Lord Howe Island

Seabirds breed in their hundreds of thousands on this beautiful group of islands. Enjoy a barbecue on the beach. Stay in luxury accommodation. Walk through rainforest in the Valley of the Shadows and hand-feed fish at Neds Beach.

Go snorkelling or diving on the reef and see up to 90 coral species as well as turtles and reef fish. Rent a cycle from Wilsons Bike Hire and explore the island, which is just 11 km long. You can also surf, kayak, windsurf and stand-up paddleboard.

Kayaking, Lord Howe Island
Hiking, Lord Howe Island

About the World Heritage paradise

You’ll feel special on Lord Howe Island. Only 400 visitors are allowed at any one time, although you will have to share this island paradise, 600 km east of the Australian mainland, with huge flocks of seabirds that nest there each year.

You can scuba dive and snorkel among more than 500 species of fish in crystal-clear waters on the world’s most southerly coral reefs, or spot them from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat. Walking trails criss-cross the island, from lush rainforest and tranquil beaches to the island’s summits. Mount Gower rises 875 metres and has spectacular panoramic views from the top.

Pamper yourself with a luxurious spa treatment and later dine on fish caught on the reefs. The island has a range of places to stay, from resorts to apartments. Among the many things to do is deep-sea game fishing. Many charter boats operate from the island.

Flights from Sydney take less than two hours and Qantas offers year-round services. Seasonal flights direct from Port Macquarie, north of Sydney, operate from February to June and September to December.

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  1. Arajilla Retreat

    Renowned for its warm and friendly service and laid back ambience, Arajilla Retreat encapsulates the very essence of Lord Howe Island, offering guests a haven of tranquillity and peace. Perfectly positioned on the northern sheltered end of the...

  2. Capella Lodge

    Capella Lodge is Lord Howe Island's premium, luxury retreat. Gently melding modern design into glorious natural surroundings, Capella's underplayed raw-teak-and-white-linen aesthetic lets the true star shine: views of the jaw droppingly dramatic...

  3. Earl's Anchorage

    This stunning development boasts a tranquil, private and central location with convenient access to the main beaches on either side of the Island and close proximity to many scenic walks and Island attractions. Each self-contained bungalow...

  4. Howeana Apartments

    Classic beachhouse-style holiday living in sunny seclusion, just metres from the natural wonderland that is Neds Beach. Private and sheltered yet right in the heart of the settlement area, Howeana is also only 300 metres from the pristine...

  5. Leanda Lei Apartments

    Leanda Lei Apartments are set amid tranquil gardens and spacious lawns with views towards Mount Gower and Lidgbird. We are ideally located only 400m from Lagoon Beach, 300m to the museum, visitor's centre and walking distance to all main attractions...

  6. Lorhiti Apartments

    Stunning gardens fill the 1.6 hectares that surround the six private, self-contained, one bedroom Lorhiti Apartments. An oasis of seclusion in one of the best locations on the Island and the closest resort to stunning Ned's Beach. Only minutes...

  7. Pinetrees Lodge

    Pinetrees Lodge is the perfect place to relax and escape the stress of everyday life. Enjoy exceptional meals, personalised service, spa treatments, comfortable accommodation and a beautiful waterfront location on Lagoon Beach. The boatshed...

  8. Somerset Apartments

    Somerset is the perfect location for those wanting to enjoy and explore the natural attractions that have made Lord Howe Island famous. The 25 self-catering units are nestled in sub-tropical palm groves alive with hibiscus and frangipani....