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. 30th Lord Howe Island Golf Open 2018

    Saturday 10 November 2018 to Friday 16 November 2018 , Lord Howe Island

    Each year in early November the Lord Howe Island Golf Open week is held with over AUD8,000 in prizes to be won. The entry fee includes welcome drinks, player’s pack, all green fees, buffet lunches on playing days and the concluding presenta…

    10 Nov - 16 Nov
  2. Lord Howe Island Bird Week

    Saturday 17 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 Islan…

    17 Nov - 24 Nov
  3. Lord Howe Island Dive Week

    Monday 03 December 2018 to Friday 07 December 2018 , Lord Howe Island

    Lord Howe Island has some of the best diving in the world. The coral reef system has a unique mix of tropical, subtropical and temperate marine life, and there are over 90 coral and 500 fish species. There are more than 80 dive sites around…

    03 Dec - 07 Dec