up the hill and requires a 4x4 for access. It is usual for pilots to meet at the LZ, then car pool to launch. The track leads up the east spur of the ridge from the landing paddock, first along Mountain Creek Road, turning off through the gate opposite the house onto Doctors Flat Road for 4km, make a right turn onto Pig Hill Summit Road and launch is 1.5km further on. There is a map below that provides direction. Please click on this Google Map Link for directions to the LZ.

Please remember to close all gates that you have opened on the way. If you intend on a Hike & Fly, please use the same road highlighted for vehicles. Hiking straight up the face of the hill is not permitted as per the landowner's wishes!

Landing

The primarly landing is on the far side of the road.

To the north of Pig the new house has requested we do not land at this property. Warning: do not land here. This Google Maps link will show you where it is located. Also marked in red, north of launch, on the map below.

Flight

XC and flights are common. Glasses off nicely in the afternoon.

Hazards/Comments

If it is your first time at the site, please find a duty pilot, safety officer or contact the club to have a site briefing prior to flying. The following link is some information you should be familiar with regarding the site: Pig Hill.pdf

Airspace is lowish due to the proximity of Canberra Airport. You can have a look at the different layers on XC Planner or just click on the image below to give you an idea of the airspace restrictions.

There is a no flying zone at Pig Hill below launch altitude, marked in red just south of the landing on the map, and on this map.

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Spring Hill

Spring Hill is the primary site for the Canberra region. It takes SW to NW winds. When the wind talker is in the range 16 - 28 km/hr you can easily soar the ridge. At other times it is often a thermal soaring site. If the wind talker is gusting greather than 25km/hr for supervised PG pilots or 40 km/hr for supervised HG pilots then conditions are likely too strong to fly.

Weather station: http://www.freeflightwx.com/acthpa/

Article: Flying Canberra

Please check ACTHPA guide for recent changes.

If it is your first time at the site, please find a duty pilot, safety officer or contact the club to have a site briefing prior to flying. The following link is some information you should be familiar with regarding the site: Spring Hill.pdf

Restrictions: This beautiful site is on private property. There is an honesty box located in a post on the right just after the dam. It is $10 a day for use of the site, or for a year's access you can leave $250 with Phil, or alternatively donate a day's labour assisting Phil on the property. Prior contact needs to be made with Phil Robinson on 0419 030 016 or Twitter: @SpringHillPhil before flying at Spring Hill.

Takeoff

Only 4x4 vehicles have permission to use the site, i.e. not wrx's and skylines etc, so please leave all other vehicle at the carpark in the LZ. It's a 25-30 minute walk to the top, or maybe you can carpool or catch a lift with someone driving up. Club protocol is to offer the driver $5 per lift up the hill to cover fuel and vehicle wear and tear. It is at the vehicle owner's discretion as to whether they accept payment.

The launch is accessible by a 4WD road that leads up the east spur of the ridge from the landing paddock.

Landing

The primarly landing is in the paddock to the right of the dirt road that leads up to launch.

Flight

XC and ridge soaring flights are common.

Hazards/Comments

Airspace is quite low due to the close proximity of Canberra Airport. You can have a look at the different layers on XC Planner or just click on the image below to give you an idea of the airspace restrictions.

Airspace around Spring Hill

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