The flight in small hills or even in beach dunes is increasingly popular. The speeds of the current paragliders open the possibility of this type of flight. They are flights with very strong winds that do not forgive mistakes, whose practice brings great knowledge and skill to the pilots.
Take a deep breath because you are about to enjoy one of the best Freestyle Paragliding sessions you have ever seen.
Embark on a paraglider over the spectacular dunes of Kilcunda, Victoria and experience the best combination of amazing landscapes and great excitement as you rise like a bird.
Victoria is one of the six states that, together with the two continental territories and the six insular ones, make up the Commonwealth of Australia. There, we can find the small community of Kilcunda, a coastal city located on the pristine and rugged south coast of Gippsland, between Phillip Island and Wonthaggi.
There are three different beach areas in Kilcunda. The main beach of the city, consists of wide stretches of sand with steep slopes and rocky platforms. Shelley Beach is an isolated sandy beach bounded by two rocky headlands, accessible from Bass Highway west of Kilcunda Ridge Road. Beyond the eastern promontory on the main beach is the surf beach of the city. Here, the rocky cliffs give way to a backdrop of large sand dunes and large stretches of sand.
The sand dunes rise above the mouth of the Powlett River, one of Kilcunda’s best kept secrets. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you descend a sand dune as you paraglide through deep, tropical ravines. Offering panoramic views along the river and the wind-blown ocean beach.
Paragliders will find a better launching point about 150 meters further east, where the dunes are lower and the area is less covered with vegetation. From the cliffs to the west of the cemetery that is directly above a popular fishing spot, where the winds are lighter, so be careful with the people and the fishing equipment on the beach when you land. The west side of the city is preferable for Delta Wing, since the embankment takes off more to the west around the rocky point and is only suitable for stronger winds of 15 knots or more.
Paragliders know the dune as one of the “most beautiful and fascinating soaring areas in general”. In addition to the optimal wind conditions, the unique landscape and the pleasant temperatures in spring, summer and autumn play an important role. Be careful not to catch the tip of a wing in the face of the dunes when scratching if the wind is light.
The face of the dune is broken and uneven further to the east, but there is a good, high and pleasant dune face about 400 meters long at the cemetery’s take-off. In a good wind, it is eminently edible. Do not fly beyond the right point of launch. Throughout the year the paragliders and hang gliders have fun on the dune and enjoy a unique panorama.
The release of Graveyard has a limited takeoff run. It has become very covered, so be careful with the vegetation that hooks to the paraglide in the takeoff run. Paragliders, students and novice pilots should consider walking on the beach to the east about 150 meters away and starting from some shallower but lower dunes.