About Lord Howe Island - A Rare Place Of Exceptional Beauty
Lord Howe Island is a timeless natural paradise where you can do as much, or as little as you want.
It is truly a rare place of exceptional beauty. There is no way of preparing the first-time visitor for the experience of Lord Howe Island.
Here, volcanic peaks, verdant rainforests, white sand beaches, rolling surf and a tranquil lagoon all combine to form an idyllic experience. You can go snorkelling or scuba diving and discover reefs full of rainbow coloured fish, swim with the turtles, marvel at flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth, climb mountains and see magnificent seabirds nest in their thousands, take a bike ride around the island or go bushwalking.
Lord Howe Island truly is an extraordinary place of contrasts with its rare collection of bird and marine life and exceptional natural beauty.
The crescent shaped main island of Lord Howe Island is only 11km from north to south and is up to 2.8km wide. To the south, you will see the spectacular Mt Gower and Mt Lidgbird.
Its coral reef, on the south-western side encloses the calm turquoise lagoon, while giant Banyan trees and Kentia Palm forests spread across the whole island. To the north are steep hills culminating in extensive sea cliffs. There are several groups of smaller islands and rocks with Balls Pyramid, a 562m pinnacle the most distant at 23km south-east.
Long recognised for its pristine natural heritage, Lord Howe Island was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 14 Dec 1982. Around 300 people are lucky enough to call the island home and visitor numbers are restricted to 400 at any one time to protect the island's natural environment.