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Friends of South Solitary Island Lighthouse (FOSSIL)

Friends of South Solitary Island Lighthouse (FOSSIL)

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About Us

A not-for-profit group of volunteers working to assist with the maintenance and preservation of South Solitary Island lightstation. We like to share experiences, photos, and videos of all things lighthouse related for members with an interest in historic and maritime heritage.

One of only two island lighthouses in New South Wales, South Solitary Island is situated approximately 18km off the coast of Coffs Harbour.  The buildings were constructed in 1880 and are considered to be the oldest in the area. The lighthouse was automated in 1975 by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and the island abandoned for over 25 years until it came into the care of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)

The island is only accessible to the public when annual tours are conducted by NPWS in cooperation with FOSSIL and Precision Helicopters.  Guided tours are conducted by NPWS Discovery Rangers who are accompanied by ex-residents of the island.

Members of FOSSIL participate in working bees several times a year to support NPWS with maintenance of the Head Keepers and Assistant Keepers Quarters, along with weed control and other maintenance activities on the island.  To become a member of FOSSIL, go to Register Now or explore their Facebook page for more information.


Quick Facts About The Region

Friends of South Solitary Island Lighthouse (FOSSIL) is located in the suburb of Coffs Harbour, the council of Coffs Harbour and the federal electorate of Cowper.