Lord Howe Island is Australia’s Own Hawaii
Lord Howe Island is a pristine and scenic island escape only a two-hour flight from Sydney. Here’s our pick of what to see and do while you’re on your idyllic getaway.Read more on Travel Insider →
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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.
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.
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.
Disclaimer: + Meals, entertainment and service offerings vary between flights and cabins.
Disclaimer: ^ You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.