Stanwell Park

Famous in world aviation history, Stanwell Park is where Australian aeronautical pioneer Lawrence Hargrave first flew in his box kite on 12 November, 1894. Today, this picturesque village on the northern tip of Wollongong is an internationally acclaimed area for hang-gliding and paragliding.

Watch hang-gliders and paragliders soar above the cliffs and ocean from Bald Hill Lookout at the Stanwell Tops headland, which overlooks the village and beautiful Stanwell Park Beach. Or relax on the sandy beach or beachside park and gaze up as pilots perform graceful flying manoeuvres.

Hang gliding off Stanwell Park - Wollongong and Surrounds - South Coast

For the ride of a lifetime, try tandem hang-gliding and paragliding at Stanwell Tops, on Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Adventure tours offer tandem flights. Getting to Stanwell Park is easy, with the drive from Sydney about an hour and a scenic train trip from Sydney’s Central station only 70 minutes.

Stanwell Park is near the southern end of the Royal National Park and on the Grand Pacific Drive, a spectacular touring route through one of the world’s oldest national parks to Stanwell Park and south over the Sea Cliff Bridge, an engineering marvel, to Wollongong and the NSW South Coast.

Kangaroo Feeding - Symbio Wildlife Park

Other wonderful things to do include a visit to Symbio Wildlife Park, a short drive northwest along Lawrence Hargrave Drive. You'll meet native and exotic animals and hand-feed kangaroos. There are exhilarating motoring tours with Cliff to Coast Sports Car Drives and Just Cruisin’ motorcycle tours.

Horseriding is popular, too. Otford Farm and Darkes Forest Riding Ranch offer trail rides for all levels of experience. At Glenbernie Orchard is Apple Shack, where you can buy fresh and dried fruit and taste ciders. There are several restaurants and convenient places to stay around Stanwell Park.

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  1. Denman Farmers Market

    Saturday 03 March 2018 to Saturday 07 April 2018 , Denman

    The Denman Farmers Market is a genuine producers market in the heart of the Hunter Valley, held on the first Saturday of the month. Located a short drive from Muswellbrook, Denman offers the best in local produce including wine, cheese, …

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    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2018 , Scone

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    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2018 , Muswellbrook

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    17 Mar - 18 Mar
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    Sunday 25 March 2018 , Scone

    Upper Hunter Shire Council in conjunction with Vintage Fighter Restorations, Scone Aero Club, Pay's Air Service and Paul Bennet Air Shows presents the return of Warbirds Over Scone. Come along and see iconic warbird flights and formations,…

    25 Mar
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    Friday 04 May 2018 to Sunday 13 May 2018 , Scone

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    04 May - 13 May