GET ON BOARD: South Solitary Island helicopter tours return in August.
GET ON BOARD: South Solitary Island helicopter tours return in August. Contributed

Island tours offer an in-depth experience

HELICOPTER flights to South Solitary Island are set to return next month.

The distinctive visitor experience, coupled with a conservation program, are provided by Precision Helicopters in partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

NPWS ranger for South Solitary Island, Mark Watt, said the ongoing built and natural heritage maintenance program continued to enhance the appeal of South Solitary Island.

"Visiting the island is an amazing experience that I'm immensely proud of helping to facilitate," Mr Watt said.

"We provide two expert guides for each group of eight or nine passengers and those guides each have different areas of specialist knowledge.

"Not only do they convey the history of the most remote lightstation in NSW, the marine science side of things is covered too - and these tours take place at the height of the whale watching season."

Mr Watt said one of the NPWS' guides, Gumbaynggirr elder Uncle Mark Flanders, recounted stories that described the significance of the island for local Aboriginal people.

"Topping it all off, previous residents of the island join every tour to give visitors a first-hand experience of what is was like to live on such a remote location as a 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."

Tours are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, August 6-7, and Friday-Sunday, August 12-14.

For more information and tour bookings, contact Precision Helicopters on 6652 9988 or visit www.southsolitaryisland.com.au.



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