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. 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. Lord Howe Island Bird Week

    Wednesday 21 November 2018 to Saturday 24 November 2018 , 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…

    21 Nov - 24 Nov
  2. Summer Festival of Lord Howe Island

    Sunday 27 January 2019 to Friday 01 February 2019 , 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. Each morning guests can enjoy an energizing yoga practice by the ocean with celebrity…

    27 Jan - 01 Feb
  3. Lord Howe Island Rockfest

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2019 , Lord Howe Island

    The Lord Howe Island Rockfest is set to bring a buzzing atmosphere to the beautiful island. Locals and visitors alike eagerly anticipate the week long event, as it provides a showcase of free concerts and entertainment, in addition to…

  4. The Lord Howe Island Community Markets

    Event dates to be confirmed: April 2019 , Lord Howe Island

    The Lord Howe Island Community Markets are held on the last Sunday of every month and not held during the winter months. Markets are held at the Lord Howe Island Public Hall from 10:30 am until 12 noon. There is a great variety of…