Australian National Site Guide - Geraldton and Midwest

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Western Australia - Geraldton and Midwest - 7 sites

Map of Geraldton and Midwest sites
Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
City View Near Geraldton. Table Top Hill SW-W PG2 / HG Supervised 200ft / 60m AGL
Horrocks Beach Near Geraldton. Coastal Ridge SSW-NW PG2 / HG Supervised 300ft / 90m AGL
Kalbarri North Coastal - Zuytdorp Sea Cliffs 130km N of Geraldton. Coastal Ridge SW-NW Supervised - Advanced 0 - 300ft / 90m AGL
Kalbarri South Sea Cliffs 120km N of Geraldton. Coastal Ridge SW-NW PG4 / HG Intermediate 300ft / 90m AGL
Lynton Farm 70km N of Geraldton. Coastal Ridge SW-NW PG2 / HG Supervised 300ft / 90m AGL
Mount Rennie Near Geraldton. Table Top Hill SSW to SSE PG4 / HG Intermediate 300ft / 90m AGL, 615ft / 190m ASL
Wozza's Knob Geraldton. Table Top Hill SE, NE, W PG2 / HG Supervised 200ft / 60m agl
Western Australia - Geraldton and Midwest

City View

Known as City View as it overlooks Geraldton. Good ridge soaring site close to town with easy access. Definitely NO ACCESS without clearance from the land owner via local pilots only. You MUST contact local pilots in Geraldton before heading up there to get access. If you haven't been here before, contact Cloudbase Paragliding Club or Hillflyers Club or other pilots with experience at the site. Preferably organise your first flight with a club member or local pilot who has good knowledge of this site. This site is privately owned, so is sensitive and could easily be lost. There is no problem with parking for lots of cars. No camping. Never access the property, even to just take a look, without having gained permission.

Flight

Top and bottom landings. Caution as power lines intersect the main bottom landing in front. 500ft height restriction applies. Site is within the bounds of Geraldton airport and VHF must be carried and used above 500ft. CTAF frequency is 126.8 . There is a wire gate at launch to facilitate safe launching. Caution on landing as the fence runs along the top of the hill edge. Despite proximity to the coast this is an inland site subject to thermal turbulence, and needs to be respected. XC record is over 100km to Mullewa. Westerly winds tend to occur with some instability making the site both challenging and rewarding.

Western Australia - Geraldton and Midwest

Horrocks Beach

Excellent big coastal site north of Geraldton.

Flight

Hazards/Comments

Horrocks has a ridge that runs for more than 15km north and on the right day this an excellent site, but like all ridges you have to be aware that if the direction is slightly off, you may not get back to where you started. If the wind drops you will find yourself scratching.

The beach landing is plentiful near takeoff and although very bushy in places is not short of top landing spots which beats climbing back up the ridge. The beach is accessible by 4WD from Horrocks town, a long way round, but may be useful for hanggliders if they bomb out.

Several kilometres north are some sections with no bottom landings. At the north end of the ridge is the town of Port Gregory, but in between there are no roads nearby. Good safe coastal ridge. If wind is S there can be turbulence behind the peninsula on to the left of or on the take off area, a safer launch can be found in these conditions by walking north along the cliff tops, but it would probably be better to go and fly Mt Rennie.

In a NW wind you can fly the sand dunes south of launch. The long main ridge is best in a SW wind. The ridge shape produces plenty of lift and can be soarable with as little as 6 knots of wind on take off.

Western Australia - Geraldton and Midwest

Kalbarri North Coastal - Zuytdorp Sea Cliffs

Very Long coastal site rising from Dunes to Sea Cliffs.

Flight

The start north of Kalbarri is a typical sand dune site. The ridge rises as you head north, carrying on for over 100km and becoming the Zuytdorp cliffs, sheer vertical cliffs into the ocean. Obviously the cliff section is not suitable for novices. There is very limited road access between Kalbarri and Shark Bay, expected to have to walk all the way back to Kalbarri if the wind changes. The cliffs have been flown from the north end near Useless Loop, but the launches are very committing with no bottom landing, and reputedly many sea monsters.

Accomodation: Stay in Kalbarri.

Western Australia - Geraldton and Midwest

Kalbarri South Sea Cliffs

Big coastal cliffs with no bottom landings.

Flight

Red Bluff offers some bottom landing options but still has a cliff at the final section into water. Other areas have little or no bottom landing, so must only be flown when height can be maintained for top landing. There is a small north easterly ridge at Red Bluff which is just flyable in the right wind, but with danger of going down the seacliffs if blown back.

Accomodation: Stay in Kalbarri.

Western Australia - Geraldton and Midwest

Lynton Farm

Small site just inland from Port Gregory with accomodation.

Flight

The site is inland but very close to the coast, so almost a coastal site. Large grassy takeoff and landing areas. There is a possiblity of thermal activity and associated turbulence. It is possible to fly here from Horrocks on the right day.
Western Australia - Geraldton and Midwest

Mount Rennie

Nice southerly site near town, flyable on the seabreeze. Definitely NO ACCESS without clearance from the land owner via local pilots only. You MUST contact local pilots in Geraldton before heading up there to get access. If you haven't been here before, contact Cloudbase Paragliding Club or Hillflyers Club or other pilots with experience at the site. Preferably organise your first flight with a club member or local pilot who has good knowledge of this site. This site is privately owned, so is sensitive and could easily be lost. There is no problem with parking for lots of cars. No camping. Never access the property, even to just take a look, without having gained permission. 4WD recommended for access to the top of the hill. Avoid interference with the DGPS station near launch. Keep on access tracks and avoid crops at all times.

Flight

Difficult take off for paragliders due to the shape of the hill which tends to create a very strong wind right at launch in soarable conditions. In stronger winds, suitable for hang gliding only, there is a significant rotor just back from the edge. For paragliders it is best in lighter conditions when starting well back from the edge makes the inflation easier. Bottom landing is best near the road up the hill to the NW of an old water tank site, to the right of take off. XC record is only 40km but post frontal could yield a good cross country into the farming area northward. Nice view of the "large golfballs" spy base inland and back to the city and coast if you get some height. Avoid landing in crops if possible. Toplanding not recommended except in the lightest and non-thermic conditions. Even then, why would you take the risk! Bottom landing in front has moderate downslope toward creekbed. Land cross-wind and cross-slope if necessary.

Western Australia - Geraldton and Midwest

Wozza's Knob

Good ridge soaring site near Geraldton. Definitely NO ACCESS without clearance from the land owner via local pilots only. You MUST contact local pilots in Geraldton before heading up there to get access. If you haven't been here before, contact Cloudbase Paragliding Club or Hillflyers Club or other pilots with experience at the site. Preferably organise your first flight with a club member or local pilot who has good knowledge of this site. This site is privately owned, so is sensitive and could easily be lost. There is no problem with parking for lots of cars. No camping. Never access the property, even to just take a look, without having gained permission.

Flight

Take care at these sites with the conditions. The SE site is potentially dangerous in high wind. The back of the ridge is not that far away and if you do not have enough height you will have rotor to deal with. The potential for gusty thermals is high. Be in touch with the conditions. All these sites are good for sleddies and new top landings. Land away from the GPS and Communications gear near to take-off. 500ft-height restriction applies. Site is within the bounds of Geraldton airport and VHF must be carried and used above 500ft. Ridge drops steeply behind in places - large rotor. Bottom landing with easy retrieve is available. Avoid flying in south winds. It may appear ok at launch but the air above will be rough with minimal lift.