Lord Howe is home to one of the most picturesque golf courses in Australia, which overlooks the towering Mt. Lidgbird and Mt. Gower. The nine-hole course meanders through the lushly vegetated Kentia Palm forest and out into the gently undulating open fairways along the ocean foreshore - providing the golfer with many challenges along the way.
Neds Beach Sanctuary Zone offers a unique opportunity to view an amazing diversity of coral, fish and other marine life close to shore. And you can hand-feed fish in this haven. Be part of a favourite Lord Howe ritual and help feed eager mullet, wrasse, garfish, silver drummer, spangled emperor and metre-long kingfish.
Lord Howe Island Marine Park brings together a mix of tropical, subtropical and temperate marine life found nowhere else on Earth, making it one of the world’s best diving sites. Discover the numerous atolls, pinnacles and reefs of the Admiralty Islands. Explore the basalt caves and reefs below Balls Pyramid, the world’s tallest sea stack. The waters are home to huge schools of violet sweep, rainbow runners, marlin, dolphins, turtles and rare species such as Spanish dancers, double-headed wrasse and Galapagos whalers.
Five major ocean currents intersect at Lord Howe Island and the waters are teeming with tropical, subtropical and temperate species of fish. The island's shallow lagoons contain trevally, silver drummer, bluefish and the double-header wrasse. Join a fishing boat adventure charter for the chance to hook Lord Howe kingfish, silver trevally, tuna, wahoo, cod species, marlin and more.
Lord Howe Island is great for walking and hiking. Although only 11 km long and 2 km wide, the island has many bushwalking options for a wide range of abilities. The most challenging is the 14 km Mt Gower hike, rated as one of the best day treks in the world. An experienced guide will lead you through this 875-metre ascent, an eight-hour return journey that requires ropes in some sections.
Lord Howe Island is one of Australia’s premier birdwatching destinations, with 14 species of seabirds breeding here in their hundreds of thousands. The island also has more than 130 permanent and migratory bird species, including the unique Lord Howe Island woodhen, vast flocks of migrating shearwaters and rare providence petrels.
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.
Lord Howe Island Marine Park is internationally significant, with the world's southernmost coral reef and the only fringing coral reef lagoon in NSW. The convergence of warm and cool waters results in a unique mix of temperate and tropical species, many of which can be seen in clear waters close to shore. Visitors can swim, dive, snorkel and kayak amongst colourful marine life, enjoy fishing from shore or on a charter boat and simply relax on pristine sandy beaches. Located about 700 kilometres northeast of Sydney, Lord Howe Island Marine Park is a multiple-use marine park that caters for many different recreational and commercial activities. The park protects marine biodiversity and areas of ecological and cultural importance, and provides for sustainable recreational and commercial activities. Visitors from around the world visit the marine park to dive, swim, snorkel, fish and holiday.
The Seven Peaks Walk is Lord Howe's premier five day guided adventure that takes you from pristine beaches and exposed coral platforms to the delicate mist forests on Mt Gower. Along the way, you'll see sheltered swimming coves, subtropical palm forests, freshwater creeks, rugged sea cliffs and volcanic peaks. Some sections of the walk, such as the Lower Road on Mt Lidgbird, wind along exposed narrow ledges (protected by ropes, of course) across a 300 vertical metre cliff. Other sections of the walk take you deep into Jurassic Park style banyan forests with the only rookeries of Providence petrels in the world. When you yell, the curious birds land at your feet, almost hypnotised. It's an incredible experience. The Seven Peaks Walk is a member of the Great Walks of Australia - a small collection of Australia's finest luxury walks.
Explore the basalt caves and reefs below the world’s tallest sea stack, with a height of 551 metres. Balls Pyramid is home to huge schools of violet sweep, rainbow runners, marlin, dolphins, turtles and rare species such as Spanish dancers, double-headed wrasse and Galapagos whalers.
Blinky Beach, on the eastern side of Lord Howe Island, is a great spot for a refreshing swim, surf or a relaxing snorkel. It’s the most popular place on the island to catch a clean surf break on some of Australia’s least crowded waves. The fine sands are also ideal for beach fishing.
Malabar Hill offers sweeping panoramic views of Lord Howe Island encompassing the towering volcanic peaks of Mount Lidgbird and Mount Gower. Its cliffs are the world's largest nesting ground for red-tailed tropicbirds. The best time to see the birds' airborne courting rituals from Malabar is between September and May.
Standing tall at 875 metres, Mount Gower is Lord Howe's highest mountain. Rated as one of Australia's best day walks, the Mount Gower hike is a challenging eight-hour return trek. Walkers traverse about 14 km across the mountain's rugged terrain, encountering some of the island's rarest plants and wildlife along the way.
A secluded beach, North Bay is accessible only by foot or water. Visitors can admire migratory sea birds and take short walks to Mount Eliza, Old Gulch and Herring Pools from the bay, or simply relax on its white sands. Amazing snorkelling opportunities can also be experienced here, with a large variety of fish, turtles and colourful corals.
If you're sick of the black line in the pool or the opaque water at suburban beaches, then please join one of the Lord Howe Island Ocean Swim Weeks. Each day, you'll swim 1.5 to two kilometres around the Lord Howe Island coastline and experience the beauty of a World Heritage marine environment. Some days you will swim over vibrant coral on the outer reef of the lagoon, while other days you will swim under 200 vertical metre cliffs or along some of the most perfect beaches in the world. At your side will be the former World and Australian Ironman Champion, Trevor Hendy. Trevor was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1996 for his services to surf lifesaving, and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2000.
Join the Pinetrees Food and Wine Week. In the last few years, Peter Kuruvita, Steven Snow and Tom Kime have come to teach guests about their unique cooking styles. During the Food and Wine Week, the chefs will host a two hour cooking master class every day. They'll cover a range of topics and reveal some professional secrets to help you take your home cooking to a new level. The best part, though, is that you get to taste everything they prepare, which can be up to 20 exceptional dishes over five days. In the evening, everyone convenes on the waterfront deck for selected wine tastings. Each day you'll taste a range of James Halliday's favourite wines and explore variations in style and character from different Australian wine regions.
The community spirit is alive on Lord Howe Island and it shines at the monthly local markets. Purchase a locally made Lord Howe Island pandanus basket and browse through other art and handicraft, as well as a great range of local produce. Kids can enjoy having their faces painted.
Lord Howe Island is Australia's premier birdwatching destination, with 14 species of seabirds breeding here in the hundreds of thousands. The island is also home to more than 130 permanent and migratory bird species. Enjoy guided walks to sea bird colonies, bird photography sessions, museum displays, and lectures discussing current research.
Held various times throughout the year, these wellness weeks offer a daily program of yoga, spa treatments, massage, aerobic fitness, wholefood cooking classes and organic gardening classes. Disconnect from the outside world and rejuvenate in a World Heritage paradise.
QantasLink offers year-round scheduled services to Lord Howe Island. Flight time is under two hours, with flights departing from Sydney on most days, and from Brisbane on weekends. A seasonal weekly service to the Island is also available direct from Port Macquarie from February to June and September to December.
You’ll quickly understand why Lord Howe Island does not need public transport. All accommodation properties provide free airport transfers for arriving and departing guests. Walking is a pleasure on the island as you’re never far from shops, restaurants or beaches. There are bicycles and helmets for hire and a limited number of rental cars.
Gower Wilson Memorial Hospital provides health services for residents and visitors to Lord Howe Island. This is the only medical facility on the island with three inpatient beds that are used for acute admissions. Complex cases are transferred to the mainland. Consulting and dispensary hours are 9am to 12.30pm Monday to Friday, however, the doctor and nursing staff are on 24-hour call for emergencies.
Country Code: (+61) Area Code: (02) Many island holidaymakers are delighted that Lord Howe Island is beyond the reach of mobile phone calls and internet service. Public phones and faxes are available on the island and an internet cafe is available at the visitors centre.