Flying Canungra, Australia

XC from Beechmont to Beaudesert

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.

Come fly our sites, you must be a current club member.

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.  Paraglider pilots male and female from CHGC have flown records over 300km. The longest distance flight to date from the club launch sites is the Australian hang-gliding distance record from a mountain launch, flying 518km from Beechmont to Roma, flying for about 9 hours. World wide flights by CHGC pilots include an all out distance flight Hang Gliding with aerotow launch of 761km.  Come fly with the best.

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. 

Pilots Welcome

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, and when your day is done of fun in the sun, your flying buddies see you fit and well to get home safe.

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.


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.

Community Services. Local attractions, Visitors Accommodation - Some where to stay

Tourism information by Scenic Rim Regional Council  Visit Scenic Rim - Tourism info

Visitors looking for somewhere to stay?

For camp sites: Look at information listed courtesy of the Scenic Rim Regional Council  Camping directory

Big day out. Day tripper needing a hot shower only; 1 dollar coin per 5minutes, for campers only from about $11 per night.  Check out:  Canungra Show Grounds Camping and other camp sites nearby

Bush camping on grass by the creek:  Sharp Park Camping and other camp sites nearby

There are two self contained cabins ready to hire opposite the launch site at Beechmont.
You will find them listed under Beechmont,  on AirBnB called

 "Beechmont Bean Cabin 1"
and" Beechmont Bean Cabin 2",%20Queensland&guests=1&adults=1

Bed and Breakfast private accommodation in Canungra include:   Canungra B&B - The Odd Gecko [They offer special rates for CHGC members including visitor pilots].

Drinks & food social venue: Get a room , at the Pub:   Canungra Hotel


For visitors information; The only Bank branch in the community, is the   Canungra & District Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank

There are many other accommodation establishments in Canungra, Mount Tamborine, Beechmont and surrounding areas, offering tourists a range of accommodation options from camping, motels, caravan parks, hotels to self contained units and houses. Feel free to research yourself with your preferred internet search engine for things to do and places to stay.

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.
~$9 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.
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

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
• Thunderbird Park - family adventure activities

Landing/No Landing Areas

Online Maps

Our relationship with the Canungra Valley community is paramount to our flying. It's for this reason that we have clear guidelines and maps on where our members can and cannot land. To see an online interactive map of these areas, click here.