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Lord Howe Island

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Tiny Lord Howe Island, now a World Heritage Listed site, is part of the world’s southern most coral reef. Its remoteness has protected its flora and fauna and most of the island is still covered in natural subtropical forests. The marine life has also been preserved and there is a huge variety of fish and 90 different types of coral. It is also a popular nesting ground for both sea turtles and bird life.

Lord Howe Island was created by a collapsed shield volcano and was never part of the Australian continent, so most of the islands plants are endemic, the most recognisable being popular houseplant, the kentia palm, and the Glowing Mushrooms (which glow brightly enough to read by and last for several days.).

Uninhabited until 1834, Lord Howe Island has only 280 permanent residents and tourist numbers are limited to 400 at any one time. Varied accommodation is available from luxury to camping and activities include walking, diving, snorkelling, sailing and cycling.

Lord Howe Island is a two hour flight from Sydney.

Lord Howe Island Tourist Information.

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

Other expert and press reviews

“Good for a short visit”

I haven't been there but know a bit about it. Good for a short visit in the warmer months of the year, but I suspect that three days there would be enough as it is tiny and has a tiny resident population with lots of homestays and small lodges. Various… Read more...

Written by  Ian Wilson.

“Lord Howe Island”

I haven't been there but know a bit about it. Good for a short visit in the warmer months of the year, but I suspect that three days there would be enough as it is tiny and has a tiny resident population with lots of homestays and small lodges. Various… Read more...

Written by  Ian Wilson.

“Lord Howe Island Group”

A remarkable example of isolated oceanic islands, born of volcanic activity more than 2,000 m under the sea, these islands boast a spectacular topography and are home to numerous endemic species, especially birds. Copyright © UNESCO/World Heritage Cent… Read more...

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