Named after the ship Volunteer, Volunteer Point is part of the Johnson’s Harbour Farm which covers around 36,000 acres. Volunteer beach is a 2 mile long white sandy beach, bordered by high grassy banks that provide ideal habitats for the world’s largest accessible colony of breeding King Penguins, there are colonies of Gentoo and Magellanic penguins here too; along with over 40 bird species including the South American tern, oyster catchers and rock cormorants to name but a few.
The Volunteer point King penguin colony is the largest in the Islands, with around 1,300 adults, rearing 400 chicks each year.
Exceptional photographic opportunities
Another jewel in the crown inviting your footprints is the remarkably stunning 2 mile long white sandy beach with its rolling waves and clear waters resembling somewhere altogether tropical on a sunny day. You may even get the chance to share the sand with the odd basking sea lion!
All your senses will be captivated and positively overwhelmed whilst forging everlasting memories. Exceptional photographic opportunities abound wherever you cast your eye.
Although there is no lodge accommodation available at Volunteer Point it is sometimes possible to stay at the Wardens House – this is based on individual requirements as space is very limited and no more than 4 people can stay at any one time. This is not a purpose built facility so please do not expect ensuite rooms and luxury furnishings but the warden offers a warm welcome and it is ideal for the avid photographer who wishes to stay until the last light fades! Most clients visit Volunteer Point as an organized day trip with driver/guide from Stanley by 4×4 vehicle – please ask for more details if an overnight stay is required.
The first hour of your journey (approximately 2.5 hours each way) is on undulating gravel roads passing through the mountains lying to the north-west of Stanley. The unusual rock formations locally known as stone runs will not escape your attention as they effortlessly flow down the hillsides. En-route your driver-guide will talk you through the highlights and will be more than happy to answer any questions that spring to mind.
Once you reach Johnson’s Harbour Farm the adventurous part begins with the remaining 12 miles (approximately one and a half hours) driven overland on an uneven white grass route. Your driver-guide will expertly navigate the terrain, but please be aware that your vehicle will undoubtedly bump and sway whilst encountering small ditches, streams and peat bogs along the way.