Stanwell Park

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

From Bald Hill lookout, watch hang-gliders and paragliders soar above the cliffs and ocean, and enjoy magnificent views of the village and beautiful Stanwell Park Beach below. Alternatively, relax on the beach or beachside park and gaze up as pilots perform their graceful flying manoeuvres.

A hang-glider soaring above Stanwell Park, near Wollongong

For the thrill of a lifetime, try tandem hang-gliding and paragliding with Warren Windsports or the Sydney Hang Gliding centre at Stanwell Tops, on Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Stanwell Park is an hour’s drive from Sydney or a scenic 70-minute train trip from Sydney’s Central Station.

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. Keep heading south to Wollongong and you’ll find the Sea Cliff Bridge, a stretch of road built out over the ocean.

A boy hand-feeding a kangaroo joey, Symbio Wildlife Park

Other things to do in Stanwell Park include a visit to the Symbio Wildlife Park, where you'll meet native and exotic animals, and hand-feed kangaroos. You can tour the area behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 with Cliff to Coast Sports Car Drives or on a motorcycle with Just Cruisin’ Tours.

Horseriding is also popular. Otford Farm and Darkes Forest Riding Ranch offer trail rides for all levels of experience. Visit the Apple Shack at Glenbernie Orchard, and buy fresh and dried fruits, cider and honey, or pick your own fruit. There are several restaurants and places to stay.