South Solitary Island helicopter tour tickets on sale and tipped to sell out fast

Tickets are now available for the popular helicopter flights to South Solitary Island which begin in August.

Solitary Island with Lightstation from Moonee Beach Nature Reserve Solitary Islands Coastal Walk at twilight with people in the foreground

Tickets are now on sale and expected to sell out very quickly to this remote island situated 9kms to the east of Coffs Harbour.

NPWS Ranger Mark Watt said the popular guided tours are only available for a few weekends each year and are made possible by a partnership between National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Precision Helicopters.

“For those lucky enough to secure a seat, visiting the island is an amazing experience that I’m immensely proud of helping to facilitate,” Mr Watt said.

“This year’s tours are significant as they mark ten years of collaboration and partnership between NPWS and Precision Helicopters, which enables many conservation programs to be implemented.

“The on-going built and natural heritage maintenance program continues to enhance the island’s appeal.

“We provide two expert guides for each group of eight or nine passengers. The guides have specialist knowledge and convey scientific marine information and the history of the Lightstation, considered to be the most remote Station on the NSW coast.

“The tours also take place at the height of the whale watching season.

“One of our guides is Gumbaynggirr Elder, Uncle Mark Flanders, who conveys the cultural dimension by recounting stories that describe the significance of the island for local Aboriginal people.

“And to top it all off, previous residents of the Island join every tour to give visitors a first-hand experience of what it was like to live on such a remote location as a child family member, or employee.

“There’s no other Lightstation experience quite as immersive as this in NSW and certainly none featuring such an exciting mode of transport!” Mr Watt said.

The tours are scheduled between Saturday 5 and Sunday 13 August 2017.

For more information and tour bookings contact Precision Helicopters on (02) 6652 9988.

South Solitary Island helicopter tour

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