Home to some of Australia’s most secluded beaches, rare coral reefs, and wondrous geological formations, not to mention a limit of only 400 tourists at any given time, Lord Howe Island is an idyllic refuge from every-day life. Less than a two-hour flight from Sydney and Brisbane, the World Heritage listed island incorporates awe-inspiring natural beauty, rejuvenating spa treatments, and sophisticated dining, making it the ultimate getaway escape.
Here we take a look at our top 5 favourite things to do on a trip to the island:
1. The natural wonders found both in, and out of the water around Lord Howe are truly remarkable. Venture inland through towering forests and scale the heady heights of Mt Gower, or stick to the coastline and relinquish yourself to the spectacular turquoise waters teeming with marine wild-life. The beaches are stunning, virtually deserted, and award-winning. Check out the world’s tallest stack, the iconic Ball’s Pyramid, which juts majestically from the ocean, or for an unforgettable experience, witness the amazing fluorescent coral on a Night Snorkelling tour.
2. Although the calm and unassuming atmosphere of Lord Howe is enough to relax even the most knotted of shoulders, there are a number of day spas dotted throughout the island to enhance the escape from reality one step further. The Arajilla Day Spa provides a luxurious, uplifting experience through ancient, rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatments, all under a canopy of impressive Banyan trees.
3. The island’s simplistic, low-key approach, coupled with only a smattering of tourists, means that there are no sprawling shopping malls or large chains, which is all part of the charm. However, there are regular community markets and small boutiques where you can pick up delightful hand-made art, locally produced crafts, clothes, souvenirs, and delicious home-baked goods. You can view and purchase work from a local studio specialising in the island’s flora and fauna at Sea Spray Art Gallery.
4. Despite its size, Lord Howe Island is filled with tasty eateries, ranging from easy-going cafés serving tempting snacks, through to restaurants offering a quality of food that is somewhat unexpected. Wherever you eat, don’t miss out on the island’s most famous dish, the enormous Kingfish. One of Australia’s oldest restaurants is found at Pinetrees. Staffed with talented and dedicated chefs, world-class dishes are offered, accompanied by top-quality wines.
5. Lord Howe Island is seeped in naval and maritime history, and was first discovered in 1788, with many of the place names christened by the new arrivals still in existence today. The Lord Howe Island Museum re-tells this history, and also catalogues everything you’d ever need to know about the island. In addition to this, there are numerous displays and collections to peruse, including geology, photography and philately.
Lord Howe Island provides everything you need for the ultimate relaxing getaway, including the perfect place to stay. Take a look at the luxury accommodation on Lord Howe Island we have available.
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