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Stanwell Park Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club was formed around “1976”.

Our inspiration and heritage owes its origins to an engineer, explorer, astronomer, inventor and aeronautical pioneer, Laurence Hargrave. He is remembered by Australians on the old $20 note that was in circulation between 1966 and 1994.

In 1893, he wrote…

“The flying machine of the future will not be born fully fledged and capable of a flight for 1000 miles or so. Like everything else it must be evolved gradually. The first difficulty is to get a thing that will fly at all. When this is made, a full description should be published as an aid to others. Excellence of design and workmanship will always defy competition.”

As a club, we also live and fly with the same passion Laurence devoted to his flying machines and our site is made famous by the historical significance he left behind, as this was the location he chose to live, and to experiment with his flying machines.

It is so very easy to be completely immersed in the sheer beauty and expanse of the wonderful Royal national Park to our North and the magnificent scenic flight along the ridge to Bulli pass to our South, a total coastal ridge flying distance of some 30km.

As pilots and members at Australia’s Premier and one of the World’s most well known tourist attractions and coastal flying sites, we believe strongly in living by Laurence Hargrave’s philosophy.

The Flystanwell Club welcomes all pilots to come and share in our history whilst enjoying the wonderful club atmosphere and spectacular scenery that is the mountain ranges surrounding the lovely Wollongong Shire.


Club Name Change Survey

May 29th, 2020|0 Comments

For many years SPHGPC known as Stanwell Park Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club has been the name we have used to denote our club. However, this is not actually the registered club name. Our club [...]

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Rules of the Air

Gliders approaching head on must both turn to the right!

Site Briefing

Sometimes for safety reasons it is necessary to cease flying operations on the hill and clear the air. E.g Helicopter evacuation of injured pilots.

If this happens the procedure will be for the duty pilot to place a large white cross on the ground at the front of the hill.

They will also sound an air horn three times in quick succession to try to draw the attention of those pilots who may not have visibility of the cross. On seeing the cross or hearing the horn all pilots are required to land as soon as it is safe to do so.

If for some reason you have not seen the cross or heard the horn but you do see a helicopter approaching the area keep a safe distance away from the helicopter and land as soon as it is safe to do so.

Remember the helicopter may land near to our usual landing area in which case you must choose a suitable area at a safe distance away from it to land

Pilot Restrictions

All Pilots Must Be Financial Club Members

It is a requirement of this club that all pilots are financial club members.

Site rating is intermediate to advanced pilots.

Student and Novice Pilots must be supervised by a Safety Officer or Instructor.

Launch Areas

Bald Hill Has Two Main Launch Areas

South East Launch

East Face Launch

  • Novice Pilots must not attempt to launch from the East Face without supervision from a Safety Officer
  • East face is not suitable for launch in SSE-SSW wind directions

Landing Areas

There are 2 Landing Areas


  • do not attempt to land in the park
  • the chute is not suitable for landing when wind is south

South Top Landing Area

Flystanwell Committee

Murat Winter
Murat WinterPresident
Zane Priebbenow
Zane PriebbenowVice President
Tom McDonald
Tom McDonaldSecretary
Mark Mitsos
Mark MitsosTreasurer
Royce Allenson
Royce AllensonLiaison
Larry Davis
Larry DavisOperations
Tony Armstrong
Tony ArmstrongAssistant Operations
Ben McMillan
Ben McMillanMedia