Rare chance to visit lighthouse island
NEXT month brings the opportunity to be one of the fortunate few to visit the remarkable South Solitary Island.
The lighthouse island was abandoned in 1975 when the light station was de-manned and the lighthouse became automated.
National Parks and Wildlife opens the island to visitors for guided tours for just two weekends a year.
The island contains a lighthouse, head keeper's quarters and two assistant keeper's quarters, which were built in 1880 and are considered the oldest in the area.
Access to South Solitary Island is only possible by helicopter, with Precision Helicopters providing a journey back in time with an interpretive guided tour with National Parks Rangers and former residents of the island.
Don't miss your chance to inspect the lighthouse and ascend the spiral staircase to view the magical vista from the light tower balcony; you might even see the blow of humpback whales on their northern migration.
One and two hour tours operate on Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19 and 25-26, with a three hour tour operating on Friday, July 24.
To book these limited tickets phone Precision Helicopters on 6652 9988 or visit www.southsolitaryisland.com.au.