If you ever wondered what paradise looks like, Lord Howe Island must be it. Stunning landscapes, perfect beaches and beautiful weather are just a few of the things on offer at Lord Howe Island.
Here are a few of the things to do when visiting Lord Howe Island:
Take a boat tour around the island
To really see the beauty of the island it is great to join an around the island tour to give a new perspective. The Marine Adventures around the island tour starts from the jetty and lasts for around 2 hours.
Hire a bike and ride the island
The island is small and from north to south riding takes less than an hour. East to west will take less than 10 minutes. There are few cars on the island so most people get around either on foot or by bicycle. It is a great way to get some exercise while also exploring.
Hike to Kim’s Lookout
Hike to Kim’s lookout for views over the lagoon and out to Admiralty islands. Without a doubt the hike to Kim’s Lookout is a must for anyone visiting the island and able to complete the hike. It isn’t a long hike but it does involve a lot of stairs which just keep on going up. Once you reach the lookout you will be rewarded with stunning views over the lagoon on one side and views of the Admiralty Islands on the other. The hike takes around an hour to complete. Alternatively, you can continue and complete the circuit which takes you to Malabar Hill which offers incredible views to Admiralty Islands. The return from Malabar is gentler and does involve as many stairs.
Swim in the lagoon
Lagoon Beach has some of the clearest water I have ever seen. The water is calm and is a great place to spend a day either on the beach or in the water. Windsurfing and kite surfing are also popular activities in the lagoon depending on the direction of the wind.
Visit Ball’s Pyramid
Ball’s Pyramid is a unique rock formation located 23km from Lord Howe Island and is the world’s largest monolith. To see this spectacular formation, tours run by boat from Lord Howe to the monolith. The tours are generally combined with the round the island tour and it lasts 3.5 hours in total.
See the flights take off and land at the airport
Depending on the day there are up to 5 flights per day arriving and departing Lord Howe Island. The airport is located in the centre of the island and is easily reached by bike. The main road through the island runs parallel to the runway so you can stop at any point along the runway to see the planes arrive and depart. Never have I be able to stand so close to an airport runway.
See the turtles from a glass bottom boat
Daily boat excursions go to the protected area to see the turtles in their natural environment. The glass viewing panel is quite large so offers a good view of the turtles swimming around.
Feed the Fish at Ned’s Beach
Feeding the fish is possible by hand at Ned’s Beach Sanctuary Zone. Fish Food is available from a dispenser for $1. The food is specially formulated to keep the marine life healthy. Neds Beach is the perfect place to go snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding or swimming. Rentals are available at the beach and operate on an honesty basis.
Pack a lunch and have a BBQ by the water
Numerous BBQ’s are located at specific places are the island. The BBQ’s are looked after by The Board and these are cleaned each day. Firewood is available at each BBQ. My favourite – Old Settlement Beach. Enjoy your own private BBQ area which overlooks the water. Just perfect!
Snorkel the reef and see the most spectacular and vibrant coral
The Lord Howe Island Marine Park is home to over 500 fish species and 90 coral species. It features the worlds most southern coral reef. Due to the remoteness of the island and restrictions put in place to limit the number of visitors to the island, the coral is very healthy and unspoiled like in other parts of the world.
Climb Mount Gower
Mount Gower is the highest mountain on the island reaching 875m. Those who are feeling adventurous can climb this mountain on a guided 8 hour tour. It is a strenuous hike, but those who are fit should be able to complete this hike without too much difficulty. There are two operators who conduct the tours: Sea to Summit Expeditions and Environmental Tours. There isn’t much difference between the tour operators just the days that they run the tours.
Hire a kayak and explore the lagoon
Kayaks and other water sport equipment is readily available at Lagoon Beach. Hope in a kayak and explore the coast line of the lagoon. Or combine the kayak with a paddle out to Blackburn Island where you can take an easy 5 – 10 min walk to the top of the island to see views of the Island mainland. Single kayaks cost $20 p.h. and double kayaks $25 p.h.
Watch the supply boat unload
The Island Trader provides all supplies to the island. The ship makes the fortnightly trip from Port Macquarie with all the supplies the island requires. The ship can only arrive and depart at high tide due to the shallowness of the lagoon. When the ship is docked, it is great to watch the process of unloading and the island supplies and reloading the ship with all the rubbish to return to the mainland.
You are in paradise with little outside distractions. Take the opportunity to read a book or get a relaxing massage.
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