Lord Howe Island   NSW   2898
Population: 400,  
Height above sea level: Nil,  
Latitude: 31.33.00,   Longitude: 159.04.00
Location:  500km east of NSW coast.
Highway: Access by ship or air. 
Nearest Major Town: Sydney 700 SW (Ocean)
Nearest Airport: Lord Howe Island
Touring Area: North Coast NSW
500km off northern NSW coast. World Heritage site. Access by air from Sydney, Brisbane or Port Macquarie. Tourist capacity 400 so book early. Sandy beaches, coral reefs, mountains. Cruises to other islands in the group.

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In 1788, the same year settlement was made at Sydney Cove, Lieutenant Henry Lidgebird Ball was travelling to Norfolk Island in the HMS 'Supply' when he stumbled across a 'Gem of the Pacific' in Lord Howe Island.
It was not until nearly half a century later that the first European settlers made their way to the island in 1834, and another 20 years till the population reached double figures.
The island is 11km. long and 1.5 wide, and developed as a result of extreme volcanic activity some 7 million years ago. Today it is magnificent green oasis and one of only 3 World Heritage listed islands in the World, and Australia's first.
Much of this is due to its natural state with around 2/3 of the island a Park Reserve. There are 130 species of birds recorded including several spectacular species, there are 24 species of butterfly, and over 500 of fish in the warm tropical waters and coral reefs surrounding the island, including visiting whales and dolphins.
Walking is one of the most popular activities and the rain forests and walking trails take you through dense tropical forests filled with the sounds of birds and animals. The Kentia Palm is a native to the island and ferny glades and shade trees provide plenty of spots to share a picnic lunch.
Ned's Beach, in the east of the island is a popular swimming place and there are cruises around the island and across the coral reefs in glass bottom boats.
The first island accommodation was established in the 1920s and in 1974 the first airstrip was built.
Prior to this, after World War 11, flying boats serviced the island from Rose Bay in Sydney. When I lived there I used to watch them sometimes, cumbersome great birds using half the length of the Harbour to lift their load into the air. they were wonderful and I often saw myself sitting back in the plane heading for the mysterious island miles away in the Ocean. I wish I had done it now.

Currency and Banking
Australian Dollars are currency on Lord Howe Island which is part of New South Wales. there are no ATMs, but there is a Commonwealth and a Westpac Bank.

Casual day clothes and slightly smarter for night are the go. Good walking shoes and an umbrella or light raincoat might be handy. The mean temperature is 26 degrees C in summer and from June to August around 16. Lord Howe Island is 30 minutes ahead of Autralian Eastern Standard Timne

Australian citizens do not need a passport or visa. there is a departure levy of $20 for visitors under 16 from the island. International visitors are covered under their Australian Entry papers.

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Sydney Visitor Centre.
Palm Grove, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: 02 9240 8788

Sydney Visitor Centre.
Cnr Argyle & Playfair Sts, Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: 1800 067 676

By plane from Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns

Copyright Peter W. Wilkins