Some people claim that Australia’s Lord Howe Island holds the honor of being the most beautiful island in the Pacific. Situated 700km (435mi) northeast of Sydney and governed by New South Wales, this incredibly unique and pristine paradise will leave you breathless and in awe. For this reason, Lord Howe Island was granted status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.
Lord Howe’s astounding beauty began over 7 million years ago, when a volcano that continuously erupted for 500,000 years, formed the island. The islands are the top of the volcano, which sits 2,000 m (6,562 ft.) under the sea. Aside from the island laying claim to having the world’s most southerly, true coral reef, but it also boasts scenic and spectacular landscapes that provide a home for a dizzying number of native and endangered flora and fauna, found nowhere else in the world.
Once you arrive you’ll find that bicycles are a very popular form of transportation. However, if this isn’t your style, you may want to consider looking into Budget car hire, to help you tour the island. With a 25 km/hour speed limit, you’ll be leisurely cruising around the island. You’ll also be entirely disconnected from the rat race and furious tempo of daily life, as the island only has one police officer, and enforces a strict cap on the number of tourists allowed on the island at any one time, qualifying Lord Howe as one of the Pacific’s most atypical islands.
Being the Shangri La that it is, Lord Howe showcases any number of iconic features; chiefly among them Mt. Gower and Ball’s Pyramid. Mt. Gower towers over the island at 875 m (2,871 ft.), offering amazing 360 degree views, and one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed walks. The arduous 8 hour round trip hike includes rope-assisted climbs and dizzying drops. From atop, you might just see Ball’s Pyramid 23 km to the southeast. The pyramid is the world’s tallest sea stack and stands 551 m high. The area is a hotspot for world class quality, fishing charters and scuba diving, which are just a couple of things to do on an island with seemingly endless options.
Lord Howe offers 11 distinct beaches for your sun worshipping and water sport loving pleasure. The combination of crystal clear blue waters and unique fish species makes the island and surrounding marine areas, a fisherman’s and scuba divers dream. However, if neither one of those activities floats your boat, don’t worry. Kite boarding, paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking, sailing and snorkeling can be some of the other marine sports at your fingertips. If you prefer to be a landlubber, you can choose from golf, tennis, bird watching, and bike riding.
Whatever you decide to do with your time spent at Lord Howe, there’s no doubt that the island’s beauty will impress you, etch long-lasting memories in your mind and leave you with a soulful yearning to return and reconnect with where heaven kisses the Pacific.