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Getting there

Lord Howe Island lies approximately 600 km northeast of Sydney and southeast of Brisbane, Australia, at the same latitude as Port Macquarie, NSW. It forms part of the state of New South Wales.


How to get to Lord Howe

Apart from sailing your own yacht, the only feasible way to reach Lord Howe is by air.

QantasLink offers year-round scheduled services to Lord Howe Island. Flight time is under two hours, with flights departing from Sydney on most days, and from Brisbane on weekends.

A seasonal weekly service to the Island is also available direct from Port Macquarie from February to June and September to December.

There are connecting services with Qantas from all Australian capital cities and with QantasLink from many regional centres.

More information on the QantasLink Lord Howe service »


When to go

Anytime! Lord Howe Island’s climate is mild, year-round. Sea breezes prevent the summers from being too hot, while surrounding warm seas ensure pleasant winters.

Maximum temperatures on the island hover around 25 degrees Celsius throughout summer, dipping to an average of 19 degrees in winter, while daily minimums range from 20C in summer falling to around 12-14C in winter.

The most popular time to visit Lord Howe is between September and June, however even in the winter months (July and August), the days can be sunny and warm, while at night, roaring fires keep things cosy.


Where to stay

There are 18 properties to choose from. Most are family operated. They vary in size from 4 to 85 beds and offer a variety of services and facilities. Visitor numbers are limited to 400 at any one time. Camping is not permitted.

More information on Lord Howe Island Accommodation »


Tourist Levy

The tourism levy is included in your airline ticket. The levy helps us maintain a beautiful environment and particularly visitor’s facilities such as walking tracks, picnic areas, BBQs, shelter sheds and toilets.


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