Lord Howe Island is an exceptionally beautiful, modern but unspoilt holiday destination – one of those places people like to keep a secret once they’ve found it. Tourist numbers are limited to 400 at any one time, so it’s never crowded.
The crescent-shaped island is 600km east of Port Macquarie (on the NSW Mid North Coast) and is covered in natural forest, banyan trees and beautiful kentia palms. It’s surrounded by a NSW marine park and the world’s southern-most coral reef runs for six kilometres down its western side, enclosing a lagoon.
Thanks to a collection of rare plants, 130 bird species, 490 fish species and 90 coral species, Lord Howe Island has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Born from a volcanic eruption some seven million years ago, the towering peaks of Mt Lidgbird and Mt Gower dominate the southern tip of the island, which is home to around 350 permanent residents. It has pristine beaches, crystal waters, plunging cliffs and there is no pollution.
If you fancy an active holiday there is plenty to do – cycling, wind surfing, beach combing, mountain climbing, canoeing, tennis and loads of water activities.
Pro Dive Lord Howe Island is the longest established dive company on the island, with 38 years of experience under their belt. Owned and operated by Aaron & Lisa Ralph, Pro Dive offer dive courses, scuba trips, snorkelling tours and an incredible glass bottom boat coral viewing!
Warm tropical waters and cooler currents ensure a diverse and unique mix of marine life – diving paradise! While their purpose built 9.5M dive vessel, built in 2015, is customised to suit the conditions it will face and allows access to exceptional diving around the island.
With Islander Cruises, a three-hour trip to North Bay includes on-board commentary on the history of the area, ship wrecks and points of interest. You visit the wreck of the 1963 tuna boat Favourite, walk to Old Gulch on the island’s eastern side and climb Mt Eliza. You’re also bound to come across colonies of nesting birds.
A two-hour sunset cruise is where you enjoy the changing colours of the island as the sun dips over the horizon.
A two-hour QuantasLink flight from Brisbane (on weekends) or Sydney (most days of the week).