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“Heaven on Earth!”
Review of Lord Howe Island

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SA
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 helpful votes
“Heaven on Earth!”
Reviewed November 23, 2010

If you are ever given the opportunity to travel here - take it! It is a rare natural beauty in a world often overloaded with crime and violence. The island is small in size - but not in any other sense. The locals have big personalities, the scenes are breathtaking and from the moment you arrive - you're in heaven. You can't help but be swept up in the laidback and friendly vibe. Everyone is happy to share their 'best spots' and ensure you're getting the most from the island. The main mode of transport is a bike and with only a couple of hills it means you appreciate every sight and sound, rather than simply drive by.
There are many activities including snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking, fish feeding and the endless walking trails that take you to some of the most untouched parts of the island.
The weather is also a major feature, its beautiful one day, stunning the next! There are a wide variety of accommodation options and also various places to dine.
There really isn't a negative thing to say about Lord Howe Island... other than that one day you do have to go home!

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Geelong, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 helpful votes
“Breathtakingly beautiful, secluded, quiet, island”
Reviewed November 11, 2010

As the tourist numbers are capped on Lord Howe, this island is (and will hopefully remain!) a sublimely beautiful and quiet paradise. It is very sensibly managed to preserve it's natural beauty with minimal development on the foreshore making it the most picturesque coastal location imaginable.

It has the most remarkable lagoon with calm, shallow, crystal clear water and clean, white sands I have ever seen. Hire a bike and cruise around the whole island stopping off at each different beach (which would be lucky to have 10 people on it at any one time!), there are miles of walking tracks with spectacular scenery and birds (and if you're fit enough, the day climb up Mt Gower is absolutely amazing though quite scary at times!), there is excellent snorkelling right in the main lagoon with the most amazing visibility (suitable for very inexperienced beginners) and the scuba diving (though I didn't do if myself) up there with the best in the world.

There is very little in the way of restaurants, no pubs/bars and very little to do after dark (which suited us fine as we were busy all day adventuring around) and hence the majority of visitors seem to be in the older bracket (nature lovers, bird watchers) with a few couples and young families. The accommodation is basic, it is expensive to get there and expensive to stay but it is truly an amazingly beautiful natural paradise.

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Sunshine Coast, Queensland
1 review
1 helpful vote
“Paradise Found!”
Reviewed September 29, 2010

Lord Howe Island is like a trip back to better days. My wife and I have just returned from 7 days on this dramatically beautiful island, and we've never had a more relaxed holiday. We stayed at the luxuriousl Arajilla Retreat, nestled among the palms and the banyan trees, and staffed by helpful, friendly people. The inclusive deal was pricey, but well worthwhile. The food was incredibly good; restaurant quality and a wide variety to tempt even the jaded palate. (We are both on weight reduction diets as a result!) I did not see one piece of paper or empty drink can as we walked and cycled all over the island, and everyone we passed had a friendly wave and a hello!
Ned's Beach is a must, soft sand and views to die for, plus a flotilla of hungry fish who come up to the shallows for bits of bread. There are lots of wonderful, empty beaches, and the snorkelling is easy and rewarding. We played golf on the spectacular 9 hole course (the honor system applies) and climbed a couple of hills. (Not the big one)
The peace and quiet probably wouldn't suit everybody, although all the youngsters on our flight (not to mention the island kids) obviously had a ball. I couldn't recommend LHI or Arajilla more highly.

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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
151 helpful votes
“Hints, Tips and Advice for the First Time Visitor”
Reviewed July 13, 2010

Based on our1 week winter visit:

Accommodation places are generally around the "village" but check out a) the distances to the PO, Joy's, the museum, the pier/wharf and Neds beach because the central boundary; b)the contours;c)the pictures on site as this identifies your views, wind protection and shade.
There is no central "shopping strip"; it is a shop here, a restaurant there, a museum over there all spread out by 300-500 metre intervals. Also, places like Beachcomer, Earls Anchorageand even Lorhiti involve some hills- not so pleasant going home. Blue Lagoon, Howeana, Leanda Lei, Mary Challis are the most central but add Pinetrees, Arajilla and Milky Way are being OK for location. Waimarie is a fair way out, it can be windy but has a view of the airport area and Capella is a long way a way but luxury pricing supplies golf carts for transport.

Getting Around: bikes are the go, walking is fine but you will add the kms.Note: there is next to no cars so the inexperienced cyclist has plenty of latitude.

Sights: Museum is a must; Neds beach for the fish feeding (buy old bread from Thompson store $1), all the beaches for a nice walk; shops are few and have very very limited LHI items; walks are the most popular activity with all well marked-distances, contours etc and suitable for average fitness except the 2 big mountains, tour operators exist eg environmental; cruises are good- glass bottom, around island, coral viewing, fishing etc but all are weather dependant (especially the wind);

Tips:
use the free phone next to the information board next the PO for contacting restaurants, Qantaslink, tour operators.
Restaurants have theme nights that are cheaper but you need to book as the are very popular
Take out travel insurance as a must because flights can be cancelled regulary due to unsuitable winds
Joys seems to have the biggest range and best prices for supermarket goods; find out the day for the ship to arrive to get the best
Cycling is enjoyable but watch the wind direction if going to the island extremes-strong winds means cycling on the spot
Bowls and golf have hire facilities almost 24hrs
Honesty is the best policy- no need to lock up, leaving bike/helmet etc is the norm
Cruises- sometimes the operators do not coordinate so if limited tourists are on the island liaise with all operators so you get your trip. Many are cancelled because of insufficient numbers, bad weather.Adopt the go as soon as going approach rather than be disappointed by waiting.
Enjoy the flight to LHI with good service-wine, snacks etc but only a sandwich for lunch; the right side of the plane is more likely to give the better view coming in ie seats C&D
Check out the birds; liaise with the museum to ensure you see woodhens rather than the more common banded rails
Make sure the camera battery is fully charged or take the spare
Buying fish(frozen) from a few outlets is a great way for a cheaper home cook meal
The Liquor store has the best wine prices starting at $11
Enjoy a picnic at the many free table/bench and even BBQ facilities provided-most with wonderful views
In winter some shops, restaurants, tour operators and accommodation places close as the owners take their holidays;
The weather can change quickly with periodic showers
Leave your ear plugs at home as the island is so quiet
The people are friendly and helpful but do not want to be regarded as commercial("leave that to the big islands")

Have a nice time

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Merimbula
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
“Lord Howe Island”
Reviewed May 18, 2010

My husband and I recently spent 10 magnificant nights at Leanda Lei Apartments on Lord Howe Island. It is one of the most beautiful and clean islands we have ever visited. Humpty Mick's was a great place to have breakfast, lunch and dinner if you felt like just relaxing and having a great meal with great service. All the restaurants and clubs drive you back to your accommodation when you are ready and Leanda lei had a whiteboard outside the office where you wrote the restaurant or club you wanted to go to. We went on several fishing charters but found our experience on 'Greenback' with Dave an unmatched day of fishing for Kingfish, having the choice of then attending his restaurant 'Pandanus' for a taste of our own catch which was amazing. His knowledge of conservation and all over understanding of fair fishing was refreshing to say the least, The weather was fantastic and we took some fabulous photo's. The only negative was that when we were researching Lord Howe on the internet it showed fishing charters with pictures of fishing boats that actually weren't even being used but just sitting in the lagoon doing nothing. This came as a surprise as we were told that the owner of these fishing boats was booked out but in actual fact the boats don't go out at all. If you are going to post information on the internet it should be current and truthful. Apart from that it was a wonderful holiday and we can't wait to go back next year.

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