This is one of our most popular scenic tours because it showcases Sydneys magnificent coastline and world famous beaches. The Sydney coastal flight takes you past many well known coastal landmarks and beaches such as Maroubra Beach, Coogee Beach, famous Bondi Beach, and Manly Beach.
Sydney coastal flight over famous Sydney beaches. As you can see from the flight map above, this flight starts at Bankstown Airport and heads south and then over the coast to eventually fly north to give you the best and expansive view of our most magnificent coastline. You will also get a great view of Sydney Harbour during this flight and we get very close to the action because most of the flight over the coastline will be conducted at 500 feet above the water. It is a requirement to wear life vests for this particular flight.
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.
Jibbon Point marks the southern side of the entrance to Port Hacking. Port Hacking is located in southern Sydney, approximately 30 kilometres south of Sydney central business district. Port Hacking has its source in the upper reaches of the Hacking River and several smaller creeks, including Bundeena Creek and The Basin and flows generally to the east before reaching its mouth.
From this point on, most of the coastal flight will be conducted at 500 feet above the water. This allows you to get a great view of the scenery and we avoid the aircraft operating near Sydney’s international airport – Kingsford-Smith.
With the coastline on the left side of the aircraft, we now fly north and view some of Sydney’s most famous beaches. They are…
See if you can spot them all..if you have any problems, just ask the pilot.
Between the beaches of Tamarama and Manly, your pilot will fly you over Sydney Heads. This is the entrance to Sydney Harbour where you can get a fantastic view of the harbour with Sydney City in the background.
Having flown over some of Sydney’s most lovely coastline and beaches, we arrive over Long Reef. Long Reef is a headland that sits between Collaroy Beach and Dee Why Beach. This is a popular spot for walkers that provides spectacular views. From here your pilot will set a course west to head back home via Hornsby, Dural and Prospect Reservoir.
Upon your arrival back at Bankstown Airport, you can celebrate your Sydney Coastal Tour with glass of Champagne and a fine selection of picnic food to cap off a memorable day.