Lift-off

Scenic flights on of­fer in Kar­ratha

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Sight­seers will now be able to get to the skies above Kar­ratha af­ter a Kim­ber­ley-based he­li­copter tour com­pany was cleared for take-off last week.

HeliSpirit has started op­er­at­ing scenic flights over in­dus­try on the Bur­rup Penin­sula, the is­lands of the Dampier Ar­chi­pel­ago and the rugged West Pil­bara coast.

There are three pack­ages on of­fer: an 18-minute, 30-minute and 45-minute flight leav­ing from the new land­ing pad behind the Kar­ratha Vis­i­tor Cen­tre.

Kar­ratha Vis­i­tor Cen­tre man­ager Jane Knapp said to be able to show­case the Dampier Ar­chi­pel­ago was an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity.

“I have been out there on a boat, but what you can see by air — the dol­phins, the dugongs, the sharks, the whole ex­pe­ri­ence — you re­ally get to see what our home is like,” she said.

“I think for a com­pany like HeliSpirit to have recog­nised the po­ten­tial here, that re­ally means we have some­thing worth show­ing off.”

Ms Knapp said there was po­ten­tial to de­velop fur­ther prod­ucts with HeliSpirit as the com­pany es­tab­lished it­self in the re­gion.

HeliSpirit man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael McConachy said the flights would al­low cus­tomers to ex­pe­ri­ence the nat­u­ral coast­line, while also see­ing the con­trast of the iron ore, salt and LNG in­dus­tries of the area.

“I was amazed by the beauty of the is­lands and the abun­dant ma­rine life, and am ex­cited to show­case the re­gion to lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike,” he said.

“The sup­port from the City of Kar­ratha and the Kar­ratha Vis­i­tors Cen­tre has been fun­da­men­tal in HeliSpirit mak­ing the de­ci­sion to de­velop this new Pil­bara tourism prod­uct.”

Picture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha Vis­i­tor Cen­tre man­ager Jane Knapp and HeliSpirit pi­lot Nathan Piper with one of the com­pany's he­li­copters in Kar­ratha.

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