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


A group to share experiences, photos, videos and all things lighthouse, particularly SSI  Lighthouse.


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

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.

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