Canungra Classic 2018


20th to 27th October 2018

FAI Category 2, HGFA AAA Hang Gliding competition 

Open Class, 

Women’s Class, 

Sports Class, 

Fun Class, 

Best of the Rest, 

Veterans awards, 

Most Improved, 

Best Sportsman award.

Registration  Airtribune - Canungra Classic 2018

Canungra Classic 2018 - Results Scoreboard

2018 Information


Canungra Classic 2018 Hang Gliding Competition


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 (subject to approval). 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 again be to encourage Novice 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. 

Headquarters this year will be at the Canungra Hotel or the Canungra RSL (tba). Practice Day: Friday 19 October. Entry fee: $300 (plus $30 site fee for non-club members).

Flying site

Canungra is a famous Australian free flying area of Gold Coast region. There are several take offs for all wind directions located on 500 m high tree-covered mountain ridges. The area is about 30 km from the East coast of the continent so the sea breeze 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 325 km for a paraglider and 519 km for a hang glider. All Canungra take offs are about 15-20 min from the town.
Complete flying site guide at

Take off Beechmont -28.1192, 153.2010 530 m ASL. 
NE, E, SE.  
Beechmont Launch, known as Rosin's Lookout, over-looks the stunning Numinbah Valley. The area has remained largely undeveloped in recent decades. To the east is the Springbrook plateau. On the eastern side of the valley is the Natural Bridge in Springbrook National Park and to the west lies the Lamington Plateau and the Lamington National Park. To the south is the Tweed Valley. 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. 
The Launch is adjacent to a peaceful picnic area, with dedicated electric BBQ facilities, toilets and undercover seating area. Open to all pilots, as well as the public, it is often an area families come to enjoy a picnic while watching the hang gliders and paragliders fly above them.

Take off Mt Tamborine -27.9504, 153.1810, 534 m ASL. 
SW, W, NW. 
Sealed road to the site along Main Western Rd Mt. Tamborine. Tamborine Mountain Launch overlooks the beautiful Canungra Valley and is approximately 30km from the Gold Coast and 70km from Brisbane. With it's breath-taking views and scenery, it's clean mountain air and local art shops, quaint coffee shops and restaurants, and with it's country markets and friendly atmosphere, it is a popular site any weekend for pilots and spectators.

Hinchcliff launch -28.0695, 153.1470, 490 m ASL. 
SE, S 
A good road leading almost on the take off with short walking distance after. Hinchcliffe's Launch is on the ridge running parallel to Beechmont further inland (West) from the coast. Known as Hinchies, it is often flown when the wind strength is too strong to fly from Beechmont. As it is a few Kms inland from the coast, it is a good site to go XC! Private road access is through a locked gate (conditions apply to obtain the key).
Hinchies bombout is open to spectators awhens it is on a public road, however the Launch area is only open to members. Access to the site is only possible by obtaining the electronic gate opener from John Hinchcliffe. Please car pool by leaving vehicles at the bottom of Toe Holt Road but be mindful of not blocking driveways or access easements. Before driving up beyond he locked gate, a text message must be sent to the landowner at the top of the mountain (Kevin) saying that you will be using the road. 
When parking vehicles at the Hinchies Bombout, please park as far off the road as possible. Be careful when doing a U turn at the bombout as that part of the road is a crest and passing vehicles may not see you until it’s too late. 
The owner of the site (John Hinchcliffe) is hugely supportive of the CHGC but history of difficulties with neighbouring land owners makes this site very sensitive. Please bear this in mind when flying this site. 

Flying Fox launch -28.1453, 153.1489, 570m ASL  
N, NE 
Dirt road all the way to take off. Flying Fox is regarded by many as the hidden gem of SE QLD flying sites. The site is nestled on the northern boundary of the Lamington National Park and has a reputation for “turning it on” for those lucky enough to be there on the right day. Spectacular “glass-off” flights, seabreeze convergences and great mid winter thermic flying when no other site is working.
Flying Fox is strictly open “by appointment” only (prior notification to the landowner is mandatory) - please read event info to learn of it is used for the event.



Canungra Hang Gliding Club

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 14th of October. Note there will be a discount of $30 if entries are received before 31st August, and $15 if received before 30th September 2018.


Pay by Direct Transfer:

Bank: Bendigo Bank Canungra
BSB: 633 000
Account number: 158809251
(Bendigo Bank HQ Address: 22-44 Bath Lane, Bendigo, VIC 3550)

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)
• Day prizes
• Presentation dinner

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

There will be daily award prizes; gift vouchers for pilots making their first goal in a competition, for pilots making their best distance in a competition (limited), for an outstanding achievement performed on the previous day (at the club’s discretion). 

There will be a cash prizes for the final winners of the competition with overall prizes awarded at the presentation dinner on the 27th October.

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

General schedule

Friday, 19 Oct 2018_Practice Day
5:00 – 9:00pm Official Registration at the Canungra Hotel

(20 – 27 Oct 2018 official competition days)[

Saturday, 20 Oct 2018
8:00-8:30am - Mandatory Safety Briefing
8:30-9:30am - Pilot Briefing

Monday night, 22 Oct 2018
7:00pm - Barefoot Bowls & Pizza night at Canungra Bowls Club

Wednesday night, 24 Oct 2018
7:00pm - Bingo night at Canungra Hotel

Saturday, 27 Oct 2018
6:30pm - Presentation dinner at Canungra RSL ($35 per head for non-pilots)
8:00pm - Presentations

Daily schedule

Friday, 19 Oct 2018_Practice Day

Saturday, 20 Oct 2018
8:00-8:30am - Mandatory Safety Briefing
8:30-9:30am - Pilot Briefing

Sunday, 21 Oct to Sat 27 Oct 2018
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
12 King St Canungra 4275
Phone (07) 5543 4434
Mobile 0427807516


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.
Phone: (07) 5545 1177
Fax: (07) 5545 2733


• 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 pilots. 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

Canungra QLD 4275, Australia 
Canungra, QLD 4275 AU


The nearest airports are Brisbane ( or Gold Coast (


Take a bus 540 form Brisbane to Anna St at William Street then about 32 km by Taxi to Canungra.


Take a train from Brisbane to Nerang.
Then about 25 km by taxi.


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.


Black & White Cabs
Phone: 133222

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Phone: 131924

Download Waypoints

Competition Scorers waypoints files can be downloaded from

Canungra Classic last year/s

World famous Hang Gliding Competition: 

07th to 14th October 2017. Full results   Canungra Classic 2017 - Competition

22nd to 29th October 2016. Full results   Canungra Classic 2016 - Competition