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. Helensburgh Country Fair

    Saturday 27 October 2018 , Stanwell Park

    Come to the Fair. It starts at 8am. Listen to the music, watch on-going entertainment from 10am, eat some delicious food, shop around at the variety of market stalls, have fun on carnival rides, get your face painted, buy a raffle ticket…

    27 Oct
  2. Coledale Markets

    Sunday 28 October 2018 to Sunday 27 January 2019 , Thirroul

    Coledale Markets - the Original Coal Coast Market was established in 2002 in the grounds of Coledale Public School, 60 kilometres south of Sydney along the scenic Grand Pacific Drive. The community event is held every fourth Sunday of the …

    28 Oct - 27 Jan
  3. Coledale Markets

    Sunday 28 October 2018 to Sunday 25 November 2018 , Thirroul

    The coolest and original markets in town, Coledale Markets, are on every fourth Sunday of the Month (Except for December - check out the website for date). Located at the Gorgeous Grounds of Coledale Public School the original, infamous an…

    28 Oct - 25 Nov