Welcome to the Canungra Hang Gliding and paragliding Club (CHGC) website. This site is dedicated to providing information on the air sports aviation 'free-flying' club and it's flying sites within the Canungra Valley region, Queensland, Australia.
The CHGC is an association of both paraglider and hangglider pilots, dedicated to the advancement of free flight, the purist form of flight, in the Scenic Rim. The region hosts some of the best flying sites in the world, and is just 1 hour from Brisbane, Australia.
The usual weather conditions in the Canungra area allow us to fly from Mount Tamborine and Beechmont pretty much all year round, and international competitions are organised by the club every spring.
The CHGC sites are suitable for pilots of all experience levels; from beginners for soaring the ridge lift a few hundred feet above the hill to advanced pilots who will climb to 10,000 feet in thermals and fly cross country as far as Toowoomba, over the mountain range to Dalby, Warwick, Killarney or along the mountains to Kyogle on 8hour flights or more. The longest distance flight to date from the club launch sites is the Australian hang-gliding distance record flying 518km from Beechmont to Roma, flying for nearly 10 hours.
If you want to experience the joy of flight and literally soar with the local Wedge Tailed Eagles, join us in Canungra by signing up as a full or visiting member. If you are not a pilot yet, our local instructors are happy to offer both introductory tandem flights, as well as full license courses.
Visiting Pilots Welcome - To fly club sites you are required to first join the club for the day/fortnight/year Membership The same as anywhere else, you have to pay if you want to play. For compliance of HGFA requirements, legal liability, insurance, and your share of the costs of providing private land, maintenance and operational infrastructure to allow you the opportunity to fly.
Information is made available to members to help you fly club sites safely to maximize fun. It is essential before flying you have safety site briefings on local knowledge of micro weather influences and updates to navigate local issues to mitigate risk on where is ok and safe to launch fly and land with conditions of use. Collective goal is to preserve the flying sites and privileges for all pilots.
It's a small world. Network of people know each other. And know of others who know some one, some where who knows you. Anyone who flies club sites without current membership for the day before you fly, to save the small cost of your sport, is liable to lose everything: all legal action and damages claims by anyone & inviting HGFA flying ban and a big fat CASA fine. "A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it." Club members notice someone new / visiting. We welcome you to join us, even for one day and invite you to make new friends.
Is your CHGC Membership current? Join the club / renew here.
What's going on? News and Live Competition Results
Whether or not to fly? Where to? Check the Weather
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.