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Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island

Ease yourself into island time in the remote seclusion of World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island. Rugged volcanic peaks, lush forests and rolling surf and make it an island paradise – perfect to explore at your own pace. Plus, you’ll be one of only 400 visitors staying at any one time. Let our guide lead the way to a blissful holiday.

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Places to stay

While this tiny, 11km long island has a somewhat expensive reputation, there are a range of accommodation options catering for everyone from the budget conscious to those looking for a more luxurious stay, including cosy bed and breakfasts, self-contained apartments with ocean views and a premium all-inclusive hotel. Plan to book your accommodation in advance or visit outside the peak season of September to May.

For an exclusive Lord Howe Island experience, our pick is the premium, boutique all-inclusive Capella Lodge. With stunning ocean and mountain views it’s certainly the luxe place to stay on the island and ideal for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.

Things to do

The island might be relatively small - you can cycle end-to-end in as little as 20 minutes - but there's plenty to keep you busy.

Lord Howe Island is home to an abundance of colourful marine life and snorkelling is one of the best ways to see it up close. Spectacular snorkelling and diving sites include Erscott's Hole, Admiralty Islands and Ball's Pyramid. Swim among up to 500 species of marine life including fish, turtles and stingrays. Drop into Ned’s Beach to hand-feed mullet, spangled emperors and kingfish or visit Lord Howe Islands Marine Park.
Pick up the pace and have a go at kite surfing, especially if you're visiting in winter when wind conditions are perfect. If you’re into hiking, challenge yourself to a one-day guided climb up Mount Gower (reaching 875m) to see the famous twin peaks up close and reward yourself with breathtaking views over the island. Nature enthusiasts can wander through the extensive natural forests throughout the island teeming with birdlife.

If your idea of a holiday is to relax, this little piece of paradise caters for that too. Rejuvenate with a spa treatment, read under the pine trees or plan to visit during one of the wellness weeks offered throughout the year. After a few days of healthy food, yoga meditation and rest your body will thank you. Plus, it’s a recharging way to experience Lord Howe Island.

All this and more is waiting for you to discover. And all only a two hour direct from Sydney or Brisbane.

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Walking and hikes

While Lord Howe Island is just 11km long and 2km wide, it’s graced with some great walking trails and hikes. The trails range from an easy stroll around the coast to moderate cliff-top walks to the more challenging Mt Gower Climb. So, strap on your walking boots, pack your bag and get out your map and get ready to explore the beautiful, lush Lord Howe Island.

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Marine and wildlife

The beautiful Lord Howe Island is one of the most diverse marine parks in the world. Stretching over 48,000 hectares, the marine park is home to various species of sea bird, fish and aquatic life. Due to its isolation and the limited number of guests allowed on the island at any given point, the waters and reef system surrounding the island are unspoiled and make for excellent snorkelling and diving.

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Getting around

Getting there: 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. 

Getting around on Lord Howe Island is very easy. Everything is within walking distance and bike hire is available through Thompson’s General Store. A car is generally not necessary for visitors, with small bus tours available to book.

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