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