Lord Howe Island Things to Do

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    Photographers Paradise!

    by K.Knight Updated Nov 2, 2014

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    Stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, wildlife abounds and the opportunities are endless.

    Do yourself a favour, get to Lord Howe Island!

    I used a Canon 450D and a small Fuji underwater camera.

    Have fun!

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    Visit the beaches

    by K.Knight Updated Nov 2, 2014

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    What can I say, Lord Howe Island is an isolated rock jutting out of the South Pacific Ocean 2 hours flight time from anywhere! it is surrounded by beaches.

    Ned's beach is famous for its friendly fish that will harass you until you decide to leave the water!

    Middle Beach is famous for the millions of shells that line the waterlines and is one of the few places you can fish on the island.

    Blinky beach is "THE" place to surf, but you have to duck as the planes take off and land!

    Salmon Beach is located at the end of a small track that winds beneath the golf course and is a romantic spot for lunch and bird watching.

    Lagoon Beach is a family friendly tranquil beach, close to the shops, and is located within the lagoon.

    Old settlement Beach is also close to the shops and is an ideal place to snorkel.

    Blinky beach is Blinky Beach Lagoon Beach is a family friendly tranquil beach
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    Bird watching

    by K.Knight Updated Nov 2, 2014

    Lord Howe is an incredible destination all year round for birdwatchers. Famous as being the only breeding ground for the Providence Petrel, and boasting 14 permanent sea bird resident species, Lord Howe Island is a nesting bird paradise.

    Boasting 130 species of birds, including the Woodhen which has been brought back from the brink of extinction, this island has something for everyone.

    The peak season of summer sees the Masked Booby and Sooty Terns nesting while Petrels, Shearwaters and migratory birds from Alaska and Siberia strut their stuff until the end of April.

    Kingfisher Woodhen
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    The wreck of the Catalina Flying Boat

    by K.Knight Updated Nov 2, 2014

    On September 28th 1948 an RAAF Catalina flying boat crashed into the side of Malabar Hill, killing 9 serviceman on board, after clipping the ridgeline as it made an emergency approach at 7.30pm at night..

    The remains of the Catalina, which suffered a catastrophic fuel leak, are still scattered across the side of the hill, not far from the memorial to the serviceman killed on that fateful night.

    it is an easy walk from Old Settlement Beach and a fascinating insight into the history of the Catalina flying Boats, once the lifeblood of this isolated community.

    The Catalina Memorial. The remains of the Catalina
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    Climb Malabar Hill

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    Red tailed tropicbirds perform their aerial courtship off the Malabar cliffs, while the Providence petrels swarm over the walking tracks looking for a suitable partner. Mutton birds head back every night to nest while sooty terns sail high on the wind currents. This is a truly beautiful part of the world and well worth the easy trek.

    After the 45 minute walk, and once atop Malabar Hill, you have the beautiful Mt Gower and Mt Lindgard in their post card beauty, the Admiralty Islands off the Northern Cliffs and cliffs that fall away abruptly into the ocean below.

    The Lorde Howe Island Masked Booby Lord Howe island Woodhen
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    Play Golf

    by K.Knight Updated Nov 2, 2014

    One of the most beautiful golf courses I have played on!

    Anne and rode our bicycles to the Lord Howe Island Golf course and decided to partake in a leisurely game.

    There is an honesty box located inside a small room that is build on the side of the club house. Gold was $40 per person in June 2014 and clubs, cart and sand bucket were all included. The only problem is there are no balls for sale and you should take your own. (Anne and I did meet a couple who provided us with half a dozen old balls to use, which we returned at the end of the game.)

    This is a very picturesque par 3, 9 hole golf course. There are two tees located on every hole for those that wish to play 18 holes. Don't be fooled, this is quite a challenging little course!

    The golf club does an excellent meal every Friday night.

    Picturesque par 3 Lord Howe island gold course
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    Cycle the Island

    by K.Knight Updated Nov 2, 2014

    Lord Howe Island forms part of the State of NSW. As such, bicycle and road rules apply. (A helmet is compulsory and no compliance attracts a fine from the local police!)

    bicycle hire was $50 per week in June 2014 and all bicycles were supplied with a helmet.

    The speed limit on the island is set at 25 km's per hour on the 13 km's of roads.

    Anne and I hired bikes for our week long stay, which proved an excellent way of getting around the island. The only problem we found was the bicycles had no lighting and the island is extremely dark at nigh with limited street lighting.

    Anne cycles the forest track The view from Old Settlement beach.
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    The stunning views

    by K.Knight Updated Nov 2, 2014

    Anne and I chose the Beachcomber Lodge for our 7 nights. Perched atop a small hill, beachcomber is ideally placed close to the famous Ned's Beach and the local restaurants, cafes and grocery store.

    Every hotel host meets you at the airport for a very laid back and informative tour of the island on the way to the accommodation. Let me tell you, the scenery is stunning, the locals friendly and the wildlife plentiful.

    This is certainly the best way to start your holiday with a relaxed and friendly welcoming to a pristine and stunning part of the world.

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    Rescue the locals

    by K.Knight Updated Nov 2, 2014

    Lord Howe Island is known for its extraordinary bird life.

    Birds frequent the Island all year round with Terns, Boobies, Petrels, plovers and tropicbirds calling this rock in the middle of nowhere home.

    You can quite often come across some chicks that have fallen from their nests, or simply kicked out to make way for a stronger brother or sister. Helping these chicks to a shelter is a rewarding experience.

    Red-tailed Tropicbird Red-tailed Tropicbird Red-tailed Tropicbird
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    Fishing trip

    by K.Knight Updated Nov 2, 2014

    Just about everyone on Lord Howe island will offer you a fishing trip.

    it is strongly advised to take an organised trip, although quite expensive, due to the surrounding marine park, no go zones, no fishing zones and ever changing bag limits.

    You will notice that a lot of restaurants and wholesale companies will offer you a fishing trip but you will soon find out that they keep all of the legal sized catch to serve up in their restaurants or sell in their shops. They will, however, cook you a nice meal from the fish that you caught at no charge.

    Half day fishing trips were approx. $250 in June 2014.

    fishing charte boat at old Settlement Beach.
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    Hiking

    by K.Knight Updated Nov 2, 2014

    Numerous walking tracks cross the entire Island and are always open, except for the big 2 tracks!

    You must book a guide if you wish to tackle the strenuous, full day, hike to the summit of My Gower. The view, I am told, are simply magnificent atop this beautiful mountain but I chose not to climb the mountain as I believe that this is why helicopters were invented!!!!

    The most popular walks are on the Northern end of the Island, close to North Bay, and offer lovely wildlife experiences around Mt Eliza, Kim's lookout and Malabar Hill.

    Anne walking along a track
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    Visit Neds Beach

    by K.Knight Updated Nov 2, 2014

    Ned's beach is a magnificent sheltered bay with white sand, clear water and sensational marine life.

    Fringed by palms and shady trees, you enter the clear and clean water to be swamped by the hundreds, if not thousands, of local fish that are more inquisitive of you than you are of them.

    Fishing is illegal here, and would simply be a no contest as you simply pick the fish up! Kids and adults alike love this beach and are un phased by the small reef sharks that cut their way through the schools of fish looking for a cheap feed!

    A small hut operates an honesty system where you can hire snorkels, masks and fins along with wetsuits and life jackets. Prices are clearly displayed and there is fish food available if you would like to be the centre of a feeding frenzy :)

    Anne at Ned's Neach, stalked by the friendly fish. Looking for a cheap feed. Beautiful Neds Beach Reasonable rates and an honesty box system Items for hire
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    Take a boat around the Island

    by K.Knight Updated Nov 2, 2014

    Why not hire a boat and escape around the Island?

    Better still, support the locals and take one of the numerous around Island tours. You will not be disappointed with the local knowledge that provides an excellent narration as you cruise your way past Mt Eliza and Malabar Hill, past Ned's Beach, Middle beach and the serene Blinky Beach.

    The Jewels in the crown of Lord Howe Island are always in view, but passing beneath Mount Lidgbird and Mount Gower as you traverse the ocean side of the Island is an awe inspiring event that can not be put into words.

    The stunning views are as you pass through the coral reefs that form the tranquil lagoon housing Salmon Beach, Lovers Bay, Lagoon Beach and Old Settlement Beach will leave you breathless.

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    Visit the museum

    by K.Knight Written Nov 2, 2014

    Located opposite Lagoon Beach, an easy walk or bike ride from the main settlement, The Lord Howe island Museum and visitors centre is a fantastic experience for all.

    An excellent café temps you with its array of hot and cold drinks and locally home made cakes, biscuits and sandwiches.

    Entry to the museum is via a donation, a small ask for the informative displays and information on the Islands history, pre and post settlement.

    Lord Howe island Museum and visitors centre Old radar station
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    Getting to the Island

    by K.Knight Updated Nov 2, 2014

    Qantaslink fly Dash 8 aircraft to Lord Howe Island from both Sydney and Brisbane several times per week.

    Anne and I took the 2 hour flight from Sydney, which formed part of a $1,099, 7 night flight and accommodation package through Qantas Holidays.

    We sat back and enjoyed the Qantas service as, from the time you take off to almost the point of landing, there is nothing to see but the vast ocean below with the white caps breaking the ocean vista.

    The Dash 8 on final approach Another plane load of happy tourists arrive.
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