Lord Howe Island
Access to Lord Howe Island is currently restricted due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Only Lord Howe Island residents and people providing essential services are allowed to travel to the island. Tourists are not permitted.
An island paradise with pristine beaches, abundant wildlife and just 300 residents, UNESCO World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island is a unique and untouched destination. A two hour flight from Sydney, only 400 visitors are allowed on the treasured island at any one time to experience its incredible natural attractions.
Lord Howe Island Marine Park
The pristine waters are home to more than 500 species of fish and 90 species of coral. A wonderful way to see the reef, colourful 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 fishing is not allowed.
Enjoy snorkelling in the iridescent blue playground that surrounds the island, where scores of seabirds nest. The world’s southernmost coral reef protects a crystal-clear lagoon perfect for swimming and other water sports. Plot your escape to Lord Howe to coincide with one of four Swim Weeks or the annual Summer Festival.
The Lord Howe Island Marine Park is one of the best diving spots in the world, with more than 60 dive sites. The underwater world around Ball’s Pyramid, the world’s tallest sea stack, is home to a coral wall with giant coral fans, as well as rare Spanish dancers and protected Ballina angelfish.
You’ll need a guide for the challenging day trek to Mount Gower on the island’s southern end. There are gentle walks too, such as Valley of the Shadows amid groves of Banyan trees and Kentia palms. You can also spot red-tailed tropicbirds perform their spectacular airborne courting displays on the Malabar Hill walk.
Catch garfish from the shore or join a fishing tour and head outside the reef to catch wahoo, kingfish, marlin and yellowfin tuna. Commercial fishing is not allowed around the island, so you'll find an abundance of fish. Be sure to check the regulations before you head out as there are sanctuary zones in the marine park and limits apply on certain species.
Getting there and where to stay
Lord Howe Island is 700km northeast of Sydney. QantasLink offers regular flights from Sydney and weekend flights from Brisbane. Twice-weekly charter flights from Port Macquarie through Eastern Tour Services are also available. Places to stay range from apartments to luxury retreats, with rejuvenating spa treatments and restaurants available, too.