Index of Closed Sites

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Australian Capital Territory - Canberra and NSW surrounds

Name Location Type Closed
Lake George (Geary's Gap) About 30 minutes north of Canberra on the road to Sydney. Inland Ridge PILOT NOTIFICATION RE TEMPORARY SITE CLOSURE – DECEMBER 2015: Please be advised that launching or landing on the escarpment from Geary's site at Lake George is not to be used until further notice. Yass Valley Council have formally advised the ACTHPA that paragliding and hang gliding operations are not to be conducted from that site until such time as the necessary permissions have been established. This does not affect operations from the South launch and activities can continue as usual from this launch. The ACTHPA Committee have been working with the Yass Council and we will respond accordingly. Significant updates that change the status of flying operations will be provided as they come to hand, and regular updates on progress will be reported at club meetings. I am seeking your understanding and support by not flying at this site at this time, so as to not compound and complicate the matter further. To assist the committee in maintaining the site, one of the factors is to demonstrate how long we have been flying at the site by providing evidence. Anyone that has evidence of us Hang Gliding before 1970 can you please approach the ACTHPA committee with details? Thank you. Please note: there is no camping allowed on the lake bed.

Please refer to http://www.acthpa.org for current status of this site.

Queensland - Sunshine Coast

Name Location Type Closed
Sunrise Beach This site is closed until further notice. The SCSA club and Noosa Council are renegotiating the access permit. Do not attempt to access or fly here. Disciplinary action will be taken for non-compliance. Contact SCSA for current status.

South Australia

Name Location Type Closed
Myponga Cliffs 5km south of Sellicks beach, 50 km south of Adelaide. Coastal ridge / cliff Closed due to legal access issues. Do not attempt to access or fly here. Contact SAHGPA for current status.

Victoria - East Coast

Name Location Type Closed
Arthurs Seat Near Dromana, Mornington Penisula, 50km S of Melbourne. Large Coastal Hill This site is currently prohibited by Parks Victoria.
Craigie Rd, Mt Martha 50km S of Melbourne. Coastal Cliff [July 2015] Until further notice can we ask all members not to fly at Craigie Rd. The local council is concerned about the possibility of land slippage. Discussions are underway to hopefully rectify this situation.
Mentone 20km S of Melbourne. Coastal

Within controlled airspace around Moorabbin airport. As per Section 4.7 (e), Section 6.5.10 and Section 6.5.11 of the HGFA Operations Manual, flying within 16 km of a controlled aerodrome or below 3000 feet within 8 km of an aerodrome with regular public transport services is prohibited. This is regardless of whether flights are below 300 feet or greater than 25 metres from roads or buildings.

In 2010, the VHPA applied for an exemption for this site. CASA declined, stating: "The area surrounding Red Bluff and Mentone is one of high traffic density with both fixed wing and helicopter traffic transiting, often at 500 to 600 feet, as well as being in close proximity to final approach of the NDB A approach. Given these circumstances and the potential impact on the safety of other airspace users CASA cannot approve the establishment of hang gliding and paragliding operations at these locations, even with the controls proposed in your application."

Red Bluff In suburb of Black Rock, 20km S of Melbourne. Coastal

Within controlled airspace around Moorabbin airport. As per Section 4.7 (e), Section 6.5.10 and Section 6.5.11 of the HGFA Operations Manual, flying within 16 km of a controlled aerodrome or below 3000 feet within 8 km of an aerodrome with regular public transport services is prohibited. This is regardless of whether flights are below 300 feet or greater than 25 metres from roads or buildings.

In 2010, the VHPA applied for an exemption for this site. CASA declined, stating: "The area surrounding Red Bluff and Mentone is one of high traffic density with both fixed wing and helicopter traffic transiting, often at 500 to 600 feet, as well as being in close proximity to final approach of the NDB A approach. Given these circumstances and the potential impact on the safety of other airspace users CASA cannot approve the establishment of hang gliding and paragliding operations at these locations, even with the controls proposed in your application."

Sunnyside Near Mornington, 50km S of Melbourne. Coastal Cliff Since March 2016: Temporarily closed whilst development works take place on the golf course and other launch options are being considered.

Victoria - East Inland

Name Location Type Closed
The Pines (Buckland Ridge) Near Beechworth, 210km NE of Melbourne. Inland ridge Nov 2013: The pines site is no longer available to fly. Nearby Eagle Rise is only flyable for the local schools, closed to free flyers. Check with the locals for current status. Murmungee a few km to the east can offer an alternative.
Warrigal Rocks Near Yea, 90km NE of Melbourne. Inland 1992: No suitable landing areas.

Victoria - West Coast

Name Location Type Closed
Clifton Springs 70km SW of Melbourne, via Geelong. Coastal 1999: Dune Erosion
Eumeralla (Red Rocks) Near Anglesea, 100km SW of Melbourne. Coastal Cliffs This site is not on the current Parks Victorian Licence.
Fishermans Beach Near Torquay, 90km SW of Melbourne. Coastal 1995: Dune Erosion

Victoria - West Inland

Name Location Type Closed
Dynamic Flightpark At Trawalla, 135km W of Melbourne. Inland Ground & Aero Towing The flightpark was sold and closed in 2016. Rohan's school remains open.
Elmhurst Hill Near Beaufort, 140km W of Melbourne. Inland hill Closed due to landowner insurance issues. Do not access this site. Check with WVHGC for current status.
Grampians 220km WNW of Melbourne. Parks Victoria do not currently allow hang gliding or paragliding in the Grampians National Park due to past problems with pilots needing to be rescued from the difficult terrain. For more information see the Parks Vic management plan, section 6.11. The sites around Ben Nevis, some 70km to the E, offer an alternative.
Mt Elephant Derrinallum, 130km W of Melbourne. Inland The Mt. Elephant management committee currently does not allow any sports including hang-/paragliding.
Mt Langhi Ghiran Near Beaufort, 140km W of Melbourne. Inland 1997: Road Closed
The Escarpment Near Beaufort, 140km W of Melbourne. Inland 1995: Considered too dangerous to fly.

Western Australia - Esperance

Name Location Type Closed
Frenchman's Peak 30km East of Esperance. Inland Hill Spectacular walkup site in Cape Le Grand National Park. Flying in Cape Le Grande National is not currently permitted in the National Park Management Plan. If you wish to fly here contact HGAWA to see how National Parks can be approached to request flying permission.

Western Australia - Margaret River and Southwest

Name Location Type Closed
Dalyellup 150km south of Perth. Coastal Ridge January 2011: On hold - Do not fly. We're hoping that we may be able to reopen it soon.

Western Australia - Perth Region

Name Location Type Closed
Mosman Park Perth. Sheer Cliff Currently closed.

Western Australia - Wheatbelt

Name Location Type Closed
Masters 70km northeast of Perth. Inland Ridge Contact Cloudbase Paragliding Club or the Hill Flyers Club to check on the current access arrangements. This site is privately owned, and the current owners have not granted permission for pilots to enter or fly from their land.
Mt Nardie, Toodyay 70km northeast of Perth. Inland Ridge At the time of writing 1 May 2004 access to this site is closed. Contact Cloudbase Paragliding Club or the Hill Flyers Club to check on the current access arrangements. If you wish to contact the owner please go through the club.
Noondeening Hill 70km northeast of Perth. Inland Ridge Contact Cloudbase Paragliding Club or the Hill Flyers Club to check on the current access arrangements. This site is privately owned, and the current owners have not granted permission for pilots to enter or fly from their land.
The Range, Toodyay 70km northeast of Perth. Inland Ridge Due to change of ownership from 30 June 2007 the previous arrangement for permission to use this site has lapsed. The new owner has requested no-one enter the property. HGAWA representatives will be meeting with the new owners to try to get permission to use the site for flying again. In the meantime no-one is to enter the site. Please spread the word to pilots who may not be aware of this, to ensure no-one inadvertently enters the site without permission. This web page will be updated as soon as the status changes. Check with the HGAWA (Rick Williams) or your club if you want to check on the current status.
Whitfield Hill (Wicklow) 70km northeast of Perth. Inland Ridge May 2003: This site is closed to hang gliding and paragliding until further notice as a result of change of ownership. Please do not tresspass on this private property. Contact Cloudbase Paragliding Club or the Hill Flyers Club, to check on the current access arrangements. This site is privately owned, and the current owner have not granted permission for pilots to enter or fly from their land.