Inland hill N to W
1400'/425m agl, 1804'/550m asl HG Advanced - no PG due to lack of landings
70km N of Melbourne. Near Seymour. (VICROADS 61 D3)
Launch: Access is from Ennis Rd (61 C4) via the Hume Hwy, or Fairview Rd (61 E4) via King Parrot Creek Rd. These two roads join, follow then turn north into West Falls Rd (61 D4), drive until you reach the Big Green Gate. Access through the LOCKED GATE is now on PRIVATE PROPERTY. Ring Neale Halsall (0412 506 134, you will need your SAFA number) for the lock's combination. The combination may change from time to time. The gate is some times awkward to lock due to lockbox, be sure it is locked as there are cattle and horses that roam within. Continue to the launches staying on the existing tracks (that may be quite rocky & rutted).

Landowners

Private
As mentioned above the takeoffs for this site are on PRIVATE PROPERTY and access is through a LOCKED GATE. The landowner does NOT want pilots to contact him, all information and correspondence should be made through the responsible club.

Contact/Responsible

Skyhigh, MHGC
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Landscape

A mountain ridge overlooking Seymour Township with north and west facing ground ramp launches. Currently suitable for hang gliders only as there are no PG landing areas.

As per landowner agreement:

  • No more than 8 pilots at any time
  • No more than 10 cars (minimise cars and carpool from LZ)
  • Flying in winter discouraged (due to wet, soft track, but it's a thermal site anyway)
  • Only use designated access path per description UNLESS emergency
  • No dogs allowed
  • SAFA members only

Takeoff

Ground ramp launches.

Landing

The only available bombout is north accross the river (not in safe gliding distance for PG). This is a fair glide out so be aware and also familiar with the bomb-out option.

Top landings (possible but not recommended) are available behind the tower near the north launch, and in the valley behind the west launch. The following is strictly a guide, pilots must appreciate that turbulence increases expediential as the wind strength increases. 18 knots is said to be the limit. There will be a band of rotor to go through at about 130ft above, this should subside at about 80ft to 70ft, but be careful & ready. From the air you must access the current conditions and choose the sweet spot. If uncertain take the less convenient but conservative (SAFE) option and choose one of the bottom landing areas.

Hazards/Comments

A single wire power line runs from the tower (to the east of the North launch) down the spur and across the river. It has marker balls on it but can still be difficult to see.

If travelling south toward Melbourne, DO NOT infringe on controlled airspace. Controlled airspace is at C LL 8500 over launch and drops to C LL 4500 at Broadford less than 10km south.

Guidelines:

The club recommends that the site is only suitable to "Advanced" rated pilots, or suitably experienced "Intermediate" rated pilots with:

  • Suitable Mountain XC experience.
  • The judgment & skills to fly appropriately (read safely).
  • Supervised (onsite) by an "Advanced" rated pilot with current local experience.

The site has limited (approved) landing zones which may not always have guaranteed glides to. For this reason it is only suitable to mountain XC experienced pilots, that have the judgment & skills to fly appropriately (read safely).