Nestled in a valley and set dramatically against the steep, forested cliffs of the Illawara Escarpment, Stanwell Park is a picturesque town around 26 km north of Wollongong, or about 59 km south of Sydney. It cradles Stanwell Park Beach and Reserve, a secluded yet popular family-friendly spot.
The Stanwell Park beach is a nice beach. There is space for water fun and space for a relaxing time at the sand.
Stanwell Park Beach is a pristine location with a large Reserve ideal for family picnic and barbecue. It is surrounded by bushland, and for those intending to bring pets, there is a small area of off lead dog friendly space. (Time sharing dog zone allows pet access to the beach on leash in summer before 9am and after 6pm, and in winter before 9am and after 4pm). There is a nice playground to keep children busy, and if you forgot to bring food, there's a beach kiosk that has pies, fish and chips, and others in the menu that any starving soul could gobble with glee.
The kiosk at the Stanwell Park Beach and Reserve has variety of food options.
An added bonus is the spectacle of watching hang gliders and paragliders launch from nearby Bald Hill (also known as Stanwell Tops) and land on the reserve or the adjacent beach. Bald Hill is internationally recognised as a major hang gliding point. On a fine day, the regularity of landings make the reserve look like a busy airport.