The premier destination for birdwatchers, Lord Howe Island is the breeding ground for 14 different species of seabird. It's mindboggling to experience the hundreds of thousands of birds gliding effortlessly in the sky above you. Fishing on Lord Howe Island is also world class, with dozens of spots where keen anglers can hook monster fish. Kingfish, Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo are all quite common, and the truly serious can charter a vessel and target Black, Blue and Striped Marlin just 30 minutes out from the jetty. The islands' bays are protected by the world's most southerly coral reef, giving shelter to a crystal clear lagoon. Words cannot describe this idyllic location - Lord Howe Island is simply spectacular.
The lagoon provides safe and secure snorkelling for your kids to explore the oceans wonderland, paddling at the edges or discovering colourful coral just metres from the shore. Scuba Diving at Lord Howe Island is magnificent, typically offering 30m visibility with over 90 species of coral and 500 species of fish. The island's location is at the crossroads of five major ocean currents, giving divers an experience unlike any other in the world. Over 60 dive sites surrounding Lord Howe Island are recognized as world-class, all within a 20 minute boat ride from shore.
Once you've had your fill of the ocean, take a stroll through lush palm forests growing right at sea level, or tackle a more advanced cliff hike as you search for rarer seabirds. The most challenging is an eight hour trek to the top of Mount Gower. Take a guide along for this one! One of the most spectacular destinations in the world, the dramatic scenery, rare flora and fauna and lush tropical landscapes are as breathtaking as they are unique. Enjoy pristine beaches with oceans brimming with colourful marine life, you'll love the warm climate, friendly local community and quickly realise Lord Howe Island is the perfect destination for all ages.
Spawned from the remnants of an ancient volcano, Lord Howe is a crescent shaped island in the Tasman Sea. The closest land is Port Maquarie, but sitting almost 600km east, you'll appreciate how isolated this island really is. The only way in is a flight from Sydney, Brisbane or Port Macquarie (seasonal), but be prepared for the price tag. This remote paradise needs one of the most expensive domestic flights in Australia to get there. Save some money and find a great Lord Howe Island hotel, and go see for yourself what all the fuss is about. You won't be disappointed!
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