Become a Member

Join F.O.S.S.I.L today

The Friends of South Solitary Island Lighthouse is a group made up of dedicated individuals who want to preserve the history of the South Solitary Island Lighthouse.

As a not for profit community organisation, your membership supports:

upkeep and maintenance of the historic South Solitary Lighthouse and buildings in conjunction with NPWS
valuable research and documentation of the history of the Lighthouse – documented, visual and aural
public exhibits and events to promote and celebrate the history of the SSIL
maintenance and upkeep of the Optic housing at the Jetty

Membership Benefits

Unique Volunteer Opportunities, both on and off the Island

First Round Invitations to public FOSSIL events

Discounts on Public Ticketed Events

Member Newsletter

Member Only Social Events

Voting Rights at Meetings

Ability to join Committee and Sub Committees

Opportunity to assist events and event planning

Sign up for membership for just $15 per year

Membership Form


Alternatively you can download and print a manual paper application and arrange payment via bank transfer. 


A group to share experiences, photos, videos and all things lighthouse, particularly South Solitary Island Lighthouse.


Friends of South Solitary Island Lighthouse Inc. is a not for profit community organisation. Discover what your membership helps support and how you can get involved.


Explore the timeline of the South Solitary Island lighthouse from the initial idea from Government 1856, to the opening of the lighthouse in 1880, right through to current day.

Do you have a story to share about the history of the South Solitary Island Lighthouse? 

Submit your SSIL Story

First Head Keeper appointed and Light first exhibited

First known helicopter lands on the island

Lighthouse automated and all residents leave

New home for the lighthouse optic at the jetty foreshores

First Order Chance Brothers Optic finds its home at the Jetty Foreshores

The new home for the 143 year old First Order Chance Brothers optic from South Solitary Island Lighthouse will soon attract thousands to the Jetty Foreshores to see this iconic piece of Coffs Harbour’s and Australia’s maritime history.

Keep an eye out for news of events planned surrounding the official opening.

Sign up to receive the F.O.S.S.I.L newsletter