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This will be the first Hang Gliding competition of the Australian calendar and will be an 8-day, FAI Category 2, HGFA AAA Sanctioned competition. It will be an important competition for those who are wanting to qualify for points towards the Aussie ladder / Team Selection and WPRS points.

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Canungra is a famous Australian free flying area in the Gold Coast hinterland region. There are several take offs for all wind directions located on 500m high tree-covered mountain ridges. The area is about 30 km from the East coast of the continent so the seabreeze can intervene in the afternoon and produce some very buoyant conditions.

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How to get here

Canungra is situated 40mins from the Gold Coast, and 1 hr from Brisbane

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Event info

This will be the first Hang Gliding competition of the Australian calendar and will be an 8-day, FAI Category 2, HGFA AAA Sanctioned competition. It will be an important competition for those who are wanting to qualify for points towards the Aussie ladder / Team Selection and WPRS points. It will also be an opportunity for aspiring competition pilots to fly with Australia and New Zealand’s best pilots. Overseas pilots are most welcome and will be rewarded with the opportunity of flying one of Australia’s challenging and premier hang gliding sites.

The focus of the competition this year will be to encourage Floater subclass and Kingpost subclass pilots to embrace the values of competition flying by introducing them to the principles and strategies needed to compete, by offering achievable tasks, and to be supported by other, more experienced competition pilots to the skills of flying one of the most challenging and rewarding places to fly in Australia. (Note that a minimum pilot rating of Intermediate, or overseas equivalent, is required to fly in the competition).

Headquarters this year will be at the Canungra Hotel. Practice Day: Friday 6th October. Entry fee: AU$300 (plus AU$30 site fee for non-club members).

Flying site

Canungra is a famous Australian free flying area in the Gold Coast hinterland region. There are several take offs for all wind directions located on 500m high tree-covered mountain ridges. The area is about 30 km from the East coast of the continent so the seabreeze can intervene in the afternoon and produce some very buoyant conditions. All take offs are grass covered and well maintained.

The Beechmont launch during the dry summer months can produce early thermals even at 7 am. This results in long XC flights. The records are 519km for a hang glider and 325km for a paraglider. All take offs are about 15-20 min from the Canungra village centre.

Beechmont:
-28.1192, 153.2010 530 m ASL. Suitable wind directions: NE, E, SE. The site is flyable most afternoons during summer. Power lines go from the left (North) of the launch down to the valley. They are clearly visible on one of the pictures of the launch. There are toilets but no bins.

Mt Tamborine:
-27.9504, 153.1810, 534 m ASL. Suitable wind directions: SW, W, NW. Sealed road to the site along Main Western Rd Mt. Tamborine. This is our premier site with views across to the Great Dividing Range and all between. It has fabulous public exposure and is a stop for tourists to the Gold Coast Hinterland experience.

Hinchcliffe (small site, not suitable for competitions):
-28.0695, 153.1470, 490 m ASL. Suitable wind directions: SE, S. Good road leading almost on the take off with short walk to take off.

Flying Fox (requires special owner permissions to fly here):
-28.1453, 153.1489, 570m ASL Suitable wind directions: N, NE. There is a very scenic dirt road all the way to take off.

Organizers

Canungra Hang Gliding Club
Canungra Hang Gliding Club
P.O. Box 41
Canungra QLD 4275
http://www.chgc.asn.au

Selection and entry fee

To register for the competition please follow the link on this website.
The Competition has an Entry Fee of AU$300 plus $30 site fee for non-club members. No refunds will be available after the 7th of October.

PAYMENT DETAILS:

Pay by Direct Transfer:

Bank: Bendigo Bank
BSB: 633 000
Account number: 158809251
SWIFT Code / BIC: BENDAU3B

Account Name: Canungra Hang Gliding Club
Please use your Surname and First Initial in the Reference/Payment Details

All Transaction Fees must be paid with any outstanding fees finalised on Comp Registration night.

Payment details will be informed to registered pilots by email.

The entry fee includes:

• Pilot pack (with official comp souvenir)
• Map
• Day prizes
• Presentation dinner


HGFA – MEMBERSHIP:
All pilots must be members of the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia for the duration of the competition.
Please check your membership status BEFORE leaving home.
Overseas pilots visiting Australia must obtain either a Visiting Pilot membership, (2 months membership for $95), or a Full HGFA membership. You can apply online at the HGFA VPM site.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Here will be daily award prizes for:
$50 lucky draw prize (must be present at morning briefing to collect) otherwise it will be redrawn)
$50 for achieving 13th place on the previous day
$50 for pilots making their first goal in a competition
$50 for pilots making their best distance in a competition (limited)
$50 for an outstanding achievement performed on the previous day (at the club’s discretion)

There will be an unlimited cash prize pool for the final winners of the competition with overall prizes awarded at the presentation dinner on the 14th October.

Winning categories will be: Open Class, Women’s Class, Sports Class, Fun Class, Best of the Rest, Veterans awards, Most Improved, Best Sportsman award.
There will also be Club trophies awarded.

General schedule

Friday, 6 Oct 2017_Practice Day
12:00MD – 7:00pm Official Registration at the Canungra Hotel
7:30pm - Competition opening presentation, opening night activity/vidoes

(7 – 14 Oct 2017 official competition days)

Saturday, 7 Oct 2017
8:00-9:00am - Mandatory Safety Briefing
9:00-9:30am - Pilot Briefing

Monday night, 9 Oct 2017
7:30pm - Quiz Night

Wednesday night, 11 Oct 2017
7:30pm - Red Faces

Saturday, 14 Oct 2017
7:30pm - Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony

Daily schedule

Saturday, 7 Oct 2017
8:00-9:00am - Mandatory Safety Briefing
9:00-9:30am - Pilot Briefing

Sun, 8 Oct to Sat 14 Oct 2017
8:30-9:00am - Pilot Briefing (unless otherwise advised)



Accommodation and Activities

There is a variety of accommodation types available in and around Canungra. However these are not great in number and Spring is a popular time to visit the region. To be sure of getting the type of accommodation you want, book early.

CANUNGRA
Information on accommodation within Canungra is available from the Canungra Visitor Information Centre 12-14 Kidston St, Canungra, Queensland, 4275. Ph: 07 5543 5156

Showground Campground
A short walk from town centre. Situated on beautiful Canungra creek.
Two powered areas for multiple caravan sites. Toilets and hot showers.
~$10 per night per person.
Phone (07) 5543 5904

Canungra Motel
Right in the heart of town and close to everything. High standard of service and quality accommodation. Again very popular with pilots so get in quick.
http://www.travelinoz.com.au/acc_zoom.app?type=acc&id=1006144292
Email: canungramotel@eftel.net.au
Phone (07) 5543 5155

Canungra Hotel
Lovely hotel in the centre of town. Always popular so book early if this is your scene. A pilots rate is available if pilots ask for Loui or Shirley.
http://www.goldcoastregion.com/canungrahotel.html
Email: canungrahotel@hotmail.com
Phone (07) 5543 5233
Fax (07) 5543 5617

The Odd Geko B&B
Beautiful guesthouse with spacious rooms, private verandahs, and tranquil surroundings. Pool, spa, sauna, pay TV.
http://www.theoddgeko.com.au
12 King St Canungra 4275
Phone (07) 5543 4434
Mobile 0427807516

MOUNT TAMBORINE

There is a lot of accommodation available on Mount Tamborine which is very convenient for the westerly launch site but is 10 minutes drive from Canungra. Information on accommodation on Mount Tamborine is available from the Tamborine Visitor Information Centre, Doughty Park, North Tamborine, Queensland 4272.
Phone: 07 5545 3200

St Bernards Hotel
Lovely hotel/motel with family style atmosphere as well as swimming pool, tennis courts, sauna, and spa bath. Close to golf and rainforest walks.
http://www.stbernardshotel.com/home.htm
Email: stbhotel@bigpond.net.au
Phone: (07) 5545 1177
Fax: (07) 5545 2733

Activities

• Surfing
• Gold Coast
• Dreamworld
• Sea World
• Wet 'n' Wild Water Park
• Warner Brothers Movie World
• Outback Spectacular
• Canungra Valley Vineyards
• Lamington National Park
• Springbrook Falls
• Natural Arch
• Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
• Numinbah Valley Adventure Trails

How to get here

Canungra is a small country town nestled in a quiet valley behind the Gold Coast and surrounded by tree-covered ridges separating wide flat valleys. The location provides the environment for varied and challenging flying as well as plenty of alternative activities should the weather fail to co-operate. The town has most of the essential facilities necessary for survival of today's parapeople. There is a pub, post-office, supermarket, a few cafe's, a chemist and one ATM. The launches are 15-20 minutes drive from the town centre.
Canungra is situated about 40 minutes drive from the Gold Coast just over an hour from Brisbane in the SE corner of Queensland. There are scheduled international domestic flights into Brisbane and Coolangatta airports. If driving from the south on the coast road, stay on the Pacific Highway until you reach Nerang and then follow the signs to Beaudesert/Canungra. If coming on one of the inland routes, stay on Cunningham's Highway until you cross the Great Dividing Range and then follow the signs for Boonah, Beaudesert and finally Canungra.

Canungra QLD 4275, Australia

Plane
The nearest airports are Brisbane (http://www.bne.com.au/) or Gold Coast (http://goldcoastairport.com.au/)
Bus
ake a bus 540 form Brisbane to Anna St at William Street then about 32 km by Taxi to Canungra.


Train

Take a train from Brisbane to Nerang.
Then about 25 km by taxi.
Web: http://www.queenslandrail.com.au/

Car

Go along Pacific highway until you reach Nerang and follow signs to Beaudesert/Canungra. It takes about 40-60 min to get there from any of the nearest airports.
Check this list to get car rental offers.
Taxi

Black & White Cabs
Phone: 133222
Website: www.blackandwhitecabs.com.au

Yellow cab logoYellow Cab
Phone: 131924
Website: www.yellowcab.com.au

Libya
Canungra, QLD 4275 AU

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