WELCOME TO STANWELL PARK

Stanwell Park is a small coastal village of around 1500 people, located about 52 km from central Sydney and one hour from Sydney’s International and Domestic Airport. In addition to Stanwell Park accommodation, their is a glorious surfing beach tucked below the dramatic, densely forested cliffs of the Illawarra escarpment.

To get there, take the electric train from Central Station, Sydney (it’s about one hour by train) or drive south out of Sydney along the Princes Highway, then turn left past Sutherland into the Royal National Park. Sydney’s Royal National Park, established in 1879, is Australia’s first and the world’s second oldest national park. America’s Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming (extending into Montana and Idaho) was established in 1872.

Stanwell Park Accommodation

What better place to stay than in the village like atmosphere of Stanwell Park. South Coast Holidays can help you book accommodation in Stanwell Park.

The home of flight

The steep cliffs of the Illawarra escarpment and coast provide the strong air currents make this a prime spot for hang-gliders. Sit on Bald Hill, to the north of Stanwell Park, for a spectacular view of these adventurous fliers. Local adventure tour operators can even take you along for the ride of a lifetime with a tandem flight or simply sit back and relax on a scenic flight across the region.

Stanwell Park is famous for flight. In 1893 it became the home of Lawrence Hargrave, explorer, inventor of the box kite and one of the founding fathers of modern aviation. He carried out experiments with box kits on Bald Hill above his house. You can see him on the Australian orange coloured $20 bill.

See the Festival of Flight in November, the town’s carnival, a feisty celebration with an aeronautical theme

Things to do in Stanwell Park

  • Drive, walk or cycle across Seacliff Bridge, Lawrence Hargrave Drive, which is part of the Grand Pacific Drive. This spectacular award winning landmark runs parallel to the coast, supported on the rock platform below for about 30 metres.
  • Symbio Wildlife Park and Gardens, a bushland zoo with more than 1,000 animals in a cage-free environment, is open from 0930 to 1700 daily. Entry fees. (02) 4294 1244.
  • Golf courses and driving ranges (Helensburgh 5km)
  • Science Centre and Planatarium in Wollongong about 20 minutes further south
  • Jamberoo Action Park about 30 minutes further south
  • Sky diving, hang-gliding, wind surfing, surfing and surf lessons, swimming at patrolled beaches, ocean pools, snorkelling, parasailing
  • Children’s Playgrounds in Stanwell Park
  • Ten pin bowling
  • Boutique shops, restaurants, art galleries and museums in Stanwell Park and nearby Austinmer and Thirroul
  • Visit the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple near Wollongong for a vegetarian lunch
  • Bike tours, local bush walking, rock climbing
  • Whale watching
  • Local fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Visit the Hindu Temple. Turnoff just east of Symbio Gardens on Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Visitors are expected to be quiet and respectful.

The Royal National Park

There is over a 100 kilometres of walking tracks and fabulous beaches. For further information see National Parks - The Royal National Park.

Activities in Stanwell Park

Swimming, surfing, canoeing, beach fishing, bushwalking, bush camping and nature study. Take one of the many walks along the coast for magnificent views, or inland to experience the variety of habitats, including heath, rainforests, open woodlands and estuarine systems.

The Wodi Wodi Walking Track

Starting at Stanwell Park station is a circular 6.5km moderate track, named after one of the Aboriginal tribes who lived along the Illawarra coast. Be careful of the steep sections on the climb to mineral springs and up to Mount Mitchell. Accessible at all times.

Stanwell Park and Beyond

The south coast of Australia is full of secluded little holiday gems, each with their own unique sparkle, and Stanwell Park is one of those. One that shines bright is the small picturesque village of Stanwell Park, conveniently only about an hour away from Sydney, making it perfect for vacationing. The contrast of spectacular beaches, dense bush wilderness and hilly peaks and cliffs make Stanwell Park and its surrounding areas and amazing sight to see. Book your Stanwell Park accommodation through South Coast Holidays.

So if you are looking for things to do in Stanwell Park, sight seeing should be high on your list, and being high isn’t a joke. The Illawarra escarpment cliffs are naturally developed in such a way that the air currents make then perfect launching pads for hand gliders. However if that’s a little too extreme for your liking then sticking to trekking and bush walking might be a more reserved way to experience the magnificent natural attractions on offer. Another great way to experience the unique landscape is on one of the many scenic driving routes such as the Hargrave, Grand Pacific, or over the Seacliff Bridge.

If you are looking for more traditional things to do in Stanwell Park, then relaxing to the max on one of its paradise like beach areas is definitely a great way to have fun with all the family. You can sunbathe, play beach games or take out a boat for sailing. If surfing is your thing, then this is the place because Stanwell Park has become renowned for its surfing beach, tucked snugly behind the forested cliffs. It always brings the waves and is never overpopulated making it great for beginners and experiences surfers alike.

Beyond the natural attractions there is plenty of entertainment and other activities on offer in Stanwell Park including the Symbio Wildlife Park and Gardens, golf courses, the Jambaroo Action park (theme park about 30 minutes drive away), children’s playgrounds and family eating areas, bowling, and mountain bike hire.

Once you’re all tired of things to do in Stanwell Park, it’s time to eat. There are many great fresh food restaurants all around the coast, where you can enjoy a whole host of seafood and fish. Once you’re done eating there are also plenty of small shops and boutiques to buy souvenirs and quality product. Arts and crafts are also a big part of the coast.

No matter what you plan is when on vacation here, one thing is for sure, you’ll never run out of things to do in Stanwell Park

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