Jus 60 mins south of Sydney and 15 minutes north of Wollongong is one of Australia's most scenic and enjoyable flying sites.
One of the premier flying sites in Australia. We have a unrivaled history stretching back to some of the first ever experiments in flight done by Lawrence Hargrave in the late 19th Century. Today, as then, we have the privilege of flying a beautiful stretch of the coastline between Sydney and Wollongong.
This is the web-site of the Stanwell Park Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club (SPHGPC). The role of the club is to maintain the flying site for the use and enjoyment of the membership and promote the sport within the community. We cater for pilots of all abilities and try to foster an atmosphere of safety, encouragement and enjoyment. If you're just thinking of trying flying out then take a look at our instructors section.
If you're a visiting pilot or interested in flying the site (Bald Hill) then remember it's a requirement of the land owner (local council) that you must be a member of the club and familiar with the rules before you can fly the site.
New ? Never flown Stanwell before or just rusty about the rules. Here are four links to essential information you should familiarise yourself with before you fly the site.
We'd love you to join the club either online or offline.
HGFA Membership forms
All HG and PG pilots who want to fly in Australia must be members of the HGFA.
Learn the procedures we have for safe flying at Stanwell.
Site Guide and Rules
Approximately 15 km from the Illawarra coast with a mixture of coastal and inland flying conditions. Overlooking Macquarie Pass, 90 km SSW of Sydney. From the Robertson pie shop take the Jamberoo Mountain Rd and turn left into Lees Road. When you reach the escarpment lookout, proceed for another 100m and take the first turn left to launch.
This is a hanggliding cliff launch for advance pilots only. Take extra care on launch. When you approach launch make sure that both wings have equal exposure to lift. The bombout paddock is quite a long glide out (about 5.5 to 1), so we generally turn left after launch. 620m / 2030ft asl
Bottom landing is on the north side of the Illawarra Highway. It's the second paddock south of the dairy shed (milking shed). This is a private property and we have a good relationship with the farmer. Top landing is possible but expect some turbulence being so close to the escarpment.
This club fly at a great site near Nowra known as Mt. Cambewarra.
Restrictions: This site can only be flown on weekends. Before flying here you must contact the duty air officer at Nowra Naval Airbase for clearance on (02) 4424 1211 or after hours (e.g. weekends) 0408 975 825 (see here under "HMAS Albatross"). If flying north to Stanwell Park you must contact Sydney Flight Service (quote approval no. HJ91-02). Altimeters and reserve parachutes are mandatory.
Height limit 7500ft asl within 15km radius from take-off, except for south of the Shoalhaven River naval air space restrictions no. R437.
Beware of turbulence below and in front of take-off on thermic days and in crosswind conditions.