Australian National Site Guide - Albany and South Coast

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Western Australia - Albany and South Coast - 10 sites

Map of Albany and South Coast sites
Name Location Type Conditions Rating Height
Back Beach Near Albany. Coastal Cliff SW PG2 / HG Supervised 120m
Lowlands Beach Near Albany. Low Coastal Ridge E, SE PG2 / HG Supervised 0 - 30m
Muttonbird Beach Near Albany. Low Coastal Ridge S-SW PG2 / HG Supervised 0 - 20m
Parry Beach - Point Hillier 70km W of Albany. Coastal Ridge/Cliff E-NE PG2 / HG Supervised 0 - 50m
Perkins Beach Near Albany. Bushy Dune SSE PG2 / HG Supervised 0 - 5m
Point King - Albany Town In Albany. Coastal Ridge SE PG4 / HG Intermediate 20m
Porongorups About 50km N of Albany. Inland Mountain Range N, W, S Not a rated site 500m+
Sand Patch Near Albany. Coastal Ridge SW PG4 / HG Intermediate 150m
Shelley Beach Near Albany. Coastal Ridge ESE-SSE PG2 / HG Supervised 85m
Windy Harbour D'Entrecasteaux National Park Low Coastal Ridge W, ? ? 0 - 30m
Western Australia - Albany and South Coast

Back Beach

Not often flown due to difficult access.

Flight

Good take off on hill 50m left of car park. Top landing good but take care not to go too far back. Excellent bottom landing but hell climb back to take off. Novices should stay over beach area. No commercial activities including teaching and tandems are permitted in the National Park without the relevant Dept of CALM permit. Flying from Back Beach is an approved activity in the National Park Management Plan.

Western Australia - Albany and South Coast

Lowlands Beach

Another beach dune site between Albany and Denmark. Good if it's too strong for Dingos or Shelleys.

Flight

Generally a beach launching site, but there is a top launch and landing area for hang-gliders. Good wide beach for bottom landing.
Western Australia - Albany and South Coast

Muttonbird Beach

One of the most consistently on sites in WA, this is a coastal dune site suitable for beginners. The low height of the dune means it is still flyable in Albany's famously strong winds when the bigger sites are blown out. Good fun too.

Flight

Launch from the beach, or small top launch for hang gliders near car park. A 1 - 2m sub dune in front of the main one can make launching tricky in light winds. Beware of rotor behind island. Relatively safe place to be blown back, but some of those peppermint trees are bigger than they look. The ridge is about 2km long in a slight bowl, be prepared for a hike down the beach to a favorable bit of dune if the wind is more S than SW.
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Parry Beach - Point Hillier

An impressive big coastal site west of Denmark, great if the wind is just north of east.

Flight

The site varies in height from a 50 foot dune at the eastern end, to 500 foot limestone cliffs at the southern end. Obviously a wind that is strong enough to allow flying the dune may be too strong on the main face. Getting blown back on the main face is not an option, it drops off just as steeply into the ocean behind, make sure you have enough penetration and beware of changes in wind speed. Take care in working your way up from the launch to the main ridge, as even the high launch is less than half the height of the main face. There is a good beach landing to the north and east, but none at the southern end. Heights of over 1000 feet are possible in ridge lift here, so you should be able to glide back to the beach.
Western Australia - Albany and South Coast

Perkins Beach

Good place when the wind is strong and SSE. Western end of the same bay as Muttonbird. Incredible feeling getting some height off such a tiny dune.

Flight

This site is a good beginner’s slope. It is about 1km long with lots of bushes on top but plenty of beach between the dune and the water.

Although the site is only low coastal dunes, there is a steep drop off behind them with significant rotor and a lot of trees in some areas. Take-off is from the beach or on the side of the dune. Space can be a problem, especially if the wind is a bit light. You may have to take it in turns if there is not enough room. Main danger is complacency - don’t fall into the trap of thinking everything is safe just because it is a low sand dune.

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Point King - Albany Town

Right in the heart of Albany town, this site works much better than it looks, the flatness providing pleasant flying with views of Middleton Beach, Fort Adelaide, the harbor and islands, and plenty of spectators.

Flight

Flyable in similar conditions to Shelley beach, even in quite strong winds. In front of launch there is a steep drop to the ocean, with no landing options below, but top landing options above are good. In light conditions be sure not to get caught below the flat area. In stronger winds you can easily get above the road - try not to be a traffic hazard and remember to keep your separation from onlookers at the lookout. A very nice site, and a good option if you get bored of flying Shelleys after a few hours, or have to go into Albany, or live there.

Only fly here if your top and side landings are good. Can be difficult to get down if the wind picks up. Landing further up Mt Adelaide should be possible if caught out by rising winds, watch the water and try to avoid being caught.

Very public site so please fly responsibly and safely.

Western Australia - Albany and South Coast

Porongorups

A small range of hills between the Stirlings and Albany, about 1800ft at highest point. People have flown off Devils Slide at the Western end of the range, and the old Potato farm at the Eastern End. Access here is currently allowed at 3 sites if you obtain a permit from the ranger - check with Cloudbase and the ranger before you go and don't mess it up for everyone else.

Flight

Lots of trees below but farmland not far away. Potentially very dangerous or very good.
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Sand Patch

A huge site, more than 10km of ridge, but mostly without bottom landing as the limestone cliffs run straight into the ocean, have a look at the photo.

Flight

Be aware of changing conditions, you may have to land out along the ridge, only fly here if your top and side landings are good. Can be difficult to get down if the wind picks up. Due to the size and compression flyable conditions here equate to very light winds on the beach. The launch area is currently covered in low scrub. Some netting has been stored at the launch as a temporary measure to reduce snagging of paraglider lines. If you use the netting please pack it away again after flying. Work is in progress to get a more permanent solution constructed.

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Shelley Beach

One of the best known coastal sites in WA, a large coastal site suitable for beginners with fantastic scenery, good access and a developed take off area with wooden hang glider ramps.

Flight

Be aware of other pilots attempting to top land when setting up. Rotor behind take off and at often at SW end of main ridge. There is a steep valley between the take-off hill and the main ridge. In more Southerly winds the main ridge may be unflyable due to Rotor, but the take-off hill OK. In a more Easterly wind the take-off hill will generate very little lift and it may be necessary to glide straight across to the main ridge. This can make top landing impossible if the wind is light as the valley cannot be crossed back with sufficient height. There is a substantial wind gradient at take-off so the wind may be stronger than it feels on the ramp.

No commercial activities including teaching and tandems are permitted in the National Park without the relevant Dept of CALM permit. Flying from Shelley is an approved activity in the National Park Management Plan.

There is camping right at the LZ.

Western Australia - Albany and South Coast

Windy Harbour

Dune/cliff site between Denmark and Augusta. Not flown by PG, site information need to be uploaded.