If you’re looking for a natural paradise to explore, Lord Howe Island is unrivalled. Famed for its birdlife, snorkelling and picturesque walks, this tiny island 600km off the NSW coast of Australia is an ideal hamlet for those seeking the quieter luxuries of life. If you’re considering a trip to Lord Howe, here are four tips for exploring the island.
1. Bike It
Only 10km long and 2km wide, Lord Howe is a fabulous destination to explore by bike. The island has a 25km speed limit making this a great place for the whole family to enjoy from the comfort of a bicycle, and there are plenty of hire options available. There is 13km of sealed road that takes in the breathtaking views on offer, plus additional riding tracks.
2. Get Wet
Lord Howe is located amidst shallow coral reef in the Pacific Ocean, making this a haven for snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing or just paddling about. Fishing in the region is second to none, with tours available, while you can snorkel less than 30m off the beach. For the avid surfers out there, there are multiple surfing spots and even on a calm day there is usually some action available. Lagoon Beach is an ideal place for the kids to paddle about when it comes to swimming, and the beaches around the island are also great for a quick dip where you can view the spectacular surrounds from an entirely different angle.
3. Walk It Off
Over two-thirds of Lord Howe Island is made up of beaches, limestone plains, hills, valleys and mountains and it is listed as a world heritage area for its beauty, biodiversity, flora and fauna. The island includes the peak of Mt Gower, where the stunning view that rewards your walking efforts is nothing short of amazing. You can engage a guide for your walks or amble at your leisure. Either way, Lord Howe is one of the best walking destinations in the world. There is a track for any ability and the scenery that greets you round every corner is best enjoyed on foot.
Fancy a casual game of tennis, a leisurely round of golf or a day spa? Lord Howe Island has it all. And at the end of a long, hard, leisurely day, enjoy some of the fine fare on offer! They may be 600km off the Australian mainland, but the accommodation providers here, like Pinetrees Lodge, are serious about their food. Using the world-class local produce such as the Lord Howe Island kingfish, the chefs create mouth-watering meals throughout the day, including four-course masterpieces for dinner.
The hidden gem in the Pacific that is Lord Howe Island is a destination to suit all tastes. Whether you are travelling as a couple, a family or on your own, seeking adventure, nature or relaxation, Lord Howe is more than willing to accommodate. With limited tourism numbers this is also a true destination to enjoy without the crowds, in your own time, at your own pace.