Your chance to experience solitary
SHIRLEY Northam and Barbara Atchison can't wait for the South Solitary Island tours to begin - because they get to relive so many fond memories of their time there.
Shirley, who lived on the island for four years in the 1950s, and Barbara, who lived there for six months in 1975, will both be on hand during the public tours this July to give first-hand accounts of what life on the island was really like.
“I love coming back here, it's such a beautiful place,” Shirley told The Coffs Coast Advocate yesterday.
As the lighthouse keeper's wife, Shirley said she loved life on the island and is excited about people coming to experience it.
“I never got bored, there was always something to do,” she said.
“There were many wonderful things that happened while I lived on the island but the one thing that really does stay with me is the feeling of peace you have.”
Barbara moved to the island when she was just 21-years-old and heavily pregnant with her first child.
Shirley and Barbara will be on the island during some of the tours from July 4 to 12.
A one-hour tour is $250 per person and includes return helicopter flights and a one-hour guided tour of the island.
The two-hour 'Premium Tour' is $490 per person and includes return helicopter flights, a one-hour guided tour and a further hour to experience the island with a gourmet lunch.
Bookings can be made through the Coffs Coast Visitor Information Centre on 1300 369 070, 6648 4990 or firstname.lastname@example.org