Lord Howe Island Travel Guide

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Lord Howe Island Things to Do

  • Photographers Paradise!

    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

    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...

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  • Bird watching

    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,...

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  • The wreck of the Catalina Flying Boat

    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...

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  • Climb Malabar Hill

    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...

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  • Play Golf

    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...

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  • Cycle the Island

    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...

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  • The stunning views

    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...

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  • Rescue the locals

    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....

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  • Fishing trip

    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...

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  • Hiking

    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...

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  • Visit Neds Beach

    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...

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  • Take a boat around the Island

    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...

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  • Visit the museum

    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...

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  • Getting to the Island

    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...

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Lord Howe Island Hotels

Lord Howe Island Restaurants

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    by tiabunna Updated Jul 29, 2006

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    Many of the lodges and guest houses have licensed restaurants. There is no doubt they would welcome your patronage, but it’s too long since I visited to make any useful comment. The Bowling Club also apparently provides a restaurant service.

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Lord Howe Island Nightlife

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    by tiabunna Written Jul 29, 2006

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    If you go to Lord Howe Island looking for vibrant nightlife, you’ve failed to understand what it is about! But if you just want to have a few quiet drinks at a comfortable bar, the Bowling Club is the place to go. I’m unsure how the system operates now, but in 1974 it was a matter of taking out a 50 cent temporary membership ticket and you could go whenever you wished!

    Interestingly, while researching some current details for this page, I found that one of the guest houses has jazz bands visiting in the period August- September. I expect that their performances would be open to all island guests.

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Lord Howe Island Transportation

  • Getting there

    Qantaslink now operates a regular air service by Dash-8 twin-turboprop aircraft from Sydney and Brisbane, the trip takes about two hours. If you are travelling to Lord Howe, you will sometimes find the airfare bundled in a discount accommodation/travel package: this will probably prove cheaper than you could otherwise arrange. Before booking a...

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  • Hey, there's no rush!

    Lord Howe has only one road, which runs for about 8km of its length before fading away near Mt Lidgbird to the south. There is an absolute 25km/hr speed limit and only a handful of vehicles. As a tourist, you have a choice of walking or hiring a bicycle, which is the normal form of transport: in this lovely setting, either is delightful. Many of...

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Lord Howe Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by tiabunna Written Jul 29, 2006

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    Because accommodation is limited on Lord Howe, be sure to check it is available before making any airline booking. I can think of nothing more depressing than to find that either the aircraft seats are all taken and you have a room, or that you have an air ticket but nowhere to stay!. Note also that the aircraft have a 14kg baggage limit, with cabin baggage limited to 4kg.

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Lord Howe Island What to Pack

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    by tiabunna Written Jul 29, 2006

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    Miscellaneous: When going to Lord Howe Island, which has a small population, it would be a good idea to assume that you would be unable to obtain any specialised needs, be they medicinal, photographic or whatever. Double check your packing before leaving!

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Lord Howe Island Off The Beaten Path

  • The Catalina crash site

    In September 1948, a Catalina flying boat operated by the Royal Australian Air Force attempted to make an emergency landing at night in the Lord Howe Island lagoon. Sadly, it clipped the trees at the top of the ridge and crashed near Old Settlement Beach on the northern end of the island, with the loss of seven of the nine crew.In 1974 wreckage...

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  • Ball’s Pyramid

    This vertical-sided sawtooth shaped rock rises 522 metres sheer from the ocean. It is about 25km from Lord Howe Island and clearly visible on a good day. It was not climbed until 1965, partly because of the difficulty of landing from a small boat, partly because climbing was not encouraged by the locals, and partly because of the poisonous...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Lord Howe Island Favorites

  • Leaving the island

    We had to wait five days before the other flying boat Islander, a converted ex-RNZAF Sunderland, could be refitted to collect us (it had been stripped for refitting with extra tanks for the overseas post-sale trip). To our surprise, we even had a flypast by Air Force photographic aircraft, checking to see if a Hercules aircraft could be sent for...

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  • Shipwrecked!

    We were scheduled to stay on Lord Howe for two nights, leaving on the morning after that. The tides and need for clearance above reefs meant that possible flight times changed daily. On the second night of our stay the uncommon westerly winds had risen to gale strength. I well remember the urgent thud of feet on the corridor passing my room in...

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  • Disembarking

    Not surprisingly, with a flying boat there are no covered gangways for boarding and disembarking. We had to climb from the flying boat into a small open motorboat to go ashore. As we did, I took this photo of the purser standing in the front mooring hatch – apart from his cabin duties, he also had to operate as the ship’s deck hand for mooring....

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