Lord Howe Island is a fantastic holiday destination for those who love to experience unique wildlife. The island is located about 375 miles off the east coast of Australia and is well known for being a crescent-shaped remnant of a 7 million year old volcano. Lord Howe Island is roughly 6 miles long and 1 mile wide. In 1982 Lord Howe Island was designated a World Heritage Site.
Holidaying in this island is a must for those who love birds. Lord Howe Island is a home to more than 130 different species of birds that live and thrive on this beautiful island. Visit the island during March to November and trek along the Little Island Track to get a firsthand experience at the amazing display of aerial courtship by the winter-breed Providence petrel. The Providence petrel is one of the world’s rarest birds and returns to the island to nest. The bird is known for being able to be summoned out of the air by voice and landing at your feet, some people may be lucky as these birds sometimes like to climb into your lap.Credit: www.sxc.hu: diko1967
Not only does Lord Howe Island comprise of a beautiful inland forest, the real attraction is the stunning surrounding waters. Among the island’s coastal water there are more than 80 different species of coral and more than 400 species of fish. Which is great for snorkelling as the water is clear and clean. At Ned’s Beach the waters are frequently shallow so take some spare bread to hand feed king fish, wrasse and other various species of fish.
There are so many activities on the island these include scuba diving, kayaking, water sports, hiking, climbing, bush walks and bird watching. During low tide you can explore the reef by foot from the beach, to avoid injury make sure you wear water shoes or old sneakers.
Lord Howe Island also boast unique plant place having 50% of its plant life endemic to the area. You can find glowing mushrooms on the island, which are usually harvested after heavy rain and they can glow for days.
There are a few options for accommodation on the island. Visitors can choose from simple rooms to all-inclusive boutique accommodation. Lord Howe Island is not a typical resort island, no international corporations run the resorts here, and all the accommodation and resorts are run by local inhabitants. Only 400 guests are allowed on the island at any one time so you don’t have to worry about the overcrowding of other tourists. You can visit the island any time of the year.
Getting to Lord Howe Island
To get to Lord Howe Island you will need to travel by plane from either Sydney or Brisbane, Australia. Flights are generally 2 hours long.
There are usually no fees for majority of the activities. But if you do chose to do certain activities such as boating, snorkelling or scuba diving, you may need to pay to rent the equipment. Cost of accommodation depends on where you choose to stay and you will have to pay for transport and meals.