Life on Lord Howe Island is relaxed and causal, where locals love telling yarns and ensuring that visitors leave with a smile on their face.
There are only 350 permanent residents on Lord Howe Island, with tourism and the Kentia Palm nursery being the key income sources. The majority of the Island is designated a Permanent Park Preserve with a small settlement centred on the north central area of the Island.
With visitor numbers limited to a maximum of 400 people at any one time, the Island is of course uncrowded and laid back. Lord Howe island is beyond the range of mobile phone reception and the island speed limit is a leisurely 25kms per hour to preserve prolific bird life as well as pedestrians. Many people on the island get around on foot or bicycle - at Arajilla, guests have bikes and access to its airport shuttle bus on an ad hoc basis if required.
Lord Howe Island is as far away as you can get the hustle and bustle of city life. Shopping on the island is limited, but the island does offer some modern comforts, including great coffee, casual cafes, award winning dining, spas, golf and bowling.
The island also boasts an award-winning local museum displaying natural and cultural history. Here you can learn about the island’s original settlers, many of whose descendants are still members of the Lord Howe Island community. The Museum Shop sells local arts, crafts and photography.
The community proudly flies its own distinctive Lord Howe Island flag.