Tony Modra and his family received a private tour of The Bluff Lookout near Wirrabara and Port Pirie

BREATHTAKING: Tony Modra with Erica, Luke and Hayley at The Bluff Lookout.
BREATHTAKING: Tony Modra with Erica, Luke and Hayley at The Bluff Lookout.

As an AFL star, Tony Modra was used to flying high.

Now he and his family have soared to great heights at The Bluff Lookout near Wirrabara and Port Pirie.

It is not often visitors can receive a private tour of a top tourist destination by the local mayor.

But former Crows footballer Modra and his family consisting of wife Erica and children Hayley and Luke did just that.

The Modra family, of Waitpinga, were holidaying at Wirrabara during the new year and were taken to The Bluff Lookout by Mount Remarkable District Council Mayor Phil Heaslip.

"A mutual friend of ours got us together and asked me to take Tony and his family to the lookout and the old forest nursery," Mr Heaslip said.

"The lookout will be open to the public in 2021, we hope, so the family had an exclusive look at something that will be special for this region and a big boost for tourism.

"The Premier and state and federal Ministers have all come here to the lookout and absolutely loved it."

Subsequent to having a look at the area and the sweeping views, funding of $5 million each from the state and federal governments for the Remarkable Southern Flinders project was pledged.

"The project will primarily be run by the Department of Environment and Water and Regional Development Australia. I would like to highlight the input from the Premier Steven Marshall and Minister David Speirs. They have given us great support," Mr Heaslip said.

The Bluff Lookout offers views of Whyalla, Port Augusta, Port Pirie and Spencer Gulf.

"On a good day you can get to see Perth," Mr Heaslip joked.

Erica Modra said the family was "inspired" by the views from the lookout.

"It would have to be one of the most stunning views we have ever seen. It was breathtaking as it gives you an incredible perspective of the whole coast," Erica said.

"It was beautiful and we loved it and the region is a great part of the world.

"The mayor was awesome and a truly good bloke. He made us feel like locals," she said.

This story Modra still flying high first appeared on The Recorder.


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