About Lord Howe Island
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.