At first glance, one could be mistaken for thinking Lord Howe Island is where the film Jurassic Park was filmed. A mountainous island rich in dense tropical forest, Lord Howe Island is widely regarded as the most beautiful island in the Pacific.
Just a two-hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane, Lord Howe Island is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage property in global recognition of the island’s beauty and biodiversity. No passports needed here if you are Australian! The island’s isolation and its varied landscape of hills, lowlands and sea-cliffs have resulted in 75 per cent of the island’s original natural vegetation remaining intact and undisturbed. Likewise, it’s beaches, coral reef and marine environment are superbly pristine.
Fondly referred to as ‘The Last Paradise”, this tropical oasis is perfect for those looking to escape for a little R’n’R. Restricting tourist numbers to 400 at a time, there are a number of idyllic retreats and lodges to sojourn, including Arajilla Lodge which is nestled in a Banyan forest just behind Old Settlement Beach on Lord Howe Island. Well known for it’s outstanding spa and Ayurvedic Wellness Centre, where you can relax and restore your balance and energy, it’s easy to see why visitors often say paradise has been found on Lord Howe Island.
- How To Get There
QantasLink offers year-round scheduled services to Lord Howe Island. Flight time is under two hours, with flights departing from Sydney on most days, and from Brisbane on weekends.
- When To Go
Anytime! Lord Howe Island’s climate is mild, year-round. Sea breezes prevent the summers from being too hot, while surrounding warm seas ensure pleasant winters.