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Sydney, La Perouse

Sydney, La Perouse

The Sydney Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Base is situated at Cape Banks in the Botany National Park at La Perouse on the northern headland of Botany Bay.

This state of the art, purpose built operational facility which opened in 2006, is situated less than 200 metres from the coast giving the helicopter quick access to the coastal waters and cliffs, providing the most responsive service to the community of greater Sydney.

Cape Banks is at the heart of our service’s primary mission requests, a significant proportion of which are within 10-15 minutes flight of the Base. Our service is one of the principal agents that respond to rock fishing incidents along the NSW coast line and around thirty percent of these missions occur within a 20 km radius of the Base.

The Service is available 7 days a week and is able to reach either the Royal National Park or Sydney Harbour within 6 minutes and our operational area stretches from the Central Coast in the north to the Illawarra in the south.   Whilst we specialise in the coastal and marine environments we are called upon to provide aviation rescue services in the Blue Mountains on occasions.

Our Sydney Base is state-of-the-art and has been specifically designed as an aviation rescue base. Some of the facilities include:

  • An Operations Room where the duty crew is based whilst they are on shift. This room has a large communications hub allowing the rescue team to monitor radio communications from surf lifesaving services, council lifeguards, NSW Police, Marine Radio, the Government Radio Network, the Ambulance Service of NSW and Air Traffic Control 
  • Ready Room where the various rescue and emergency care equipment is stored in readiness for the next rescue 
  • Briefing Room that allows operations crews to prepare and plan form missions or training flights 
  • Living and accommodation facilities including two kitchens and lounge and ten bedrooms 
  • Maintenance and engineering facility. We carry out all our own maintenance and engineering services on our aircraft on site 
  • Hangar space for at least two large rescue helicopters
  • Office facilities’, training room, board room and a large open area that allows for presentations to large groups. 

Outside the building is large landing apron and to the south is an expansive grassed area for taxiing helicopters.


Sydney Base Sydney Base

Cape Banks Road
Botany Bay National Park
La Perouse NSW 2036

PO Box 61
Matraville NSW 2036

Phone: 02 9694 3100
or free call 1800 805 528
Fax: 02 9311 0041
Email: [email protected]

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