Lord Howe Island was given World Heritage Status in 1982 in recognition of its superlative natural phenomena and its rich terrestrial and marine biodiversity as an outstanding example of an island ecosystem developed from submarine volcanic activity. Lord Howe Island is two hours by plane north east from Sydney with a climate best described as “perpetual spring”.
Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, 600km east of mainland Australia 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, from the sheer plunging cliffs of its imposing mountains, rainforests filled with birdlife and exotic flora, through to white sandy beaches, the turquoise lagoon and surrounding reefs with over 500 species of fish. Just two hours flight from Sydney has you touching down on what has been described as the most beautiful island in the world.
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.
Most of the island is virtually untouched forest with many of the plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Other natural attractions include the diversity of its landscapes, the variety of upper mantle and oceanic basalts, the world's southernmost barrier coral reef, nesting seabirds, and its rich historical and cultural heritage.
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. A restriction on visitor numbers to a maximum of 400 at any one time protects the Island from the ravages of crowding and provides the peace and tranquility generally so difficult to find.
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.
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*Valid for bookings 1st April 2015 - 31 October 2015.