Discover Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island is famous – and much-loved – for its striking landscape, and its plants and animals. Visitors can unwind with easy strolls through stunning vistas, or get more active with popular activities such as surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing and bird-watching. The Blue Peter Beach House is hidden behind a screen of kentia palms, elkhorns, and island bush and serenaded by the exquisite sound of native birds.
Lord Howe Island is the happiest place on Earth for bird watchers and eco-enthusiasts. More than 130 species of native and migratory birds call the island home. Nowhere else will avid and casual birdwatchers spot a woodhen with equal ease. Thirteen of the 490 fish species recorded are unique to the area.
Anglers can catch yellowtail kingfish and New Zealand bluefish and pit their skills against marlin, tuna and kingfish. The fish are attracted to more than 80 species of coral in the nearby reefs. In fact, it boasts the world’s southernmost barrier coral reef. Most of the island is untouched forest. You’ve probably seen it without know where it came from – the native kentia palm is the world’s most popular decorative palm. There are 64 unique species of flowering plants.
World Heritage Listed
A British naval captain, Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball, first spotted Lord Howe when he was taking convicts from the new Australian settlement of Botany Bay to Norfolk Island aboard HMS Supply, a First Fleet ship. He claimed it for Britain on the way back and named it after the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Howe. The island had been unknown even to the Polynesians.
The first settlers arrived in 1834 from New Zealand to set up a whaling supply station for a Sydney concern. By the 1870s, whaling was on the wane and the islanders began exporting kentia palm seeds to Europe for indoor plants. Tourists first came around the turn of the 20th century by ship. After WWII flying boats from Sydney brought over increasing numbers of visitors. An airstrip was opened in 1974, which permitted twin-engine aircraft to fly to the island.
Arajilla Day Spa
While staying at Blue Peter, you will receive priority at the Araijilla day spa, housed in a traditional yurt under a majestic banyan tree forest. This is the perfect setting to relax, unwind and enjoy all that this space has on offer.
Choose from one of the many treatments on offer that are therapeutic in nature. You will receive the benefits on all levels connecting your mind, body and soul.
Incorporating the wisdom of the Ayurveda philosophy recognises that everyone is unique and has delivered a skin care that has amazing results.
Getting here and around
Lord Howe Island is 600km off the Australian mainland in the South Pacific Ocean. Visitors usually arrive by plane – a two hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane. Blue Peter can arrange your airport transfers. As Lord Howe is part of Australia, no passport is required for Australian citizens. Australian money is used. Lord Howe Island also has some rental cars.
Lord Howe Island Flights and Transport
QantasLink operate Lord Howe Island flights that are less than a two hour trip from Sydney or Brisbane, Australia. With flights operating all year round, and the fact that guest numbers for Lord Howe Island are limited, you may need to think ahead to secure your spot on this uncrowded paradise. Reserve your holiday on Lord Howe Island at Blue Peter and book your flights with Qantas.
Your flight booking will take you away from the busy mainland, to a hidden sub-tropical paradise, with nature as your travel partner, and weather that can’t be beaten – even in the winter months.
Finding more flights to Lord Howe Island
With Lord Howe just 600km off the Australian mainland, visitors will usually arrive by plane or boat.
To make life easy for you, Blue Peter will arrange all your Lord Howe Island airport transfers to ensure your holiday gets off to the best start possible.
The flight over is quick in the Qantas Dash-8 Turbo Prop, with the friendly airline staff providing all normal domestic flight meals and refreshments.
As Lord Howe is part of Australia, no passport is required for Australian citizens.
Local Transport on Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island is very small, only 11km long and 2.8km wide. Guests to the island often prefer to explore on foot, and literally take in the natural beauty one step at a time.
If riding a bike is more your thing, Blue Peter has mountain bikes and helmets exclusively for your use.
Lord Howe Island also has a number of rental cars available from Wilson’s Hire Service.
For traveling on the open water, you may wish to hire Pro Dive to get you there.