Coastal Hill SE
750' asl, 230m asl PG2 / HG Supervised
Apollo Bay, 160km SW of Melbourne. Melways Map 101, C5. Travelling down the coast from Anglesea, 2 km outside of Apollo Bay, turn right at the signpost to Marriners Lookout and follow the road up the hill. At the end, park your car in the carpark, go through the gate (closing it after you) and follow the track about 350m uphill to its end.

Landowners

The present landowner requires a $7/day launch fee, payable to the trustees Bev and Neil, at the house next to car park. You must have a membership card and be appropriately rated. You will also have to sign a waiver form. Please be considerate to the public in car park and remember you are setting up on private land. Just park at the car park at the top of the road and walk up to the house. If no-one is home just fill out one of the forms in the box next to the door and leave your $7 with your form. If you don't end up flying you can get your money back. If someone is home, be nice to them, we depend on their goodwill to fly there.

Contact

Dynasoarers, Bruce Atkinson (0409 946 232), Rob van der Klooster (0408 335 559), Peter Hannah (0422 148 545), Jan Bennewitz (0423 139 923)

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Marriners Lookout

Large grassy coastal hill range. Good views, good thermals and the option of cross flights along the coast to the east.

Takeoff

Cut grassy smooth ground ramp, lots of set up area. See the fees payable under 'Landowners'.

Landing

Landing on the beach or in the paddocks below should cause no problems but beware of powerlines, fences and gullies. There are also power lines in amongst the pine trees just before the beach.

It is possible to land on top in the right conditions, on launch or right at the top of the hill, some 150' above launch.

Flight

A SE wind generally grades in strength as you go west along the coast from Port Phillip Bay, and Apollo Bay is the end of the line. The Cape Otway BOM readings can be quite different to the conditions at Marriners. On the plus side, you don't need much wind to stay up, and the site can produce beautiful thermals on the face and from the flatlands and township out front.

Hazards/Comments

Beware of powerlines, fences and gullies, and of snakes on the pathway.