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Introducing Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe is one of the best kept secrets along the Australian coastline. About 500km east of Port Macquarie and 770km northeast of Sydney, this exquisite, subtropical island remains remarkably pristine. Listed on the World Heritage Register for its rare bird and plant life, it lures ecotourists and those looking to escape the crowds for a quiet and authentic retreat. Many visitors are repeat customers who return regularly to indulge in Lord Howe’s bare-feet, first-name hospitality, idyllic beaches and tropical-paradise ambience.

Lord Howe is not a budget destination, although prices fall considerably in winter. Unless you have a boat you’ll have to fly here, and both food and accommodation are relatively limited and expensive. It’s popular with older travellers and honeymooners, but there’s plenty here for the active family.