A truly magnificent trip over Sydney’s often forgotten but breath-taking southern coast. This package includes a Bankstown Airport departure heading south over Cambpbelltown – around the Holsworthy restricted area and a left turn to the coast to Stanwell Park. We follow the coastline past Wollongong city, Port Kembla, Shellharbour, and then over Kiama. On the way back we fly over Wollongong Airport and head north back home to Bankstown where delicious snacks and refreshing drinks await.
Kiama and South Coast As you can see from the flight path map above, this is our most extensive day trips. This day tour covers over 113 nautical miles (209 kilometres) and takes in many fabulous sights of the southern coast.
After you make your way to Bankstown Airport, you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff who will give you a brief of the flight. Tea and coffee will be served. Should you prefer we can arrange transport at additional cost.
Soon after take-off we head south to fly over the historic city of Campbelltown. Campbelltown is located 50 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district. It gets its name from Elizabeth Campbell, the wife of former Governor of New South Wales Lachlan Macquarie. Originally called Campbell-Town, the name was later simplified to the current Campbelltown. Your pilot will continue to fly south to near the southern township of Appin avoiding the restricted control zone in the area. Once clear, the pilot will set course to fly directly to the coastline over Stanwell Park
This area was originally inhabited by the Wadi Wadi Aboriginal group. Stanwell Park is a picturesque coastal village and northern suburb of Wollongong. It is the northernmost point of the Illawarra coastal strip and lies south of Sydney’s Royal National Park. It is situated in a small valley between Bald Hill to the north, Stanwell Tops to the west and Mount Mitchell to the south. It has two lagoons from the village’s two creeks, Stanwell and Hargrave Creeks and a beach running between headlands. Stanwell Park was the name given to the farm established on the grant given to Matthew John Gibbons in 1824. He was given most of the area called Little Bulli which included present-day Stanwell Park and Coalcliff. The whole of Northern Illawarra went under the Aboriginal name Bulli which means rising up. Bulli remains the name of an Illawarra suburb further south of Stanwell Park.
This distinctive balanced cantilever bridge is located in the northern Illawarra region. The $52 million bridge links the coastal villages of Coalcliff and Clifton. It features two lanes of traffic, a cycleway and a walkway, the Sea Cliff Bridge boasts spectacular views and is a feature of the scenic Lawrence Hargrave Drive. The Sea Cliff Bridge replaced a section of Lawrence Hargrave Drive that was permanently closed in August 2003 due to regular rock falls.
Bellambi is a suburb of Wollongong in the Illawarra region of the South Coast. Bellambi is situated directly north of Corrimal and east of Russell Vale. Bellambi Point is a dune-capped shale point, which extends 600 metres seaward as Bellambi Reef. Either side of the point are two rock and reef-dominated beaches. Lookout for locals who enjoy fishing and surfing at this popular area of the South Coast.
Wollongong is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region and lies on the narrow coastal strip between the Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean, 82 kilometres south of the Sydney CBD. Wollongong IS the third largest city in New South Wales after Sydney and Newcastle. Wollongong occupies a narrow coastal plain between an almost continuous chain of surf beaches and the cliffline of the rainforest-covered Illawarra escarpment. It attracts many tourists each year, and is a regional centre for the South Coast fishing industry. Wollongong Harbour’s lighthouse at Flagstaff Point has been inactive since 1974. It stands 12 metre high and has a tapered round wrought iron tower with lantern, painted white. Wollongong is the only point on the eastern coast of Australia which has two lighthouses.
A beautiful little township 120 kilometres south of Sydney in the Illawarra. This seaside town features several popular surfing beaches, caravan parks and numerous alfresco cafes and restaurants. Its proximity to the south of Sydney makes it an attractive destination for a large number of day trippers. The name “Kiama” is derived from the Aboriginal word “kiarama”, which means “Place where the sea makes a noise”. Kiama is also known as the place where the mountains touch the sea. This is in reference to the Kiama Blowhole which attracts a large number of visitors each year. You will get a great view of the Kiama blow hole as your pilot files low over this famous feature.
Your pilot will now set a course to head north and back home to Bankstown. Soon after you leave Kiama you will fly over Wollongong Airport (also referred to as Illawarra Regional Airport. The airport is home to a growing Light Aeronautics Industry Cluster and is home to a range of tourism related operations. The Illawarra Regional Airport provides a cost effective alternative to the Sydney Basin airports for light aircraft users.
Upon your arrival back at Bankstown Airport, you can celebrate your tour of Kiama and South Coast with a glass of Champagne and a fine selection of picnic food to cap off a memorable day.