About Lord Howe Island

Situated far out in the Tasman Sea, between Australia and New Zealand, is Lord Howe Island. The archipelago consists of 28 islands of varying size, though all of its 340 or so inhabitants live on the main island. As the island is part of Australia’s New South Wales state, the population enjoys all the benefits of Australian citizenship.

Because the island’s natural biosphere is something of a Darwinist treasure, the entire island is a UNESCO World Heritage site. A pristine forest, inhabited by a wealth of rare and unique plants and animals, covers most of the land. The waters surrounding the island are equally important, earning protected status under the Lord Howe Island Marine Park.

The locals are mainly descendents of American and European whalers who first made camp here six generations ago. When the whaling industry collapsed, the residents turned to growing and selling kentia palms. Tourism is another way the island maintains its small economy. But only 400 tourists are allowed on the island at any given time to protect the fragile native environment.

As such, facilities on Lord Howe Island are limited. There is general store, a handful of restaurants and a few inns. Most travellers come to this remote island to experience a world lost in time. Cycling is the main form of transportation since distances between locations are so short.

There are all kinds of activities for visitors who are self-starters. Water sports like sea kayaking, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and windsurfing are just some of the things to do in the pristine waters. On land, there is a nine-hole golf course, great hiking trails and plenty of beaches to lounge around on.

There is really no bad time to visit Lord Howe Island since temperatures hover around 22°C all year round.

Lord Howe Island

One of the reasons Lord Howe Island is such a special place is its remote location, in the middle of Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand. This isolation has helped it to develop a unique biosphere of flora and fauna, which in turn has warranted it UNESCO World Heritage status.

With only one police officer, no mobile phone service and a strict cap on the number of tourists who can visit the island at any one time, this travel destination is one of the most unique in the Pacific. But it is this very remoteness that makes Lord Howe Island such a magical place.

At 31° 31' south, the island is just far enough north to never get cold, but not quite north enough to be considered sub-tropical. Summer temperatures average 25°C and winter is only 6°C cooler. Most people visit in the winter months when the weather approaches perfection.

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About 'Lord Howe Island Australia'

Lord Howe Island Australia is a 'Web Magazine' website that is dedicated to all things related to Lord Howe Island. We are passionate about Australia's last great island paradise, its vast marine and wildlife, its lagoon and white sandy beaches, its crystal clear turquiose waters and the unforgetable experiences that are waiting for all who visit. Our aim is to discuss Lord Howe Island, its history, its environment, its wildlife and its spectacular destinations. We hope that this website will inspire all who visit, just as much as Lord Howe Island has inspired us.

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