Take a two-hour Dash 8 flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island and you’ve arrived at the world’s most southerly coral reef. Here you’ll find a perpetual spring climate, breathe in fresh South Pacific air and play in a haven deserving of its World Heritage status. The surprising part; you haven’t left New South Wale’s borders.
September to May boasts the best sunshine and swim weather but it’s impossible not to adore something on LHI any time of the year.
Lord Howe is literally a wetsuit paradise where you can learn how to dive, add to your open water memories and discover rare marine life. There are 60 or so dive sites and spots including must-for-experienced-divers, Ball’s Pyramid. Comet’s hole or Erscott’s Hole will keep underwater photographers happy snapping whilst those with a penchant for newly discovered should head to Deacon’s Delight. And if you’re keen to test your sea legs and perhaps bait a 30kg wahoo, kingfish or red emperor, private charter a boat. Enlist the help of local skippers to take you to the best hot spots.
With a blanket 25 kilometer per hour speed limit on the island the best way to get around is on a push bike or buggy (as you pass the locals expect a reciprocal wave). Tee off with other golf enthusiasts (the annual LHI Golf Open Week is on annually in November) or take a gourmet picnic under the two towering pine trees which overlook Lovers Bay. For a relaxed and low-key feed including the best chips on the island you’ll want to order from Humpty Mick’s Cafe.
Stay at Capella Lodge for a super friendly, high luxe and ultra chic beach house experience. A maximum of only 20 guests stay at the lodge at any one time – and they’re probably ‘regulars’ returning for their fifth, sixth or seventh getaway. Decadent dining using prime local and interstate produce, open fireplaces, Capella Spa treatments and a ‘wish you were here’ hot tub are just some of the goodies to expect.
Take to the highest twin peaks for rare plants, wet rainforest, bird life and spectacular ocean vistas. A hike up to Goat House Cave on Mount Lidgbird takes half a day, or if a 14km trek rising to Mount Gower’s summit sounds rewarding book in Jack Shick, fifth generation islander for a guided tour.
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