Lord Howe Island
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Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island is Just Paradise. Immerse yourself in the spectacular surroundings and experience some of the world’s best day hikes, snorkelling on the coral reef, hand-feeding fish on Ned’s Beach and much more. This multi award winning, World Heritage-listed paradise is less than a 2 hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane and now is the perfect time to visit.
Lord Howe Island lies approximately 600 km northeast of Sydney and southeast of Brisbane, Australia, at the same latitude as Port Macquarie, NSW. It forms part of the state of New South Wales.
Apart from sailing your own yacht, the only feasible way to reach Lord Howe is by air.
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.
There are connecting services with Qantas from all Australian capital cities and with QantasLink from many regional centres.
Lord Howe Island’s climate is mild, year-round. Sea breezes prevent the summers from being too hot, while surrounding warm seas ensure pleasant winters.
Maximum temperatures on the island hover around 25° celsius throughout summer, dipping to an average of 19° c in winter, while daily minimums range from 20°c in summer falling to around 12-14°c in winter.
There are just 400 tourist beds on Lord Howe, which is part of what makes it so special.
Because accommodation is limited, it’s important that you book your flights and accommodation at the same time.
Lord Howe offers the best of both home-style and contemporary cuisine – from home-baked roast dinners and ‘fish fries’ to sophisticated menus featuring internationally inspired cuisine and the finest dining.
The local freshly-caught kingfish is – by popular demand – a fixture on almost every menu!
If you’re in a self-catering apartment, you can have fresh fish delivered to your door or you can pack a picnic and take advantage of one of the communal BBQs, set in some of the most scenic spots around the island.
The Lord Howe Island Board ensures that cut firewood is neatly stacked at the BBQ, ready for use.
Lord Howe Island is considered to be an outstanding example of an island ecosystem developed from submarine volcanic activity.
The island’s isolation and its varied landscape of mountains, valleys, hills, lowlands and sea-cliffs have resulted in a diverse array of habitat types supporting many distinctive flora and fauna groups. Vegetation ranges from exposed coastal grasses and heath to lush mossy rainforest, shrouded in mist.
Lord Howe Island is a remnant of a now-extinct shield volcano, dating back 7 million years and has been eroded to one-fortieth its original size. Lord Howe’s crescent shape embraces a sheltered lagoon and the southernmost coral reef on the planet.
Lord Howe Island is home to a variety of unique and endemic species:
A little over 600 kilometres from the north coast of NSW, rising through the clear waters of the southwest Pacific Ocean, lies the remains of an extinct volcano.
This enormous marine mountain ascends more than four kilometres vertically from the seafloor, terminating in a flat top just 40 metres below the waves.
Near the middle of this plateau, flanked by luxuriant coral growth, is the Lord Howe Group of Islands.
The marine environment of this far-flung part of NSW is utterly unlike any other part Australia, with a variety of tropical and temperate species brought on converging currents, and a large number of plants and animals which occur nowhere else.
The entirety of the waters of this special place is managed within a Marine Park, established in 1999, extending three nautical miles out to sea from the mean high water mark, and covering an area of approximately 48,000 hectares.
A wide variety of seabirds, which are rare near the mainland, roost and nest on the islands in their thousands, fed by abundant schools of surface fish and squid.