Coastal Cliff NE
130' / 40m PG4 / HG Intermediate
Sydney's Northern Beaches. On Narrabeen Park Parade. When coming from the south, turn onto Ocean St off Pittwater Rd. Follow along until you cross Narrabeen lagoon. Turn right at the second or northern roundabout onto Narrabeen Park Parade. Parking is on the side of the road.

Landowners

Public land

Contact

Sydney Paragliding & Hang Gliding Club, SPHGC Safety Officers

Responsible

Sydney Paragliding & Hang Gliding Club
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Warriewood

A north-east facing cliff, with a lower section on the western end that is less steep and covered in coastal scrub and a higher vertical cliff face towards the ocean end. Pilots fly over the "blow hole", a sea cavern that runs though part of the headland. A popular and enjoyable site due to the height that it is possible to attain, and the 360's and other manoeuvres it allows for paragliders. Contact a club member before flying.

Takeoff

HG: Make your way down to the eastern end of the ramp before attempting to launch. Make sure your wings are flying first. Typically you will get a couple of strong steps in before leaving the ground.

PG: A small grassy park on the western section of the cliff. After launching you should always turn left towards the beach, as it is only just possible to make the glide if the lift is too light to stay up. Gain height on the lower slope and once level with the sandstone lookout, cross onto the main face. When conditions are good, pilots often cross from here to Cooks Terrace.

Landing

HG: At the northern end of the beach near the end of the road.

PG: Warriewood beach. Top landing in the clear area to the left of launch is a relatively easy, however take care in strong conditions as the bushes in front generate some turbulence. Top landing on the launch is possible but requires accurate flying. In either case do NOT fly over the road.

Flight

Lower Level Airspace at 2500'. Don't fly over the houses.

Hazards/Comments

HG: Power lines along the road between the surf club and toilet block on the beach. If you start to see "darkies" or wind gusts on the water behind Mona Vale Headland whilst in flight consider the need to land soon, this signifies that the breeze is veering to the north. Pilots making the return run from Cooks Terrace will come around the Northern end of the ridge quite low and cannot be seen from the take off.

PG: It's a long way to the beach if the wind is light. Don't cross onto the main face until your body is level with the sandstone lookout. Lower down on the face there is a often a dead zone and you may find you are not climbing, it's truly a long way back to the beach from this situation. If the wind moves to the north, the landing on Warriewood beach becomes affected by rotor from the Cooks Terrace headland. Pilots making the return run from Cooks Terrace will come around the northern end of the ridge quite low and cannot be seen from the take off.