Lord Howe Island is part of New South Wales, but far out to sea, 700 kilometres north-east of Sydney and 700 kilometres south-east of Brisbane. Lord Howe Island is crescent shaped, eleven kilometres long and only two to three kilometres wide. At the southern end are two substantial mountains, the towering peaks of Mt Lidgbird (777 metres) and Mt Gower 875 metres).
Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage site, making it only one of four island groups in the world to get on this list. Visitor numbers are controlled and accommodation must be pre booked. Born from a volcanic eruption seven million years ago, the Island is 11 km's long and barely 2 km's at its widest point. Two-thirds of the island is covered in natural forests, Banyan trees and Kentia palms.
The waters are crystal clear, the beaches are pristine, there is no pollution, birds and marine. Lord Howe Island are home to 500 species of fish and 90 species of coral. Its sparkling lagoon is protected by the world's southern-most coral reef creating a spectacular line of white surf against a blue backdrop of the South Pacific ocean.
There are three general stores on the island and several restaurants. Lord Howe island accommodation is very limited and must be prebooked.
At this beach you can hand feed the fish, snorkel, swim, surf or bush walk.
Balls Pyramid is part of the erosional remnants of a shield volcano and caldera that formed about seven million years ago. Balls Pyramid is 10 miles (16 km) south of Lord Howe Island, and is a spectacular sight sitting in the middle of the ocean.
Lord Howe Island Historical Society Museum
This museum has valuable artifacts, photographs documents and collections relating to Lord Howe's cultural and natural history. There are also daily presentations on geology, birds, flora and fauna, history and marine life. Middle Beach Road (02 6563 2111)
Lord Howe Island Marine Park
The marine park surrounding Lord Howe Island contains the world's southernmost barrier coral reef. There are over 300 species of algae, 450 species of fish and 120 species of mollusc. Green and Hawksbill turtles can be seen during the Summer months. Swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving are all popular activities in the park, and boat trips and diving tours operate from the island.
This is Lord Howe Islands highest peakand takes about nine hours. The general advice is to use a local guide mainly due to one section which is 500 metre ledge with a 150 metre sheer drop and there are other steep sections with exposed climbing.
The walk to the top of this hill, 147metres, is known as Mount Eliza Walk. The walk starts from King's Beach and travels through rainforest until you reach the top where the views are stunning.
If you are looking for relaxation, swimming or snorkeling, The Lagoon is the place to go. Located on the western side of Lord Howe, is this lovely coral reef. Glass bottom boat tours are available as well as snorkeling tours.