Shaped like an irregular crescent, the volcanic island of Lord Howe is often compared to paradise. There is no mobile phone reception, the commonest form of transport is bicycle and nobody hurries anywhere. Most of the population live in the island’s north, which is bordered by picture-perfect beaches and lapped by crystal-clear ocean.
Accessible only on foot or by boat, North Bay is home to a huge variety of colourful undersea life as well as a fascinating 60 year-old shipwreck. To the east lies Blinky Beach, beloved for its champagne surf. Situated at the heart of Lord Howe Island, Transit Hill offers gorgeous panoramic vistas, while the sparsely inhabited south is dominated by the soaring peaks of Mount Lidgbird and Mount Gower.
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Snorkel amid kaleidoscopic coral at Old Settlement Beach or hand-feed eager mullet, emperor and wrasse at Neds Beach. Wander the brooding Valley of the Shadows on the island’s eastern shore, and trek up Mount Gower, Lord Howe Island’s highest mountain. From the summit, you might spot Balls Pyramid, the world’s tallest sea stack. Sailing to this 551m-high peak is highly recommended, and scuba divers here are often circled by vast schools of marlin, runners and dolphin.
- Awe-inspiring scenery
- Unique eco-systems, rare flora and fauna
- World’s southernmost coral reef
- Stunning Mount Lidgbird and Mount Gower
- Magnificent opportunities for outdoor adventures
- Remoteness, tranquillity and timelessness
- Picture-perfect Old Settlement Beach
- Ned’s Beach fish feeding
- Ball’s Pyramid
Accommodation on Lord Howe Island
Suggested Tours Featuring Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island is a 2-hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane, with seasonal services operating from Port Macquarie. Strict luggage limits (14kg per person) apply on all Lord Howe Island flights.
Part of the state of New South Wales, a visit to Lord Howe Island fits well with other highlights of eastern Australia such as Sydney, the Blue Mountains, and Tropical North Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.