Join for access to educational talks, social events, special courses and so much more. Full Membership runs yearly and is just $20. If you are a new member then click the JOIN GROUP button above. Associate Visiting Pilot membership is free for those who fly the sites once or twice, simply click JOIN GROUP above Existing members pay easily by bank transfer (remembering to put your surname in the reference):
Account Name: Sydney Paragliding and Hang Gliding Club
Account Number: 528686514
Reference: "your surname"
Safety first & always
Remember to fly safe: - higher glider gives way to lower; - faster to slower, - right wing tip to cliff has right of way.
Read more on flying safely on the northern beaches: don’t get caught out if conditions change as happens in spring - click here to learn more. Site guides – make sure you are flying our sites safely!
The Sydney Paragliding & Hang Gliding Club fly and manage some of the most scenic and easily accessible coastal flying sites in Australia - along the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney.
Come to one of our meetings to meet other local pilots and learn more about 'free flying'. We meet at the Harbord Bowls club on the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm, where we discuss the latest learnings, developments and equipment in 'free flying'.
Explore the following pages to learn more or visit the Contact Us page to arrange a tandem flight - either for yourself or a loved one, to find out how to learn to free fly, improve your flying or meet like-minded pilots.
New and Visiting Pilots– We want you to fly safe and enjoy our sites. We ask that all pilots are Associate or Full members of the club before flying. Please click on the JOIN GROUP link for complimentary Associate Visiting Pilot membership if you are only flying the sites once or twice, or join as a full member if you fly often, full membership is only $20 a year! Associate Visiting Pilot membership is immediate on joining the group so do this on the hill or at home before you travel.
First time flying at a site? If you are intending to fly one of our sites for the first time, please contact a safety officer. The club has many safety officers and you will often find one on the hill or in the air. New and visiting pilots must contact a member of the club and become familiar with the rules before flying sites.
The weather station is reading the wind at its precise location on the ridge and should be taken as indicative only - the wind direction and speed at launch and along other parts of the ridge and at other local coastal sites may well be different - make sure you understand the conditions before you attempt to launch, don't rely on any one factor and if in doubt ask a safety officer - happy, safe flying!
Weather station installed with assistance from NSWHPA
Typical day at a site...
Helping our community
Some of our members recently helped a person who had not flown before: Neville couldn't walk and wanted to know if he could fly?!
Neville presented a special case in that he could not move much of his body, making take-off challenging.
With the help of some SPHG pilots we got Neville airborne. "It was the most challenging disabled launch I have undertaken," said club vice president Greg Hurst. "There were no wingovers or 360s - Neville was happy just to walk on sunshine."
Monthly meeting - 7pm Tuesday 5th March at Harbord Bowling Club.
High wind landings and take-offs.
No one likes being dragged like a tea bag across the landing field or going straight in the bushes behind launch - find out how the experts cope with these scenarios and most importantly how to avoid them in the first place. Multiple speakers to be confirmed
See you all there!
Not sure where and when to fly? Here are some weather resources to help you.