Lord Howe Island

You’ll feel special on Lord Howe Island, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage paradise 700km northeast of Sydney. Only 400 visitors are allowed on the treasured island at any one time to experience the unique natural attractions, from the vivid coral reef to the famous twin peaks.

An iridescent blue marine park surrounds the small island group, where scores of seabirds nest. The world’s southernmost coral reef protects a crystal-clear lagoon perfect for swimming, snorkelling and other water sports. You can also conquer Mount Gower on one of the best walks in Australia.

Hiking to Mount Gower on Lord Howe Island, Australia

You’ll need a guide for the day trek to Mount Gower, on the main island’s southern end. There are gentle walks, too, such as Valley of the Shadows among Banyan trees and Kentia palms. You can spot red-tailed tropicbirds perform their spectacular airborne courting displays on the Malabar Hill walk.

QantasLink offers regular flights from Sydney and weekend flights from Brisbane to the island. Regular twice weekly charter flights from Port Macquarie through Eastern Tour Services are also available. Places to stay range from apartments to luxury retreats, and there are rejuvenating spa treatments and delicious restaurants. You can even play golf on a picturesque nine-hole course with postcard vistas.

Couple enjoying a round of golf at Lord Howe Island Golf Course.

The pristine waters are home to more than 500 fish species and 90 corals. A marvellous way to see the corals, brightly coloured fish and turtles is on a glass-bottom boat and snorkelling tour. You can also hand-feed fish at Ned’s Beach, in a sanctuary zone where recreational fishing is not allowed.

The marine park is one of the best diving spots in the world, with more than 60 dive sites. Around Ball’s Pyramid, the world’s tallest sea stack, the underwater world is home to a coral wall with huge soft coral fans, as well as rare Spanish dancers and protected Ballina angelfish. Tours operate here during fine conditions. 

Fishing is popular, with game fish including marlin, wahoo and tuna. A catch-and-release policy is encouraged on the island, which was discovered in 1788 by the British ship HMS Supply. To find out about local charters and others tours, as well as the island’s history, stop by the Lord Howe Island Museum and Visitor Centre.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. LHI Conservation Volunteer Program

    Wednesday 01 May 2019 to Monday 30 September 2019 , Lord Howe Island

    Lord Howe Island, located 600 kilometres off the New South Wales coast, is renowned for its spectacular scenery, important breeding grounds for colonies of seabirds, and its rich biodiversity including many endangered and critically…

    01 May - 30 Sep
  2. Idris Murphy Workshop Getaway - Lord Howe Island

    Wednesday 24 July 2019 to Sunday 28 July 2019 , Lord Howe Island

    Join Idris Murphy on Lord Howe Island for six days of painting. Described by locals as the 'Last Paradise', Lord Howe Island provides breathtaking landscape and natural beauty not found anywhere else. Idris' work is held in the public…

    24 Jul - 28 Jul
  3. Lord Howe Island Bird Week

    Saturday 16 November 2019 to Saturday 23 November 2019 , Lord Howe Island

    Lord Howe Island is Australia's premier bird watching destination, with 14 species of seabirds breeding here in hundreds of thousands. The island also boasts more than 130 permanent and migratory bird species, among them the Lord Howe…

    16 Nov - 23 Nov
  4. Summer Festival of Lord Howe Island

    Monday 27 January 2020 to Friday 31 January 2020 , Lord Howe Island

    The Summer Festival of Lord Howe Island at Pinetrees is a week of adventure, fun, fitness, food, wine and music, all in perfect Summer weather. Days are filled with a choice of different guided adventure activities (some of which…

    27 Jan - 31 Jan