Lord Howe Island Guide
Lord Howe Island Holidays
Regarded as one of Australia's most pristine island locations, UNESCO World Heritage site Lord Howe Island offers an unparalleled holiday experience. Soaring blue skies, crystal clear oceans and dramatic, unspoiled scenery await all those who visit Lord Howe Island, a place that is considered by many to be one of the most scenic locations in the country. Located 372 miles east of Port Macquarie and connected to the mainland by daily commuter flights, only 400 tourists are allowed on the island at any one time, ensuring it remains one of Australia's best protected wildlife habitats.
As the island is only 6 miles in length, all of Lord Howe Island's attractions are located within close proximity of each other. Outdoor activities dominate most lists of things to do on Lord How Island, with swimming, diving and bushwalking just some of the popular activities to partake in. The island also boasts 11 beaches of outstanding natural beauty, with Ned's Beach arguably its most famous. Here you can hand-feed the fish and enjoy superb snorkelling close to the shoreline, or otherwise laze on the sandy beach to take in the stunning views. Should a spot of bird-watching take your fancy, the island is renowned as one of the best places in Australia for ornithology.
Eat and Drink
Despite its diminutive size, Lord Howe Island restaurants do exist and they're a great place to unwind at the end of a day packed with outdoor activities. Dining options range from casual cafes to upmarket seafood restaurants, with Pinetrees Lodge one of the most popular on the island. Pandanus is renowned for the breadth of its high-quality menu, although locally caught kingfish remains an eternal favourite. Several of the island's restaurants are fully licensed, though the best place to enjoy a drink is either the local bowling club or the golf club which adorns the island's 9-hole course.
Lord Howe Island like a Local
The remnants of a shield volcano, Lord Howe Island is an ideal destination for hiking. Many locals have made the pilgrimmage to the top of Mount Gower on the southern tip of the island, and the trek is now rated one of the best one-day hikes in the world. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views from atop the 875-metre summit before embarking on the dramatic, rope-assisted descent down the mountain. Neighbouring Mount Lidgbird is a slightly easier climb and provides a sweeping view of the native Kentia Palms which make up Lord Howe Island's most lucrative export item.