It is no wonder Lord Howe Island was recently named Australia’s best holiday island destination. This idyllic and exotic island escape is an untouched natural paradise, only a short flight from Sydney.
Think unspoilt soft sandy beaches, crystal clear water, great surf and an amazing array of rare plant and wildlife; all the traits of a World Heritage listed destination in a tropical climate that boasts no mobile coverage.
Let’s uncover five of the secrets to paradise found on Lord Howe Island.
1. Watch turtles grazing on sea grass at Old Settlement Beach
Old Settlement Beach is home to beautiful turtles that literally swim around you along the shore. The most isolated of 11 beaches, and located on the island’s northern tip, this is the perfect spot to relax, and soak in the peace and quiet that this destination is so proud of.
The sandstone rocks, which have become a unique feature overtime, make for a gorgeous backdrop whilst you enjoy a picnic, lose yourself in a good book or surrender your attention to the natural wildlife surrounding you.
2. Grab a snorkel and venture into the world of marine life at Ned’s beach
What an opportunity awaits. At the northeast tip of Lord Howe Island you’ll find Ned’s Beach. The chance to experience one of Australia’s most stunning natural aquariums. Hand feed exotic fish, watch the curious reef sharks, colorful clownfish and giant clams glide through the water, or enjoy the sight of the array of coral.
This is truly a chance to witness a diverse range of marine life so close to the shore.
3. Walking trails take you to breathtaking lookouts
A walk through the lush Kentia palms is the only way to seek out many of the island’s unique species of flowering plants and bird colonies. Although only 2km wide, and 11km long, Lord Howe has plenty of well-marked walking tracks to keep those who love to experience nature feet-first, happy.
Each of the graded walking trails enable access to most of the island and lead visitors to stunning vantage points.
Climb almost 200 metres up hundreds of wooden steps towards the famous area known as Mount Eliza to witness views of the entire island and lagoon, or veer off across cliff-tops towards Kim’s Lookout.
4. Enjoy the best on offer from a glass bottom boat cruise around the lagoon
The benefits of touring this island from the safety of a glass bottom boat are enormous. Watch the coral and sea life in its natural habitat, relax and take in the views of the surrounding cliffs and visit locations rarely seen by anyone on the planet.
The lagoon is also an amazing place to swim and is safe for the kids too.
5. Keen surfers head straight to Blinky Beach
For those looking to catch a wave or two, Blinky Beach is the place where surfers and body boarders head. It is an exposed reef break with lots of surf but without the population. Located on the eastern side of the island, it is definitely the place to catch a ride on some of the country’s least crowded waves.
A visit to Lord Howe Island is a must for anyone wanting to experience untouched paradise, amazing wildlife and beaches that you only dream about. A stay at the exclusive Arajilla Retreat is a must. Now that the secret is out, the world will want to take a look for themselves. This truly is the best holiday destination.
For more information on travelling to Lord Howe Island please contact your MTA Travel Expert.