Lord Howe Island
This gem of the Pacific is approximately 2 hours flight from Sydney and Brisbane and one of a handful of places in the world, and one of just four island groups, to be award a world heritage listing. A small, vibrant community of just over 300 people, Lord Howe is never crowded … with people anyway. But take a short stroll or swim and life positively teems with exotic flora and fauna, much to the delight of human visitors.
Born from a volcanic eruption some seven million years ago, it has the southern-most coral reef in the world. The Island is 11 kms long and barely 2 kms at its widest point. Two-thirds of the island is covered in natural forests, Banyan trees and Kentia palms. The waters are crystal clear, the beaches are pristine, there is no pollution, birds and marine life abound.
The pristine waters surrounding world-heritage Lord Howe Island are home to 500 species of fish and 90 species of coral. Its sparkling lagoon is protected by the world’s southern-most coral reef creating a spectacular line of white surf against a blue backdrop of the South Pacific ocean. A State Marine Park was declared in 1998 and a Commonwealth Marine Park in 1999.