A wild, remote and naturally beautiful island, rising out of the Pacific Ocean around 350 miles to the east of Australia’s New South Wales coastline, Lord Howe Island is a listed World Heritage Site recognised for its beauty and biodiversity.

This crescent-shaped island, measuring around seven miles long and two miles wide, forms the top of an extinct underwater volcano and seamount, and is considered home to the southernmost coral reef in the world. Its most distinctive feature is its two towering mountainous peaks which overlook cobalt blue seas and pristine white sandy beaches, and there’s no better way of absorbing this island’s beauty than through exploring the walking trails which lead into this rugged terrain or by hopping from beach to beach.

Besides the lure of the inland adventures on offer, and the remarkable vistas that can be enjoyed from higher land, the activities on the beach and surrounding water are another primary draw for tourism. The island has a reputation as a fantastic fishing destination, while the likes of snorkelling and scuba diving are also particularly rewarding. Relaxation comes easily here too, with the many strips of white sand certain to be quiet, if not completely empty, eagerly awaiting your beach towel and a good book.

When to go?

Lord Howe Island's climate ensures that it can be pleasant and mild practically year-round. During the summers, the cooling sea breeze will ensure that you'll be kept from being too hot, while surrounding warm seas ensure pleasant winters as well.


What to do

  • Go birdwatching and spot some of the island's diverse species
  • Discover the world beneath the waves on a snorkelling or scuba diving adventure
  • Go hiking along some of the island's well-marked trails
  • Relax on some of the island's inviting beaches
  • Try your hand at a fishing experience

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