Long recognised for its pristine natural heritage, Lord Howe Island was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982. Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, 600km east of mainland Australia and only 2 hours flight from Sydney and Brisbane, the island is made up of permanent park reserve and protected marine parks.
Lord Howe Island is just 10km long and 2km at its widest. The island is one of contrasts, with volcanic peaks, verdant subtropical rainforests, white sand beaches, rolling surf and tranquil lagoons.
A rare and extensive collection of flora and fauna can be discovered on Lord Howe Island. The Island is home to more than 100 native species of plants, including the beautiful Kentia Palm as well as a wide array of more than 130 native and migratory bird species. Lord Howe Island is the only known location for the Woodhen and the Lord Howe Island stick insect because of the untouched nature of the island.
The pristine waters surrounding Lord Howe Island are home to more than 500 species of fish and 90 species of coral. Visitors are treated with some of the most remarkable snorkeling and scuba diving experiences in the South Pacific.
Lord Howe Island is the remnant of an ancient shield volcano that was formed over a magma hotspot. Ball’s Pyramid is the top of the seamount that rises around 1800m above the ocean floor.
Balls Pyramid is the world’s tallest sea-stack of basalt rock, rising 562m above sea level and located on the south of Lord Howe Island.
The Lord Howe Island community is a tightknit community of 350 permanent residents who live in a small settlement in the north central area of the island. Visitor numbers are limited to 400 people at any one time to protect the natural environment.
Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball first settled Lord Howe Island in 1834 and named the island after the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Howe, who was much revered for his distinguished service.
Since the first settlers, the island remains largely untouched due to its rugged terrain and perfect isolation.