Inland hill N to W
1400'/425m agl, 1804'/550m asl PG5 / HG Advanced
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 HGFA 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

This site is closed. April 2018: Until further notice, both West and North launches are closed. We are working toward a resolution to these matters but ask that nobody compromise the relationship any further during this time. No road access or hiking access is permitted. Please contact Neale Halsall, Stephen Norman or Anesh Narsai if you require any further information.

A mountain ridge overlooking Seymour Township with north and west facing ground ramp launches. Suitable for hang gliders and paragliders.

Takeoff

Ground ramp launches.

Landing

North landing: The main North LZ's are, 1. Directly in front of launch across the road, 2. Across the river to the North East of take off. These are a fair glide out so be aware and also familiar with the Bomb-Out option. The Bomb-Out is the sloping paddock to the left (west) of the vineyard at the end of the spine. Set up over the back left hand corner (SW corner) of the vineyard and land between the dam and shoulder. If you think you are going to over shoot, an option would be to turn up the spine and land up hill, possibly light tail wind.

West landing: The main West LZ is across the road from the West take-off (on the north side of the road). It is not hard to reach, unless you are low. This is a long flat paddock 'between the river and the road', (across the road to the right of the homestead). This paddock now has groups of saplings (surrounded by circular bared wire fences) planted within it, and may have horses (pony's). Landings are still possible but judgement and correct technique is required. The Bomb-Out (this should only be used for Emergencies) is to the right of the homestead, there is a dam in a gully, set up over it and land across the gully, or on to the uphill slope (be careful as this will be across the slope).

Top landings: 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).