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Tours of the Island -
Access is restricted - Tours are run only once a year.

Precision HelicoptersNational Parks & Wildlife  Current Tours

 Next tours are:

 

2015

(dates yet to be determined)
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 The Lighthouse was automated in 1975 with all Keeper's and families leaving the island at this time.

The island has been abandoned since 1975, the Keeper's Quarters being left to the elements and the birds!

Access is restricted with the only chance to visit the island and view the quarters is by the tours held once a year by National Parks & Wildlife and Precision Helicopters 

Booking Details - Precision Helicopters
Call Jo (02) 6652 9988
email: precisionhelis@bigpond.com


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Visit South Solitary Island which is located
18kms from Coffs Harbour, NSW.
Rarely does an opportunity like this present itself as the
lighthouse island is normally closed to the public.
Inspect the lighthouse keeper's quarters which were built in 1880 and imagine living in this isolated outpost.
 
Included in this fantastic offer is an interpretive guided tour by National Parks and Wildlife Rangers
and return helicopter flights.
 
View the beautiful Coffs Coast with Precision Helicopters as they fly you to one of the most remote island
lighthouses in NSW.
Inside the Lighthouse
 
Previous Tours
 

Bonus - newsflash......
 
You will meet ex residents on the island.  Talk to people that lived and worked on the island - they will be with you on your tours!

 There are 3 Tour Options

1 Hour Superior Lightstation Tour -
including Lighthouse visitation 
 
2 Hour Premium Lightstation Tour -
an extra hour on the island plus Lighthouse visitation
 
3 Hour Unique Lightstation Tour
Specialised Tour -  limited to 3 visitors
 
Please read Terms and Conditions carefully before booking.
 

Booking Details - Precision Helicopters
Call Jo (02) 6652 9988
email: precisionhelis@bigpond.com

Part proceeds of your tickets go into a
Heritage & Maintenance Fund
just for South Solitary Island
 
You will help to save the island!
 
     View from the top!
 
 

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Superior Lightstation Tour,

includes ex-resident on the island*, tour of Lighthouse,
tour of Keepers Quarters.

1 Hour Tour inc Lighthouse - $360.00 per person -

You will need to arrive 5 minutes prior to the allocated tour time for check-in.
Please allow yourself 2 hours.

 What to Expect:

·           The visit on the island will be for 1 hour with an approximate 12 minute helicopter flight each way.

·           Tours will be conducted in small groups.

·           Once you have had a full safety briefing of the helicopter, the group will fly to the island.

·           On the island you will be taken on a fully guided interpretive tour by NPWS Rangers.

·           The tour will include inspecting some rooms of the Head lighthouse keepers quarters.

·           You will have the good fortune to inspect the Lighthouse and ascend the spiral staircase to view the magical panorama from the Light Tower balcony and Rangers will enlighten you with fascinating facts of the Lighthouse.

·           On the island will be a person who had lived on the island when the Lighthouse was not automated - listen to amazing stories of life hardships. *to be confirmed in July

·     Groups will stay together on formed concrete paths, children must be supervised at all times.

·     Return to Coffs Harbour Airport after the tour. 

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Premium Lightstation Tour, includes 1 hour extra, ex-resident on island*, tour of Lighthouse, tour of Keepers Quarters, walk down to gantry

2 hour Tour inc Lighthouse -$490.00 per person -

You will need to arrive 5 minutes prior to the allocated tour time for check-in.
Please allow yourself 3 hours.

 What to Expect: 

·      Your visit to the island will be for 2 hours with an approximate 12 min helicopter flight each way.

·      Tours will be conducted in small groups.

·      Once you have had a full safety briefing of the helicopter, the group will fly to the island.

·      On the island you will be taken on a fully guided 2 hour interpretive tour by NPWS Rangers.

·      The tour will include inspecting some rooms of the Head lighthouse keepers quarters, an opportunity to hear some stories of life on the island before it was automated in 1975 and a walk down to the old gantry.

·      You will have the good fortune to inspect the Lighthouse and ascend the spiral staircase to view the magical panorama from the Light Tower balcony and Rangers will enlighten you with fascinating facts of the Lighthouse.

·      On the island will be a person who had lived on the island when the Lighthouse was not automated - listen to amazing stories of life hardships. * to be confirmed in July

·      An opportunity for a more relaxed pace of experience on the island, where participants can more readily absorb the unique environmental ambience of the island and follow their imagination as it wanders back through time to ponder the colourful times gone by of generations of lighthouse keeper and their families.  Time also to engage in casual conversation under the eves of the restored keepers cottage with Rangers, all the while spotting for the blow of humpback whales on their migration to more northern breeding grounds. 

·      Groups will stay on formed concrete paths, children must be supervised at all times.

·      Return to Coffs Harbour Airport after the tour.

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Unique Lightstation Tour

3 hours - $950.00 per person 
You will need to arrive 5 minutes prior to the allocated tour time for check-in.
Please allow yourself 4 hours.

Wildlife Special Whale Breaching

Offering a longer stay on the island, a smaller group size and a more intimate experience, the Wildlife Special includes key aspects of the standard guided tour of the island and around the light station with an added focus on experiencing the wildlife of South Solitary Island and surrounding Solitary Islands Marine Park. 

Record numbers of Humpback Whales are moving past the NSW North Coast on their migratory journey to reach warmer water off Queensland in which to breed and give birth.  South Solitary Island can be a magnet for whales which often linger around the island to rest and play.  Join NPWS Discovery Rangers to watch out for these awesome marine mammals using powerful viewing scopes and binoculars and learn more about whale behaviour and biology.  Other wildlife experiences at South Solitary Island can include encounters with dolphins, turtles and seabirds such as migrating Albatross. 

Minimum Group size is three and bookings are essential.

Art & Photography Special 

The cottage verandah.Offering a longer stay on the island, a smaller group size and a more intimate experience, the Art & Photography Special includes key aspects of the standard guided tour of the island and around the light station with an added focus on appreciating and capturing its ambience and visual qualities. 

The South Solitary Island Lighthouse and Keepers' Quarters is a dramatic landmark feature with an Head Keepers Cottageimpressive visual quality in a harsh cliff top setting.  The natural and cultural heritage and architecture of South Solitary Island and its light station offers infinite inspiration for artistic expression.  Join NPWS Discovery Rangers to discover the contextual background to the imagery of the island and landscape and take time to capture it. 

Minimum Group size is three and bookings are essential.  Note: see Terms & Conditions regarding Commercial Photography. 

For All Tours:

What to bring:

·        One small backpack per group (booking), water, camera, sunglasses, good hat that stays on in a strong breeze!, sun cream, waterproof jacket if showery.

·        Wear long sleeved clothing and flat sturdy footwear, NO thongs or slip on sandals.

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Departing from:

Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450

departure location of 2015 tours
to be advised on booking.
 

A good level of mobility is required.

Full Terms & Conditions  

Booking Details - Precision Helicopters
Call Jo (02) 6652 9988
email: precisionhelis@bigpond.com

Numbers are limited. Extra days may be released.

Time for home.....

time to leave......

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