Welcome to Lord Howe Island.
The absolute perfect place for a tropical getaway.
This crescent-shaped island is the property of Australia and most of the 350 residents live in a 1.5 mile stretch on the north coast of this island.
There are so many reasons to consider this location for a holiday.
Where is Lord Howe Island located?
This island is part of an atoll comprising 28 different islets, rocks and islands. The atoll is in the Tasman Sea. If you’re trying to find it on a map, look 480 miles northwest of Sydney, Australia. Or you can also find it by looking 370 miles east of Port Macquarie, New South Wales.
How to get to Lord Howe Island?
You can either sail a yacht to the island or you can fly. Flights leave Sydney, Australia, almost daily. Other flights leave Brisbane, Australia, regularly.
What are Some Things to do on This Island?
There are many things to do on this island. Nature lovers find it difficult to decide what activity they would like to do first. Almost everywhere is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. It is easy to spend vacation staring at their unspoiled beauty.
Visit the Beaches
Many people come to this island to play on its beaches. The most popular beaches with visitors are the rocky ones found near Little Island.
In the north part of the island, visit Cobbys Corner. Bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy while listening to the water lap quietly on the nearby shore. Visitors should turn around to see more views of the mountains.
Consider heading north towards sunset to Middle Beach. The view is stunning as the sun gently kisses the water and the mountains on its way to bed. It is a beautiful place for a glass of wine.
Head to Neds Beach. Rent a boogie board for unforgettable rides. Since the water is quiet, it is the perfect place for novices to learn this sport.
Hikers find many wonderful hikes allowing them to reconnect with nature. The unspoiled beauty of this island is truly amazing. The variety of birds indigenous to this island is astonishing.
Hikers in good physical condition should consider hiking on the Mt. Gower walk. It is best to take a guide along. This hike goes from sea level to 2,871 feet. It takes about eight hours to complete, so be sure to get an early start. While the hike can be challenging, the unique mist forest at the top of Mt. Gower makes it worthwhile.
From March to September, watch for the Providence petrel (Pterodroma solandri). This bird often swoops through the air pulling unbelievable aerobatic stunts. During this hike, hikers find themselves plastered against cliffs. They may want to hold on to ropes for dear life.
Travelers not up for the Mt. Gower summit hike, need to consider the Kims Lookout Circuit Hike. Many hikers are thankful for the rest stops as they climb the 750 stairs on this hike through the forest. Enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Gower, Old Settlement Beach and Neds Beach. Make a complete day out by biking to Old Settlement Beach to start this hike on the well-marked path.
Another thrilling hiking opportunity is to climb to Goat House Cave. The path starts right beyond the golf course. Over the course of 3.5 miles, climb up and descend 1,475 feet. The scenery is worth the effort. Again, hikers will be thankful for the ropes to guide their way up the final ascent. The view of the entire island from the top is amazing.
Go on a Boat Ride to Bell’s Pyramid
Those looking for an unusual experience should go on a boat ride to Bell’s Pyramid. This unusual rock formation is the highest volcanic rock stack in the world.
See birdlife found very few places on earth while boating through the sea trench. Watch for Flesh-footed Shearwaters as they dive in a feeding frenzy. The world’s smallest known seabird, the White Bellied Storm Petrels, will put on a show. It often appears to be may dancing on the water.
While riding on a boat around the pyramid watch for the constantly changing vista. Photographers should bring along some fast lens to stop the action as the waves crash into the rocks.
A very unique golf course is on this island. This is the only golf course in the world at a United Nations World Heritage site. This nine-hole course features beautiful views of Mt. Lidgbird and Mt. Gower. Most golfers play this course through the Kentia palm forest in about three hours. They play each hole twice to make it an 18-hole course.
This island is the only place in the world where the Kentia palm grows wild. This plant is often grown as a houseplant, but this is the only place that it grows in the wild.
It is easy to arrange a fishing charter from this island. Hire a knowledgeable guide as it is illegal to fish in some areas. The water is part of a protected marine park.
Around Bell’s Pyramid, anglers can catch a variety of fish. Kingfish, tuna and wahoo test anglers endurance and skill.
Anglers wanting to land fish should go to North Bay. Many anglers have success fishing for drummers at this location.
Another popular option is to fish from Blinky Beach. This is a fun location to go rock fishing for a variety of species.
Stroll Through the Museum
In order to understand more about this island visit the museum and visitors center. Learn about the island’s unique geology and the fossil turtles found on this island.
Visitors can also learn about the amazing journey of Francis Chichester. In 1931, he set out to sail across the Tasman Sea for the first time. After landing on the island, he woke the next morning to discover his plane upside down in the lagoon. Over 10 weeks, he and the local men fixed the aircraft. This was an amazing feat considering there were no motor vehicles at the time on the island.
Snorkelers will not want to miss the chance to visit Lagoon Beach. They will be surrounded by schools of fish including manta rays. Start the snorkeling adventure with a ride on a glass-bottom boat. The water is easy to swim in with just a few gentle waves on most days.
The water surrounding Bell’s Pyramid is also popular with snorkelers. One of the most unusual fish seen there is the Ballina angelfish. This fish is popular with many who raise fish in aquariums. Snorkelers can view two other species of angelfish at this location.
The museum also houses several environmental displays. Learn about the biodiversity found on this island. Visitors can also learn about the island’s climate. This allows visitors to understand what makes this island unique.
There are over 60 recognized dive sites. Individuals wanting to dive can even get training on the island. There are dive sites for every ability level.
Travelers looking to shore dive should consider Neds Beach. See a variety of fish depending on the season. Green turtles and hawksbill turtles are often seen.
Dive close to the coral reef from a boat. This reef is the furthest south in the world. See some of the rarest angelfish in the world. Alternatively, dive near one of the shipwrecks.
What’s the Best Time to Visit This Island?
This island enjoys temperate weather year round. The sea breeze keeps visitors comfortable even on the hottest summer days.
If the traveler wants to avoid rain, then consider January and October. If the traveler wants to enjoy outside activities, avoid mid-June when it often rains on three out of seven days.
The hottest temperatures of the year usually occur in late January. It can feel like its about 78 degrees Fahrenheit outside. The coldest temperatures usually occur in late June. The lows often feel like they are in the low 50s.
What is the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect?
One of the most unusual insects in the world is the island stick insect. It can be viewed at the museum. It can also be viewed while hiking on Bell’s Pyramid. It is often called the rarest insect on earth.
The scientific name of this insect is dryococelus australis. It is about eight inches long and weighs about one ounce. The male is larger than the female.
Often called tree lobsters, these insects bond for life. The female can breed without help from the male. These insects often feed on the Melaleuca howeana plant. This plant is only found on the island. It is a member of the myrtle family.
If you’re looking for a hidden paradise, you need to consider Lord Howe Island.
The only way to get there is by plane unless chartering a yacht. Many outdoor adventures await visitors including playing in the water, hiking and fishing.