Lightstation birthday visit

EIGHTY-FIVE lucky locals will get to visit the South Solitary Island lightstation on October 7 as part of the National Parks and Wildlife Service's (NPWS) 40th birthday celebrations.

Coffs Coast Area Manager, Glenn Storrie said the NPWS has been looking at ways of allowing people to experience the remotest lighthouse station on Australia's east coast.

"Working with the Coffs Coast Advocate and a local company, Precision Helicopters, the NPWS is able to offer this exclusive tour at a significantly subsidised cost of $35 per person," he said.

"Only 85 seats will be available on the day which will include return helicopter flights and a one-hour guided tour of the island and buildings.

"With limited seats there will be a ballot for this unique opportunity which will provide the fairest way for those who have always wanted to see the island and lighthouse keepers' buildings to get their chance.

"The tour will include entering two rooms in one of the lighthouse keepers' cottages. Although the insides of the buildings have not been renovated and have suffered from the many years since the island was abandoned in 1975 when the lighthouse was automated, they show what life was like for the lighthouse keepers and their families."

The ballot for the chance to buy tickets will be held on the 24th September.

To be in the draw for a chance to visit South Solitary Island, you will need to fill in the entry form which will appear in the Coffs Coast Advocate each day from Monday to Friday next week.

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