Australian National Site Guide - North-West

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Western Australia - North-West - 6 sites

Map of North-West sites
Area Sites
Gascoyne 1
Kimberley 3
Pilbara 2

Western Australia - North-West - Gascoyne - 1 site

Map of Gascoyne sites
Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Cape Couvier Gascoyne region, about 500km north of Perth. Coastal Ridge W-NW PG2 / HG Supervised 300ft / 90m
Western Australia - North-West - Gascoyne

Cape Couvier

Big coastal site overlooking the wreck of the Korean Star. No beach, but top and bottom landings are possible.

Western Australia - North-West - Kimberley - 3 sites

Map of Kimberley sites
Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Bastion Kimberley, 450km SW of Darwin. Big Hill SW-NW, NW-NE PG2 / HG Supervised 1100ft / 330m
Mt Harrison Kimberley, 450km SW of Darwin. Inland Ridge NW-NE PG2 / HG Supervised 800ft / 250m
Wyndham Towing Kimberley, 450km SW of Darwin. Tow All PG2 / HG Supervised 4km long tow strip
Western Australia - North-West - Kimberley

Bastion

One of the worlds most spectacular landscapes, well endowed with hills and sunshine, and spectacular scenery. A bit of a wilderness too, so be prepared. Most of this info is from John Peircey who lives up there, give him a call if you are up that way.

Takeoff

Sunset/West Launch
(SW-NW) 1100ft. Launch at the west site a little tight for PGs - a cement ramp for the stiffies tends to catch the outer set of lines but fine if helper handy. Great thermal site from a house thermal out over the small houses/cemetery to the left of launch. Good height gains from August onwards 5000ft+. Landing is right in front of launch on HUGE salt flats - watch for power lines that run along road visible from launch and darker areas of salt flat may be a bit squishy. Plus one special area to avoid is the crocodile farm at the base: LOTS of unfriendly snapping handbags. Fantastic place to watch sunset from!
North Launch
(NW-NE)

900ft. As for Bastion Sunset Launch above, then from the car park take a walking track to the right of the west launch about 150m was an old 4wd track for the stiffies but eroded at the start follow to the end car turnaround approx 200m little rocky but a lot better launch than Sunset launch.

Good on the afternoon sea breeze 8-10kts. Ridge extends 6km to the east. Great if the wind is spot on north. Safe to be blown back if the wind picks up by running off the west end and landing on the clear salt flats. Also a smaller landing in a old tip in front of launch - good if scratching. Also two smaller hills to the left of Sunset launch work in the northly, the last one being only 200m from a ice cold beer!

Western Australia - North-West - Kimberley

Mt Harrison

One of the worlds most spectacular landscapes, well endowed with hills and sunshine, and spectacular scenery. A bit of a wilderness too, so be prepared. Most of this info is from John Peircey who lives up there, give him a call if you are up that way.

Flight

Nice launch for both stiffies and floppys with landing area to the right over the road slight down hill gradient. This being a inland site and temperatures in the 30+ region this can get a little rough. But a fantastic place to get high and cold!
Western Australia - North-West - Kimberley

Wyndham Towing

One of the worlds most spectacular landscapes, well endowed with hills and sunshine, and spectacular scenery. A bit of a wilderness too, so be prepared. Most of this info is from John Peircey who lives up there, give him a call if you are up that way.

Flight

Fairly close to airport but not a lot of traffic - keep a ear out! Prevailing wind March to August SE-NE and September to February SW-N. Can get a little wet between December and March and temps nearly always above 30.

Western Australia - North-West - Pilbara - 2 sites

Map of Pilbara sites
Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Mount Nameless Pilbara region, about 1500km north of Perth. Mountain All Lots
Table Mountain Pilbara region, about 1500km north of Perth. Table Top Hill All PG2 / HG Supervised Big
Western Australia - North-West - Pilbara

Mount Nameless

Big hill in the Hamersly Range.

Takeoff

Somewhat difficult launch.

Flight

The Pilbara features the Hamersley ranges, including Western Australia's highest point Mt Meharry. Some very good possibilities for flying, the few pilots living in the region report huge thermals and cloudbases over 16000 feet on the best days. Great potential!

Western Australia - North-West - Pilbara

Table Mountain

Impressive site near Karratha, which will take any wind direction.

Flight

The Pilbara features the Hamersley ranges, including Western Australia's highest point Mt Meharry. Some very good possibilities for flying, the few pilots living in the region report huge thermals and cloudbases over 16000 feet on the best days. Great potential!