Ball's Pyramid

Top choice in Lord Howe Island

Sticking out of the middle of the ocean some 23km southeast of Lord Howe Island, the memorably jagged silhouette of this crag stands 551m high. A volcano caused by the same hotspot that threw up Lord Howe, it has a steep slope, for very serious climbers only. But a boat trip out here is a memorable experience, and the diving and birdwatching are excellent. Several Lord Howe operators can get you out here, weather permitting.

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1. Mt Gower

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2. Intermediate Hill

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Another star exhibit for the Australian love of no-bullshit names, this hill (250m) offers some of the island's better views of Ball's Pyramid and a…

3. Lord Howe Island Museum

19.08 MILES

At what passes on Lord Howe for a major road junction, this museum has an interesting if somewhat random display on local history, taking in whaling, wars…

4. Ned's Beach

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A short stroll from town, Ned's Beach offers good snorkelling – you can hire wetsuits and gear from a little stall. Feeding the fish in the shallows here…

5. North Beach

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