Australia's best flying sites - Open all year
World class novice friendly flying sites from 1500 - 2000ft high!
Only 1 hour from Brisbane's CBD, the Gold Coast and major airports
Experienced local instructors available for ongoing support and advice
Solo lesson and tandem flight specialists
Advanced coaching for experienced pilots
Small VIP groups of students for fast progression and better value for money
Sports Aviation Federation of Australia approved flight training facility
Recommended by licenced pilots
Local accommodation available
Beginners to Advanced. All equipment supplied. Introductions, licence courses, advanced pilot training and endorsements.
Experience the thrill of paragliding in a glider built for two and fly from one of our high mountain sites in the Scenic Rim
We sell all the gear you need. Paragliders, harnesses, instruments and more..
About Paratech Paragliding
Paratech are based at Canungra in the spectacular Gold Coast Hinterland less than 1 hour from the Brisbane CBD and International airports in Queensland Australia.
We are the #1 recommended school by local pilots because they see the results and our high quality of service. We have a large team of enthusiastic instructors who live in the area providing support and advice for all of our graduates, long after they have completed their initial training. This is a critical element for any new pilot to progress into the sport and often overlooked.
Paratech have access to 4 major flying sites for most wind directions up to 2000ft in height, all with novice friendly grass launches and landing areas which are flyable for 12 months of the year. The dry Winter months provide excellent flying and we strongly recommend beginning your training from Autumn through to Spring to avoid the Summertime heat and strong thermals.
We work with only with small groups of students each day (max 6), which allows us to move faster through the early training stages and take advantage of any small flying opportunities when flying from the high mountain sites. It is simply not possible to fly large groups of students simultaneously at any facility. We chose to provide quality, not quanity.
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and you will see we are an active school, constantly teaching new students how to fly at Australia's premier flying sites, while also integrating them into the local club as part of our comprehensive training packages. Our students all learn "hands on" from day 1 at a wide variety of training hills and actual flying sites to give them the best possible start to the sport.
All modern equipment is included in the cost with no pressure to buy equipment until you feel ready.
Our local flying club has over 150 active members (male & female) including recreational, advanced and international competition pilots, including a large number of volunteer Safety Officers who are required to be onsite when new PG2 pilots go flying.
Paratech's Chief Flight Instructor, Jason Turner, has over 30 years flying experience with paragliders, hang gliders, sailplanes, ultralights and more recently, skydiving.
A full time Instructor for over 17 years, Jason is well known for his calm, comprehensive and adaptive teaching style with a high regard for student safety. Jason is still a formidable and well respected pilot with recent podium finishes in competitions, several long distance record flights and has much more to offer our students than most entry level instructors, thanks to his extensive and proven flying background.
7000+ flying hours
2500+ Tandem Flights
Overall winner 2018 XC Camp Manilla
Top 3 Overall Australian National Ladder 2013
Dual Sports Class XC record holder - 365km (view flight)
Canungra HG & PG Club Safety Officer
SAFA Chief Flight Instructor
"Teaching people to fly must be one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet. From the training hill to soaring high above the mountains, I get to share in the celebration and pure joy of each students first flights as if it was my own." - Jason Turner
Paragliding is not a new or radical sport. It's origins go back over 40 years and today's pilots have all been trained by professional instructors, have a paragliding licence and fly factory built and tested aircraft.
Once you have learned the basics and obtained your licence there are a lot of different ways you can enjoy flying a paraglider. From coastal ridge soaring in smooth laminar air to riding strong thermals up thousands of feet to the clouds and then gliding cross country for a few kilometers or even hundred's of kilometers. The current World Record is 615km in a single flight!
You might like to try and "hike and fly" where you have ultralight equipment which allows you to walk up a mountain to fly back down or even travel cross country while camping out up high under the stars overnight. A modern full kit including a helmet, harness and reserve parachute can weigh only 12kg and ultralight kits can weigh less than 5kg! Other options include acrobatic flight, speed flying down steep terrain and paramotoring.
Whatever your choice, once licenced you are free to travel the World with just a glider on your back, a few clothes and your passport ready for the adventure of a lifetime!