North Beach

Lord Howe Island

This pretty crescent of sand is reached by a thigh-straining up-and-down walk over a ridge from town, but it's worth it, with barbecue facilities and the clamour of nesting sooty terns. Don't fancy the stairs? Get your arms working instead and paddle here in a kayak.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Lord Howe Island attractions

1. Ned's Beach

1.39 MILES

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…

2. Lord Howe Island Museum

1.55 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…

3. Intermediate Hill

3.46 MILES

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…

4. Mt Gower

5.04 MILES

The southernmost of the two magnificent peaks dominating the island, Mt Gower (875m) is a spectacular sight. Though it looks sheer at first glance, it's…

5. Ball's Pyramid

20.44 MILES

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…