A mix of landscapes from mountains to sea-cliffs and coral reef are the elements of Lord Howe Island, an exclusive isle located off New South Wales, Australia, less than a 2 hours flight from Sydney or Brisbane.
First discovered by Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball in 1788, Lord Howe Island was settled in 1834. In the following years it was used as a ships station between Sydney and Norfolk Island. Tourism started around the 20th century thanks to the spectacular setting, the possibility to practice diverse activities and thanks to the recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982.
With a unique flora and fauna, Lord Howe Island is considered an outstanding example of exclusive ecosystem developed from submarine volcanic activity.
White sandy beaches, paradisiacal Lagoons protected by coral reef and a variety of birds and marine life characterize the island. Visitors can experience bird watching, with 14 species of seabirds, fishing, one of the top fishing destinations for its Marine Park and abundance of fish; snorkeling and scuba diving, discovering its spectacular coral reefs and crystal water and hiking and bike riding, with delightful trails.
Photo credit: ©Lord Howe Island Tourism Association, Mt Eliza, Don Fochs, Ian Hutton, Ken Lees, Kerry Lorimer, Jack Shick