Ultimate Guide to Lord Howe Island: See, Do, Stay & Eat

Lord Howe Island is one of the many islands off Australia. Lord Howe Island surrounded by crystal clear waters, with an abundance of marine life, towering mountains (does 875m count as a towering mountain!), lush greenery and a super relaxed feel.

It’s hard to believe that this little slice of paradise doesn’t receive more tourists and is still relatively unknown. I am already planning a return visit as I loved the laid back, relaxed atmosphere of the island.

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View from Malabar

Most visitors to Australia only visit Sydney and other main cities in Australia. Lord Howe Island is truly worth putting on your itinerary.

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is technically part of NSW, a state of Australia. It is located a 2 hour direct flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island. The island has 350 local inhabitants and is self governed by a Board. In recognition of the islands beauty and biodiversity, Lord Howe Island was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage area in 1982.

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Lord Howe Island Accommodation

Tourist numbers are strictly limited to 400 visitors at any one time. As a result of such few visitors, accommodation options are quite limited.

Mid Range

Pinetrees Lodge is the longest running, family owned hotel on the island. The resort sleeps 80 guests and the rooms have recently been renovated. The only hotel on the island to have its own beach club, right on Lagoon Beach.

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Luxury

Arajilla Retreat and Capella Lodge both offer luxury accommodation on the island. Arajilla is located quite close to the “CBD,” while Capella Lodge is located at the other end of the island, quite near to the ariport. I chose to stay at Arajilla Retreat and you can read a little more about it in a later post.

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Where to Eat

Dining options on the island are quite limited, though that doesn’t mean you won’t eat great food. The larger hotels often are all inclusive meaning if you stay at one of these you won’t need to dine out. Seafood particularly fish is very common on the menu as it is one of the other foods that is locally sourced without having to be shipped in.

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The Island Trader Supply boat

Here are the best dining choices on the island:

– Arajilla Retreat – if the hotel is not fully booked with hotel guests, Arajilla will open the restaurant to non-guests. Enjoy freshly baked bread and a three course dinner.  The menu changes each day and there are two options for entree, main and dessert.

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Arajilla outdoor setting

– Burgers  – “enjoy the best burgers for 600km” is the tagline for this burger place. The only burger place on the island also doubles as the general store. The burgers are good and the store has a good range of items that you may need. As an added bonus, there is also ice cream!

– Pinetrees Lodge also opens its hotel to non-guests. Offering delicious food and wine this restaurant should be visited on your stay.

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Pinetrees beach club

– The Anchorage – the most popular place to dine on the island. Offering a range of different meals its easy to see why this place is so popular.

Things To Do – Lord Howe Activities

Lord Howe Island is an outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers paradise. Offering something for everyone, it is a great place to relax and do little or be active.

Rent a bike and ride the island, enjoy one of the many hikes or take part in a water activity. See this post to learn about all the must do things on Lord Howe Island.

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Blinky Beach

How to Get Around

While there are vehicles on the island, these are generally limited to locals and businesses.

Your options? Ride a bike or walk. Most people (including the locals) get around the island by bike. The island is quite small so riding is relatively easy and its a great way to burn off those three course meals.

It is true that Lord Howe Island is quite expensive. As there is only one airline servicing the island and limited number of guests allowed on the island, the cost of visiting is quite expensive. If you are a Qantas frequent flyer, consider travelling on frequent flyer points which represents excellent value! No matter the cost, a visit to Lord Howe Island is a must. I cannot wait to return!

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Settlement Beach

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Lagoon Beach

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View over Admiralty Islands

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Cobbys Corner

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Neds Beach

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