What to do and see in Lord Howe Island, Australia: The Best Places and Tips

September 12, 2017 Karren Gelb

Discover the best top things to do in Lord Howe Island, Australia including Ned's Beach, Lagoon Beach, Chase ‘n’ Thyme Tours, Mt Gower, Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, Pro Dive Lord Howe Island, Lord Howe Island Museum, Lord Howe Environmental Tours, Islander Cruises, Marine Adventures.
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1. Ned's Beach

Lord howe Island, Lord Howe Island 2898, Australia
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Ned's Beach

Reviewed By cforcolin - Melbourne, Australia

We swam here every day . The water temperature was excellent and you can snorkel amongst the coral and all the fish. You can hire umbrellas, wet suits boards flippers and snorkel gear at the beach on an honour system. They also have a dispensing machine for fish food. If you don’t want to sit on the sand, there’s a wonderful grassed area with some shade only metres from the beach. A must if you are on the Island.

2. Lagoon Beach

Lord Howe Island, Australia
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Lagoon Beach

Reviewed By Ann L - Melbourne, Australia

Snorkelling in the Lagoon via a boat trip was fantastic, the coral Gardens and sea life is amazingly beautiful and varied. Quite often when just floating in the water you would see schools of little fish come to investigate the water just below you or just below the surface of the water.

3. Chase ‘n’ Thyme Tours

Lord Howe Island 2898, Australia
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5 based on 135 reviews

Chase ‘n’ Thyme Tours

Chase "n" Thyme Island Journeys - More than a tour, a journey through the island from early settlement to the present day and all the wonderful things in between. Come with your hosts Janine and Peter Phillipps on an entertaining and informal tour of Lord Howe Island's more interesting nooks and crannies! Janine can trace her origins through five generations to Nathan Chase Thompson who settled on the island in the 1850's. Peter was the island's postmaster for nearly ten years, he has had a number of the photos published in various articles as well as writing a book and producing two DVDs on Lord Howe Island's history. Think you know the island? After our tour you will know Lord Howe Island! You will learn more in a morning with us than you would if you spent a week searching things out for yourself. We get you "under the skin" of the Island, the "nuts and Bolts". There is more to this small island out in the South Pacific than first meets the eye, and you will have a way better holiday for the knowledge you gain! All Corners of the Island Tour! every day by demand pick up 9.10am (3.15 hours). A great introduction on what, where and how to do Lord Howe! What are the best walks? Where do you get the best photos? Includes visits to the local school, Government House the hospital and the Catalina monument! We point out many of the island's ever changing sea and land birds. The island's rare bird the endemic Woodhen and Kentia Palm.Learn all about the island's social history, early settlement, predators and pests, flora and fauna, ships, flying boats and the airstrip, island tales and even buried treasure! Cappuccino/tea and muffin at our secluded Ned's Beach home included with this tour.

Reviewed By wolfsbite - Hobart, Australia

Unexpected but previous reviews should have prepared us. Just a delightful, informative tour with great photo stops and morning tea thrown in. Other tour operators in Australia could learn something here. Highly Recommended.Wow, humbled by your review, thank you for your kind works.

4. Mt Gower

Lord Howe Island, Australia +61 2 6563 2214
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Mt Gower

Reviewed By elephantbus - Sunshine Coast, Australia

Climb this "hill" and get to see some of the most beautiful views you will see in your life If you are a fauna person nature throws you some beauties Get out of your chair and do it

5. Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

Lord Howe Island, Australia
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Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

Reviewed By themudgeerambler - Mudgee, Australia

there are a lot of well marked trails on Lord Howe and there is a good map available to show you where they all are. Choose walks to your ability and fitness. I would not tackle Mount Gower for instance without being fit, confident and not afraid of heights. Its not really a walk its more like a climb with a lot sections accessible only with the use of the ropes provided! Note: you must go on a guided tour to Mt Gower, there are 2 providers at present. Walks are generally Thursday, Monday and wednesday.
There are also easy walks to do and each has its own rewards. The Malabar walk is rated 4 (5 is the highest ie Mt Gower) and has some steep sections but the track is well defined and a lot of steps have put in place, making it easier. It easier starting the walk near Nrds Beach. The views from the Malabar lookout on the cliffs is spectacular, particularly if you can see the swarming Tropic Birds flying intheir thousands just in front of you. Suggest you continue to Kims Lookout and then back down to Settlement Beach.
Transit Hill is easier and there is an elevated platform for good views around the island. Continue on to Blinkys Beach for a paddle and a swim if its not too wild.
Easier still is the Clear Place walk which is a good stroll through rainforest.
Do as many as your fitness and time will allow you!

6. Pro Dive Lord Howe Island

Lagoon Road, Lord Howe Island 2898, Australia
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Pro Dive Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is less than 2 hours flight from Sydney or Brisbane and surrounded by a Marine Park. Over 500 species of fish and 90 species of hard and soft corals, Lord Howe provides and underwater experience for divers of all experience levels. Pro Dive operate dives everyday (weather permitting) and have the only dive boat on the island that is surveyed to dive Balls Pyramid. Dive sites around the island vary from 5 – 30 meters with an array of both tropical and temperate water species. Most dives are suitable for Open Water certified divers. Balls Pyramid is very weather dependent and an advanced Open Water certification is required for this dive. Pro Dive operate from September to May and bookings are essential. Great diving packages can be booked online.

Reviewed By Magda R

We did an Advanced Open Water course with Pro Dive LHI this year. It was a great choice. We significantly improved our skills (especially buoyancy) and learned a lot (exercises with a compass and "towel walking" were funny but effective). Aaron is a very professional...MoreThank you very much for your kind words and acknowledgement of our well rounded team. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your course and your time spent on the island and look forward to your return! Cheers, Aaron and team.

7. Lord Howe Island Museum

Middle Beach Road | Lord Howe Island, Lord Howe Island 2898, Australia +61 2 6563 2114
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Lord Howe Island Museum

Reviewed By cforcolin - Melbourne, Australia

Whilst quite small, we found the exhibits well presented and very informative. It covers the creation of the island through to the early settlements. I found the exhibit regarding the flying boat prior to the construction of the airport interesting as we flew on it to Lord Howe 50years ago!

8. Lord Howe Environmental Tours

Lagoon Road, Lord Howe Island 2898, Australia
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Lord Howe Environmental Tours

Established in 1998, Lord Howe Environmental Tours provides a wide variety of unique adventures. Tours include: Coral Viewing & Snorkelling The Coral Viewing and Snorkelling Tour is the ultimate way to experience the lagoons premier reef and coral holes. This two hour tour focuses on exploring the profuse coral seascape and introduces visitors to some of the more unusual lagoon inhabitants such as the endemic double-header wrasse, stingrays and turtles. Mt Gower Trek The Mount Gower Trek justly deserves its ranking as one of Australia’s top day walks. Taking approximately five hours to reach the summit at 875 metres and another four hours to return, this trek should not be taken lightly. During the trek you will enjoy the views of Balls Pyramid, Mt Lidgbird, the lagoon and the Island’s northern settlement area. You will also discover the mist forest on the summit of Mt Gower containing trees, ferns, mosses and orchids seen nowhere else on the planet. Specialty Snorkelling Tour For the snorkelling enthusiast join us on our two hour Specialty Snorkelling Tour to four or more of the lagoons most amazing coral Gardens. Enjoy snorkelling within the calm pristine waters of the lagoon and marvel at the diversity of this reef environment. The specialty Snorkelling Tour has been developed specifically by Lord Howe Environmental Tours to enable snorkelers to experience the greatest range of coral communities and fish fauna within the Island’s stunning lagoon. We take you to four amazing locations on this tour. We have a wide selection of other tours, including: Guided Kayak Tours Private Glass Bottom Boat Charters Admiralty Island Guided Kayak Tour Night Snorkelling Tour Blackburn Island, Natural History and Seabird Tour North Bay and North Head Natural History Tour We also hire: 1 and 2 person Kayaks Paddle Boards Mask, Snorkels and Fins

Reviewed By Viv A - Newcastle, Australia

We did the 2 hour Glass bottom boat Coral and snorkeling tour and it was very well priced...in fact amazing given the prices of everything else on the island.
We saw oodles of sea life and and corals with excellent commentary. We were provided wet suits at no additional cost which we were pleased to accept.
Certainly would recommend this outing.

9. Islander Cruises

Anderson Road, Lord Howe Island 2898, Australia
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Islander Cruises

Explore the beautiful lagoon of Lord Howe Island with the most experienced and friendly Glass Bottom boat, snorkel turtle tour operators. Islander Cruises is a one-stop shop for all your aquatic needs. We offer snorkel tours, turtle tours, Aquascooter tours, hire gear including snorkel gear, wetsuits, GoPro's, kayaks and stand up paddle boards.

Reviewed By David B - Melbourne, Australia

We (3 people) went on the round island tour. It was in a fishing boat. Hard for elderly people (70's and 80's) to get into and out of, and not much in the way of Seating whilst on board.. One other person was sea sick...MoreHi David, Thank you for your review. That's a good recommendation, we try to only go around the Island in the best conditions but in saying that it can still be rough in some parts. Good to keep in mind! cheers Pete

10. Marine Adventures

Lagoon Beach Road, Lord Howe Island 2898, Australia
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Marine Adventures

Marine Adventures "Home of the Turtle Tour" Lord Howe Island

Reviewed By 21girlie - Coffs Harbour, Australia

On the last sunny day of our stay on LHI we went on the MV Lulawai for an Around the Island tour. After paying our $75 each, we boarded with approximately another 10 passengers. The cruise headed south, taking us out of the lagoon past...MoreThank you for the fantastic review, pleased you enjoyed the tour and were able to appreciate our beautiful Island! Hope the swell wasn't too rough for you after all. Hope to see you next time!

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