Seabirds breed in their hundreds of thousands on this beautiful group of islands. Enjoy a barbecue on the beach. Stay in luxury accommodation. Walk through rainforest in the Valley of the Shadows and hand-feed fish at Neds Beach.
Go snorkelling or diving on the reef and see up to 90 coral species as well as turtles and reef fish. Rent a cycle from Wilsons Bike Hire and explore the island, which is just 11 km long. You can also surf, kayak, windsurf and stand-up paddleboard.
You’ll feel special on Lord Howe Island. Only 400 visitors are allowed at any one time, although you will have to share this island paradise, 600 km east of the Australian mainland, with huge flocks of seabirds that nest there each year.
You can scuba dive and snorkel among more than 500 species of fish in crystal-clear waters on the world’s most southerly coral reefs, or spot them from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat. Walking trails criss-cross the island, from lush rainforest and tranquil beaches to the island’s summits. Mount Gower rises 875 metres and has spectacular panoramic views from the top.
Pamper yourself with a luxurious spa treatment and later dine on fish caught on the reefs. The island has a range of places to stay, from resorts to apartments. Among the many things to do is deep-sea game fishing. Many charter boats operate from the island.
Flights from Sydney take less than two hours and Qantas offers year-round services. Seasonal flights direct from Port Macquarie, north of Sydney, operate from February to June and September to December.