Stanwell Park

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The view from Bald Hill Lookout

Overlooking the famous Sea Cliff Bridge and Stanwell Park Beach, Bald Hill Lookout Reserve is perched on the headland of Stanwell Tops and is one of the most popular lookouts on the NSW South Coast. The views here are dramatic and spectacular, and it's also ideal for hang gliding.

  • Stanwell Tops Lookout, Royal National Park
  • Hang gliding, Stanwell Park Beach

About Stanwell Park

Stanwell Park is the first of several pretty coastal towns south of the Royal National Park, on Lawrence Hargrave Drive. A picturesque town at the northernmost tip of Wollongong, it’s nestled in a valley and set dramatically against the steep, forested escarpment cliffs, cradling Stanwell Park Beach.

Stanwell Park Beach is popular beach for surfing and picnics and an easy day trip from Sydney. There’s a lovely park right on the beach, which also includes an off-leash area for dogs. You can walk your dog (on-leash) at certain times on the beach itself as well. Backed by steep, forested slopes, it’s the ideal balance of secluded and accessible, with barbecues and picnic tables. Surf lifesavers patrol the beach.

To the north of the beach is Stanwell Tops. The hills that rise sharply from the coast to the escarpment and the strong air currents make it a prime spot for hang gliding and paragliding. Local adventure tour operators can take you along for the ride of a lifetime on a tandem flight, and most are happy to pick you up from the nearby Stanwell Park railway station. Alternatively sit back and enjoy the panoramic views from Bald Hill Lookout.

The Grand Pacific Drive passes through Stanwell Park on its spectacular route along the coast to the South Coast. Be sure to stop at Sea Cliff Bridge, located between Coalcliff and Clifton, for a walk along this engineering masterpiece. The bridge winds along the coast with the ocean below it. A truly spectacular sight.

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