Australian National Site Guide - Tasmania

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Tasmania - 9 sites

Map of Tasmania sites
Area Sites
North-West 4
South East 5

Tasmania - North-West - 4 sites

Map of North-West sites
Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Don Heads NW Tasmania, outside Devonport. Coastal N, NE, NW PG2/HG Supervised 100' / 30m
Fossil Bluff At Wynyard and close to Table Cape. Coastal E-NE
Rocky Cape An hour west of Burnie. Coastal NE, W 500ft / 150m
Round Hill Situated on the outskirts of Burnie N,NNW 650', 200m
Tasmania - North-West

Don Heads

For your first flights at this site, you must contact THPA local pilots for site protocols.

Relatively high grassy coastal soaring site with easy top landing.

Restrictions:Contact and permission from the owners must be made before entering.

Takeoff

Launching is relatively easy on the gently rounded grassy hill.

Landing

Top landing is the norm, the beaches are small (non existent at high tide) and very rocky in places.

Hazards/Comments

Avoid the Macrocarpa trees on the Western hill launch. The site is located within 10Nm of Devonport CTAF, 126.9
Tasmania - North-West

Fossil Bluff

Fossil Bluff is a 300' hill line facing East through to North East and adjoins to base of Table Cape on the Western end.
Restrictions: Fossil Bluff is within 10Nm of Wynyard CTAF 126.9 . Contact via airband must be made with Wynyard Tower prior to launch. Flight ops at this site can impact commercial traffic and are in tower view. Disciplinary action will be taken against pilots not complying. Contact THPA for protocols before your first flights here.

Takeoff

It is a steady climb to the main launch but on a good day you can pick your spot along the face and launch from there.

Landing

Directly in front of the car park or anywhere on the beach.
Tasmania - North-West

Rocky Cape

A coastal site boasting some pretty fantastic views. Standing around 500'+ asl facing North East. You can also fly the western side of the range. It is fairly similar to the Eastern side but with many more bomb out options.

Tasmania - North-West

Round Hill

For your first flights at this site, you must contact THPA local pilots for site protocols.

It has proved to be an excellent launch with so many variations of wind strengths being flown for both paragliders and hangies. 5 through to 13 knots for paragliders is typical for the hill. Easy access and retrieval. A bit awkward setting up a hang glider, there's not a lot of room. Mainly a sea breeze or synoptic site, but every now and again nice thermals have been cored up to 2000'.

Restrictions: All visiting pilots who fly Round Hill must contact locals Richard Long or Dave Lutrell of the THPA before attempting to fly here. It is an important part of the agreement with the local council that THPA must keep a log on the number of launches made from Round Hill.

Landing

Landing options available are the beach just west of launch, the local football oval about 2km west or a beach 3km east of launch.

Tasmania - South East - 5 sites

Map of South East sites
Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Black 1 hour out of Hobart heading NW on the Lyell Highway. HG Supervised, PG2
Eaglehawk Neck Between the Forestier Peninsula and the Tasman Peninsula on Tasmania's South East. Coastal Soaring
Jews SE Tasmania, north of Hobart (head east from Brighton). SW and N-NW PG2 / HG Supervised 980' / 300m
Tunbridge Tier 85km N of Hobart. Inland thermal site, treed slot launch E, NE PG5 / HG Advanced 700' / 210m agl, 2,870' / 877m asl
Winton North of Hobart (turn at Brighton to head west) Inland S-SE PG2 / HG Supervised 656' ft / 200m ASL
Tasmania - South East

Black

For your first flights at this site, you must contact THPA local pilots for site protocols.

Restrictions:The owner MUST be notified before use of this site.

Takeoff

The very clear launch covers W to NW on a 928' ridge.

Landing

Clear open grassy paddocks everywhere for landing or bombing out, depending on what your plans are.

Flight

Black is located under Hobart Class D LL 3500.
Tasmania - South East

Eaglehawk Neck

Coastal soaring at its best. Takes an Easterly or seabreeze and offers soaring above white sands and blue seas with the odd wedge-tailed eagle for company. A good launch for both paragliders and hang gliders with the condition that a Parks and Wildlife pass be purchased to enter the National Park.

Tasmania - South East

Jews

For your first flights at this site, you must contact THPA local pilots for site protocols

Thermal soaring with a ceiling due to the airspace steps for the Hobart airport. The launch sits under Class D LL 2500. For currency, check Airservices Australia website/publications/AIP/AIP charts/Hobart VNC.

This site provides some good flying times through the winter months. The 980' NNE through to NW launch has provided some good ridge soaring flights. There is a SW launch but this is better suited for pilots with good launching and soaring skills. Through the summer months the northerly launches are excellent for thermic flying. Gaining access to the launches is no problem.

Takeoff

Once you have arrived at launch, do not cross any fences. If you cross a fence (eg to launch into the nice looking sunny bowl) you are trespassing on land that THPA and all pilots have been asked to keep off (it's a different land-owner).

Landing

If you fly the NW face make sure you land in the paddock that you drove through to access the launch. If you cross the fence and land in the paddock to the right (to the NE, ie under the sunny bowl), you are again trespassing on land that THPA and all pilots have been asked to stay off.
Tasmania - South East

Tunbridge Tier

The site works well in light thermic conditions with thermals starting to rise by 11:00 and really pumping by 13:00 (summertime). If the inversion is below 1300m then the flying can be quite frustrating with the edge of the tiers acting as a frustrating, scary place to play, leading you into a hunt across the flatlands for thermals.

Flight

Thermic flying only. Beware of winds crossing this site up. Fully assess all the telltales strewn around the site and ensure that the air you are going to depart in is reasonably square up the face. Because of the topography of the Island this happens more than you would think.

The camp site at interlaken is a great place to spend the night prior to flying.

Tasmania - South East

Winton

For your first flights at this site, you must contact THPA local pilots for site protocols.

Winton has a low level airspace limit, refer latest Airservices Hobart VNC and confirm Class D LL 3500.

A popular and friendly HG & PG site featuring a lovely five kilometre long rounded ridge that spans E-W, but with a seabreeze limited window of opportunity to fly. Great for seabreeze soaring and early afternoon pre seabreeze cross countries in light synoptic Southerlies.

Ideal wind direction is: S through to SE. Will take ESE or SSW, however will be somewhat crossed.

Excellent for building up air time through summer due to its reliability with sea breezes. Top-landable if weather conditions allow.

The launch is on privately owned land and to keep good relations, permission must be sought from the THPA before accessing the site. Site fees may apply.

Please note that due to landholder restrictions, the site is closed during winter until daylight savings recommences. It is also shut on Christmas eve and Christmas day.

Note that these and other established restrictions may vary, so ensure you regularly liaise with the THPA club contact for the latest site information. Please be mindful that on approach to the site you are in full view of the property owners, so please behave accordingly.

Winton is a valuable and cherished local flying site. Your cooperation in preserving site access and maintaining good relations with the property owners is greatly appreciated.

Winton is the summer soaring site, and has a good track record for thermals and records.

Early and late season the sea breeze can come in later and light allowing hours of floating conditions with thermic cycles coming through.

Mid summer the see breeze can rip in making it very rapidly unflyable for paragliders and only marginally flyable for very brave hangliders. On these days there is a fair chance the breeze will stay strong well into the evening.

A good difference in temperature between Hobart city (warmer) and Mt Wellington (colder) often indicates good thermic flying conditions in southern Tas, if all the other variables are in your favour. For paragliders, the very best thermalling and cross country flying comes on days when it is just too light to ridge-soar, but with the breeze still blowing gently towards the hill, triggering and guiding the thermals to you.

Weather Observations and Forecasts
Weather station

Droughty Hill Point: This station is a good indicator of the likely sea breeze direction at Winton. South through to SE is perfect for Winton. SSW or ESE means it is likely to be somewhat crossed at Winton.

Iron Pot: is a very small rocky island off South Arm at the entrance to the River Derwent. On this rock happens to be a weather station. Check here for current info, or if out and about, SMS the letters WN to 0428 376 538 and shortly afterwards, the station will SMS you back with a mass of data, including wind direction and strength. Because this station is at sea level and further downriver than the station at Droughty Point, it will give the earliest indication that a seabreeze is heading inland.

Hobart city, Hobart Airport & Mt Wellington: S to SE at both Hobart and the airport is good for Winton, but if at the same time Droughty Pt reads close to ESE, it may be crossed at Winton.

The sea-breeze can sometimes take an hour or so to arrive at Winton after it reaches the city; but usually a fair bit more, as it has to push under any breeze that is coming from the other direction.

Takeoff

Faces E-SE.

Landing

Top landings are possible on the ridge if weather conditions allow.

The site has two lovely paddocks for landing in front of launch. Landing Field One (LF1) is ESE directly below the hill (north of the river). Landing Field Two (LF2) is SE, in the larger paddock over the river.

During the flying season wind socks are normally erected in both paddocks. Check to see if these are in place en-route to launch.

Note, many paragliders have been caught out by low-level compression making attaining the more southerly landing paddock (LF2) difficult. In this circumstance avoid the potential danger of being cheese-wired on the adjacent fences.

If the wind suddenly drops whilst ridge soaring there are a number of bomb-out paddocks in front of the ridge.