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Whether you glide over farmland in Narrogin or paraglide above the epic
national parks near Albany, soaring is a great way to see the landscape – there
are even tandem flights on offer for those who are just starting out.
NORTHWEST | If you’re travelling through the top
of the country and would like to get some time in
the air, your best bet would be to contact the Hang
Gliding Association of WA. While there are no
official clubs in the northwest, there are hang gliders
in the region who can help you get in contact with
location owners in regards to use of their land.
CORAL COAST | If you’re around Geraldton, hill
launch sites in the Chapman Valley are popular,
but it’s important to contact the HGAWA for site
requirements. Exmouth’s great for hang gliding,
and if you want to enjoy a view of Ningaloo Reef
from a microlight, you’re in luck, with tandem flights
available courtesy of Birds Eye View Ningaloo.
PERTH SURROUNDS | In the metro area, clubs like
the Western Soarers and Cloudbase Paragliding
Club can help you with details on primary locations
for hang gliding and paragliding. Many of the
beaches and coastal sites offer great opportunities,
but regulations apply, so it’s best to check first.
GOLDEN OUTBACK | This is peak gliding area
that includes the Beverley Soaring Society, Gliding
Club of Western Australian in Cunderdin, Narrogin
Gliding Club, and Morawa Gliding Club spread
throughout the general region. Mt Bakewell,
overlooking York, is a premier hang gliding and
paragliding site, but contact the HGAWA to ensure
you use an appropriate linking road. Try the Hill
Flyers Club WA and Goldfields Dust Devils for more
information on popular Goldfields sites.
SOUTHWEST | Down south is a prime hang gliding
and paragliding region. Albany is a Mecca, with its
high coastal sites, and the Albany Hang Gliding and
Paragliding Club is a great source for up-to-date
location details. The WA Paragliding Academy in
Albany offers both lessons and tandem flights.
Paragliding at Shelley Beach
(photography City of Albany).
Paragliding, West Cape Howe
With easily portable equipment (a fabric wing
that inflates, creating an aerodynamic shape),
paragliding is a fantastic way to experience
the rush of flying through the air. Tandem
flights are also fun; children through to those
in their nineties can enjoy paragliding with an
A beautiful way to soar, the structure of a hang
glider includes a rigid frame as well as a fabric
wing and harness. Movement through the air is
Leading Edge Hang Gliding Centre
0402 020 098, firstname.lastname@example.org
West Australian Paragliding Academy
0417 776 550, waparagliding.com
Beverley Soaring Society
0407 385 361, beverley-soaring.org.au
THE GLIDING CLUB OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
0409 683 159, glidingwa.com.au
NARROGIN GLIDING CLUB
0407 088 314, narroginglidingclub.org.au
MORAWA GLIDING CLUB
(08) 9971 1775, sites.google.com/site/
controlled by weight-shifting. For the inexperienced
wanting to see WA from a bird’s eye view, tandem
flights are a great idea.
Imagine yourself in an unpowered ultralight
aircraft, one that flies noiselessly (keeping in
mind gliders require assistance to launch). Gliding
in WA is generally focused around the Wheatfield
region, offering beautiful expansive views of the
open landscape. The curious might consider
booking a flight with an experienced pilot.
Types of Gliding
NEED TO KNOW
Please keep in mind you need a licence to
take to the air solo in Western Australia.
International travelling pilots need a local
licence as well. If you do plan on hitting the
air in WA, make sure you initiate contact
with an organised body first, like the
Hang Gliding Association of WA or one
of the gliding clubs in Western Australia.
This way you can find out if there are
specific requirements, regulations and site
inductions associated with each location.
The HGAWA can also put you in contact
with clubs in your area.
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