Lord Howe Island - A Remote Island Paradise

Lord Howe island is a little known paradise to many visitors to Australia and to many Australians also. Rising out of the sea off the NSW coast is one of Australia's tiniest treasures – the dreamy, crescent-shaped Lord Howe Island. Just 11 kms long and 2 kms wide curved round an aquamarine lagoon, the island was World Heritage listed in 1982 for its unique beauty and rare collection of flora, fauna and marine life.
Lord Howe Island Australia
Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island - Hiking
Lord Howe Island - Hiking

The island is located approximately 700km north-east of Sydney and 550km east of Port Macquarie. It's a two-hour flight from Sydney. Holidays and short-breaks can be booked direct to properties, to the Island's Visitor Centre or through travel agents.

Forests cover two thirds of its landmass, while its many beaches are safe, pristine and tranquil. At the southern end the towering mountains of Mt. Lidgbird and Mt. Gower stand sentinel over this land of perpetual spring – a sanctuary for all who visit.


Lord Howe Island has some of the best diving in the world with 490 species of fish, 93 coral species, 4% of which are unique to Lord Howe and two accredited Diving Schools. The submerged plateau of Lord Howe is 1,000 metres deep with the opportunity to dive walls, caves, swim-throughs and pinnacles, reefs, gutters and craters.

Consequently, watersports such as diving and snorkelling are popular on Lord Howe, as is deepsea fishing. There are also regular sightings of whales and dolphins.

Up close and personal with the fish at Ned's Beach  on Lord Howe Island
Fish - Ned's Beach

Take the chance to get up close and personal with the fish at Ned's Beach – they love to be hand fed! Or head to Settlement Beach to see if you can spot a large Green Turtle – they live in a deep waterhole called the Sylph Hole.

In an effort to maintin and protect this pristine environment, Lord Howe's tourist intake is strictly controlled, with 400 visitors allowed at any one time. Just 10,000 tourists visit the island each year. Additionally, residents on Lord Howe are not permitted to own cats and with the island's vast collection of wildlife and birds, it's easy to see why. There are 130 species of birds, 24 butterfly species and 14 species of seabirds which breed in colonies on the island. The island is also home to 14 species of land bird, including the once endangered Lord Howe Island Woodhen.

Temperatures range from around 28 Celsius (82°F) in summer to about 10 Celsius (50°F) in winter. July, August and September sometimes attract winds off the southern ocean.

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