Bushwalking and trekking through the island's forests are just two of the wonderful Lord Howe Island attractions. Water babies can head straight to the island's lagoons for fishing and surfing or scuba diving and snorkelling in the coral reefs. If you are a fan of sport, days can be spent on manicured golf courses and tennis courts. Or you can hit the water for a spot of kayaking or paddle skiing.
Discover a unique variety of marine life and hand-feed fish at Neds Beach Sanctuary Zone. In this northeast zone, you can take part in a popular Lord Howe tradition and feed a frenzy of mullet, garfish, silver-drummer fish, spangled-emperor fish, metre-long kingfish and wrasse fish. While you’re there, place a few dollars in Neds Beach’s honesty box to hire a mask, a pair of fins and a snorkel so you can discover more colourful clouds of fish in the calm waters.
Home to approximately 14 species of breeding seabirds, Lord Howe Island is a birdwatcher’s dream. The island has many vantage points from where you can study, photograph or simply watch the birds in their element. The Malabar Cliffs in particular offers great views of red-tailed tropic birds between November and June. Thousands of shearwaters (also known as mutton birds) fly back to the island on dusk every day from September to May, which proves a favourite view for many avian enthusiasts.
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a fantastic way to take in the sun, improve your balance and observe marine life up close. Lord Howe Island’s lagoon is the perfect spot to paddle board, especially if you’re a beginner at the sport, as the tranquil waters make it easy to take it at a leisurely pace. While on your board, keep an eye out for turtles and exotic fish, like Spanish dancers. If you’d like to catch some waves, you can paddle out further past the reef. Hiring the boards is easy, with many SUP companies available near the beaches.
Sit back and discover Lord Howe Island with a cruise on the traditional vessel, MV Lulawai. During this two-hour tour, you will be taken around to stunning sites on the island, including Ball’s Pyramid and North Head Cave, as well as mountain bases and volcanic cliffs. Along the way, you’ll also spot an abundance of the island’s flora and fauna, including the unique birdlife on Admiralty Islands. The friendly commentator will explain the history of the island, and you can choose from either indoor or outdoor seating.
Lord Howe Island is known to be home to some of the best day treks, even though the island is only 11 kilometres long. With trails ranging in levels of difficulty, you can choose what best suits your fitness and experience levels. If it’s a leisurely hike you’re after, then you can appreciate nature walks at sea level. For a more moderate hike, you can take a trail to Malabar Hill. Here, you’ll spot many seabirds and fantastic views of Admiralty Islands.