Dammerels History Walk is a short, easy stroll that allows you to take in historic sites and the dramatic coastal views that encapsulate the pioneering heritage of South Solitary Island. Whale watching, and other wildlife and bird watching are recommended.
The Dammerels History Walk begins with a little footbridge that takes you across Stingray Creek to the southern part of the park. From there you will follow a winding sandy path through littoral rainforest, across boardwalks in the coastal she-oak and Banksia woodland, and then up to the headland. The headland, with great views right out to the Solitary Islands, is covered with lush Themeda grass, and is rich in history. Signage along the way provides ample information about the Dammerel family who took the job as full-time operators of the signal station in 1884. The story of the Dammerel family, and their life in an Australian lighthouse, is intriguing and tells of incredibly hard work, tragedy, mishap, and classic stories of love.
More local history is revealed along the walk including information detailing the workings of a 19th-century lighthouse, with its kerosene light; the story of the signal station that provided the only link to the mainland; and, an account of a maritime tragedy when, in 1886, two ships, the Keilawarra and Helen Nicoll collided. Only two bodies of the 48 who died in the accident washed ashore, and their graves are on Dammerels Headland.
Watch for wildlife like grazing eastern grey kangaroos, wallabies, goannas, and pythons. Pack a picnic and enjoy the scenic views and this fascinating portion of Australian history.