Lord Howe Island Travel Guide

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  • Things to Do
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Lord Howe Island Things to Do

  • See the rain forests and Kentia Palms

    These graceful, slow-growing and tough palms are native to the island. Almost certainly you already have seen them without knowing of their origin, for they are very popular as indoor plants in hotels eg “The Palm Court” and offices. Here they grow thickly in the forests, as you can see in the photograph. They also grow slowly to normal palm tree...

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  • Watch the sun set over the lagoon

    The accompanying photo doesn’t do the scene justice, I’m afraid. But it is very pleasant indeed to watch the sun set over the lagoon, while the palms sway gently above. It would probably be better in warm weather, with a cold glass of some interesting beverage close at hand...

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  • Watch the fish feeding

    At Ned’s Beach, on the east coast, schools of kingfish come around every day to be hand fed. This was a long-established activity back in 1974 – and you too can participate in this curious event. Unfortunately I didn’t see it, so I was unable to obtain any photos.

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  • Bushwalking and climbing

    Although fishing was off my work agenda, walking was included. I was looking for a site to place instrumentation to measure the composition of the cleanest air that could be found. That meant we had to find a site with minimal local influences. I was interested in the saddle between Mt Lidgbird (the northern mountain) and Mt Gower to the south...

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  • Fishing and snorkelling

    I was on a work related trip, which made no provision for these activities. Much as the fishing apparently is excellent, particularly from a boat, I suspect I’d have had to do quite some explaining in my office about the ‘big one’ that I either caught (or, more likely, that got away)! The snorkelling in the lagoon also is reputed to be excellent –...

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  • Swimming and beaches

    This may be a sub-tropical paradise, with warm ocean water from the current flowing down the eastern Australian coast, but I was not about to try a dip in the middle of winter! Should you go at a more sensible time of year, it looks marvellous with many lovely sandy beaches – most of which you can expect to have virtually to yourself! The beach in...

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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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  • 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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