Skydive Ramblers, Coolum Beach, Australia
Skydive Ramblers, Coolum Beach, Queensland, Australia
A bucket list item or a once-in-a-lifetime experience, call it what you will. A year later, I still haven’t found the words to describe the feeling of free fall when I fell from a perfectly safe airplane flying at just under 13,000 feet above the pacific ocean on Australia’s northeast coast. Now, with Jess and I heading back to Australia this March, Skydive Ramblers is top-of-mind once again!
I always knew I would skydive, it just had to be in the right setting and what better place than over Queensland’s Sunshine Coast with a picture perfect landing right on Sunshine Beach in Coolum.
Skydive Ramblers operates here and although this is my only jump to-date, I would go back in a flash. In fact, I wanted to get right back in the plane after I landed. So be careful, skydiving is addictive, but expensive!.
How to get there
Skydive Ramblers flies from the Sunshine Coast Airport and is easily accessible from everywhere on the Sunshine Coast, from Brisbane as well as from the Gold Coast. We were actually staying in nearby Noosa, but also within driving distance is the popular Fraser Island. So if you are in the area, be sure to give Skydive Ramblers some thought.
For detailed directions, Skydive Ramblers’ website provides them here: DIRECTIONS
We had a rental car so were able to drive there ourselves, but there are public transit options available as well.
Again, skydiving is expensive, but it is 100% worth the money. It is also the type of activity you probably shouldn’t cheap out on. The last thing you want to hear after jumping from a plane is, “you get what you pay for!”
Here are prices for a variety of jumps in Canadian dollars.
|HEIGHT||TIME IN FREEFALL||PRICE (CAD)|
|15,000 ft||70 seconds freefall||$ 413|
|14,000 ft||65 seconds freefall||$ 383|
|12,000 ft||50 seconds freefall||$ 355|
|10,000 ft||35 seconds freefall||$ 336|
|8,000 ft||25 seconds freefall||$ 317|
|6,000 ft||10 seconds freefall||$ 288|
Note: Prices are based on the AUD-CAD exchange rate as at January 2015
My jump was from 12,000 feet but by the time I actually exited the plane we had climbed to 12,700 giving me a little extra time in free fall.
I purchased a video of the entire jump which was recorded by my guide, Julian. I am still amazed that he is able to capture such amazing footage during each jump. In fact all photos in this post, as well as the video below were taken by Julian from Skydive Ramblers. The video is nine minutes long but feel free to check out some of it here:
When to visit
Given Australia’s climate, there is never really a bad time of year to jump. Obviously during the winter months it may be cold above 10,000 feet so definitely dress accordingly. My jump was in December, the start of Australia’s summer so I was perfectly fine with shorts and a t-shirt.
If you only have a short stay in the area, I recommend you book your jump for early in your visit. This will allow for a day or two leeway in case the weather does not cooperate and your jump gets pushed out. The morning of my jump, I received a call from Ramblers saying that winds were too high and my jump would be pushed out until conditions improved. Luckily for me, the winds died down that afternoon and I was able to complete my jump.
What to bring
• Closed toe shoes
• Long-sleeve shirt and pants, depending on weather/time of year
• Sense of adventure
Hopefully this review will not just provide you with some information on who to jump with and where, but will also push over the fence if you are sitting at the top. Just do it. You will be glad you did! If you have any questions, please Contact Us.
I can’t believe you did that Steven. Hearing that you did it and actually seeing it are two completely different things. My heart was up in my throat and I had goosebumps as big as eggs LOL……What a nerve you got!!!! And how did they get such an awesome video?
It really wasn’t that bad, I’d definitely do it again. Some of those instructors have 5,000 plus jumps so they’ve got lots of practice with the GoPro.