Chopper trip a rare island tour

ONE of the jewels in the crown of the Coffs Coast is once again being opened for business.

Exclusive helicopter tours to the spectacular South Solitary Island are being offered to residents and tourists alike during July and August, thanks to the joint venture between the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Coffs Coast Marketing and Precision Helicopters.

The rare opportunity will allow you to fly to South Solitary Island, enjoy a guided tour of the island, the lighthouse and other deserted buildings before flying back.

“The tours offer visitors something rare and special and are a strong point-of-difference that highlight the diversity of Coffs Coast,” Coffs Coast Marketing’s tourism manager Glenn Caldwell said.

“They are a great example of how nature and business can work hand-in-hand to produce not just a wonderful experience for visitors but economic benefits for the region and a heightened awareness of the value of our local wildlife, landscape and history.”

First up on the tour, visitors will be transported to the island by helicopter while taking in the breathtaking views over Coffs Harbour, the marina, the coastline and the Pacific Ocean. You may even see migrating whales.

After landing on South Solitary Island, National Parks and Wildlife Services rangers will take you on a fully guided interpretive tour of the island, lighthouse and the keeper’s living quarters and school-house.

“The tours have proven hugely popular in recent years and it is a pleasure to work with NPWS and Precision Helicopters in bringing South Solitary Island a little closer to us all,” Mr Caldwell said.

There are only a limited number of the tours on Saturday, July 24, and Sunday, July 25, then again on Saturday, July 31, and Sunday, August 1, at a range of different prices.

There will be an extra-special three-hour tour on Friday, July 30.

Bookings are essential as spaces are strictly limited. Group bookings are also available.

To book contact the Coffs Coast Visitor Information Centre on 1300 369 070, or for enquiries visit the Precision Helicopters website at www.precisionhelicopters.com.au



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