Lord Howe Island, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Area of global natural significance, is an absolute must-see for nature lovers. This small, crescent-shaped island is mostly undeveloped. It’s just 56 square kilometres in size with a permanent population of 350, and no more than 400 tourists allowed at any one time. Many of the plants and animals here are so rare they cannot be found anywhere else in the world!
Lord Howe Island is the exactly the type of remote island paradise you might fantasize about escaping to. You’ll feel a million miles away while you’re there, when in fact, you’re just a short flight from Sydney (approx. 2 hours).
[tweet_dis]The following guide contains some of the “must do” attractions on Lord Howe Island[/tweet_dis]: there are far too many things to do here. To fit them all would result in an almanac!
The trail that leads up to the top of Mount Gower is not for the faint hearted. This is a level 5 hike that weaves dangerously around cliff drop-offs. It’s so steep in places you will need to use the attached ropes to assist you. Thrill seekers will love it.
The journey is great, but the destination is even better. Views from the top of this 875 metre peak are jaw-dropping. The vivid green of the surrounding forest, the deep blues of the scenic ocean, all lay before you in a gorgeous panorama. Even those afraid of heights will want to get over their phobia to see this.
The hike up Mount Gower might be rewarding, but for a place that’s a bit easier to get to, has good times, somewhere kid-friendly, look no further than Ned’s Beach. The crystal-clear, calm waters are perfect for little kids. Swimmers entering the water are instantly greeted by an array of exotic fish, including mullet, wrasse, garfish, silver-drummer and spangled-emperor, looking for a food handout. Don’t forget to bring a pair of goggles to check out the vibrant coral reef that collars the beach.
Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
The views underwater at Lord Howe Island are just as breath-taking as they are above the surface. The waters around the Island are calm and clear, ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. And there is plenty to see: over 90 species of coral and 500 species of fish inhabit the reef, many of them so rare they exist no other place on earth. The aquatic landscape is just as exotic as the marine life with trenches, caves and volcanic ridges giving divers plenty to explore.
Avid bird watchers will be in heaven on Lord Howe Island, as there is no better place for bird watching in Australia. Here you’ll find around 130 permanent and migratory bird species. Among them, the Lord Howe Island Woodhen, a flightless species saved from extinction by a local conservation effort. The winter breeding Providence Petrel, one of the world’s rarest birds, also resides on the Island.
Pinetrees Lodge offers “Wellness Weeks” with celebrity yoga teacher Charlotte Dodson. Aside from daily yoga and group fitness classes, you get to choose other healthy activities like swimming, snorkelling, diving, surfing, kayaking, walking, golf, biking and mountain climbing, partake in wholefood cooking classes and enjoy evening organic wine tastings.
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