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.
Mount Tamborine takes a general Westerly wind direction, and as such it is "on" quite often in the Winter. It is popular for high glide top to bottom sled runs early in the morning, it is good for boating around mid-day on buoyant days or for going on local cross country flights. Winter day thermals can be smooth and enjoyable and on electric blue-sky blue-thermal days, the view of the Gold Coast is simply breath-taking.
As the coast is to the East (with Airspace ceiling that steps down rapidly in altitude), you have to punch headwind towards the West to do any distance. As such, the XC club record for Tamborine is relatively short compared to the Easterly sites.
Mount Tamborine Launch is open to club members and visiting pilots. It is a prime spectator spot on a main road, and is common for the Launch area to be full of tourists taking photos of the many colourful gliders.
Rating: Paragliding; Intermediate. Restricted, if under supervision of Instructor or Club Safety Officer. Hang Gliding; Restricted
Required Wind Direction: NW through to SW
Altitude: 1916ft/584m ASL
CTA: Above 7500ft
Weather Station: Tamborine has it's own dedicated windstation. It can be accessed on the windstation page of this site.
Waypoints: Launch: [ to do ]
Facilities: Toilets at launch site. Shops within 5 mins drive north
The thing with Tamborine is there is little room for error, and it catches new pilots out EVERYTIME. No matter how much the Safety Officer emphasises on the following points, there is always one person that doesn't take it in. Don't be one of those pilots. Please read the following carefully, so that you don't end up in the trees and risk injuring yourself.
There can be very strong thermic cycles at Mt. Tamborine. Essentially what that means is that when air is going up very fast at Tambo, air very close to it is going down very quickly. A pilot will see another pilot going up in the near distance and head out, only to suddenly find themselves in extreme sink with little hope of making either the distant pilot or the landing area! Combine an unpredictable strong sink cycle with strong head wind and it will almost guarantee you end up in the trees, so the number one rule with Mount Tamborine is:
If you are not going up, head out to the landing field.
Now in case you're one of those people that skip over red bold writing, here it is again:
There are two official bombouts. Our property on Wagon Wheel Road and the adjacent public land, and the Hugh Mahoney Reserve on the Mundoolin Connection Road. There is also land which can be utilised in an “emergency”. It is the first open paddock at the edge of the trees along Wagon Wheel Road on the north side of the road (or the paddock adjacent to the second house on the right as you fly out from launch). Please see the Online Maps page for more detail. Landing outside these 3 areas is against CHGC policy.
When pre- or post- thermic, our main landing area is easily makeable by all paragliders and hang gliders. However this changes dramatically when thermals are present. Landing short at Tambo is a safety issue. Landing on the road is illegal and extremely risky and leaves ourselves open for litigation. Landing short at Tamborine is the result of not assessing the conditions correctly and it is considered extremely poor judgement to land short of the bombout after scratching low in front of launch or out on the left hand spur.
The CHGC enforces a Three Strike Rule that applies if landing in a No-Landing area. They are as follows.
1st Infringement- $50 fine.
You can avoid this fine by emailing your respective SSO within one week to explain your decisions that lead to this error. You can use the Report an Incident form on this website to do so.
2nd Infringement- $50 fine.
A mandatory one off payment.
3rd Infringement - Site Ban.
If within 6 months of the first infringement, then a 3 month ban from that site during which time the pilot should seek further training/advice from a SSO or instructor.
The top landing area is the TMSA sports complex on Long Rd, Tamborine Mountain. If at all possible we are to land on the undeveloped portion of the land up near the road. If you have to land in a playing field, use the square one. Stay away from the oval one. Especially the cricket pitch in the centre.
Aerial view of Bombout
Dave Seib lands high performance topless Hang Glider at Moriarty Park within Football field
At all times, position your flight path according to the weather conditions and according to the performance of your flying equipment and your experience so you always have glide to a safe landing option.
Darren flying Tamborine to Casino Aero Club