Lord Howe Island – Selfish Serenity - Go55s

Lord Howe Island – Selfish Serenity

Autumn is the time to recharge the batteries. The chaos of Christmas is over. The family has re-grouped.  All are back into the routines of the rat race. Work, school and daily duties.

Its your time. Your life. You are going to be selfish and think only of yourself.

Where do I go? Where will I be truly be able to enjoy myself far from the daily calls and email streams, the rivers of ruination. Where is the paradise?

A paper sits open on the kitchen table. Escape to Lord Howe, the headline scream.  GO55s. It must be a message.

Only 2 and a half hours away. Easy. No crime, no sirens, no construction noise. Thank you so much.

Pure peace on a piece of paradise. Only 400 visitors at any one time. 350 locals. You know you can handle that.

It’s a top ten list Pacific Paradise. Aquamarine lagoons. Clean Gin clear water. Stunning.

So many wonderful places to stay. Ned’s Beach where you can hand feed tame fish. Fish food is provided for free, to allow all this magical experience.

Adjacent to the spectacular Neds Beach, Admiralty Apartments are LHI’s newest luxury accommodation.  These 2 spacious private apartments are surrounded but tropical gardens, stylish appointed with everything a couple could need in a position of privacy & luxury seclusion right on the beach. Go to http://admiraltyapartments.com.au for all bookings and further information.

There is so much to see and do on Lord Howe Island. Swimming, snorkelling, fishing, diving, surfing, windsurfing and Stand Up Paddling are popular. Treks and walks are too.

Walks can be guided or on your own. Ask at your accommodation There are group walks and trekking events year round. Climbing is big on the Island with experienced guides available for all grades. Climbing events are held at various locations on different weeks throughout the year. Walking is Life on Lord Howe. See the shoeless kids walk to school. Super Casual. Super Cool.

Pinetrees has weeks for all interests throughout the year. Photography weeks, swim weeks. Food and wine tasting weeks, Art weeks and Climbing/Trekking weeks such as the Seven Peaks Walk go to www.pinetrees.com.au for more information.

Lord Howe is a haven for sports lovers and enthusiasts. They hold an Open Golf Tournament in November each year. The bowling fraternity welcome visiting bowlers, hold weekly games and host big events. Surfers are spoiled for choice on an island with secret breaks hidden from all but the locals.

The Lord Howe Rockfest takes place in March, music and nightlife take over the Island of Dreams as hits echo over the Lagoon. Heaps of live performers and high quality music for a week of you life. Rockin on the Rock.

For a friendly stay, many of our regular visitors to LHI recommend Hideaway Apartments; close to walking tracks, beaches & shops. Fully equipped with a BBQ for al-fresco dining. Choose from the cottages or 5 spacious 2 room apartments with all facilities. 02 6563 2054 for further details.

A kaleidoscope of colour awaits swimmers, snorkelers and divers on Lord Howe. So many vivid corals and fluorescent fish, it’s whirl of  sparkling shapes.

Lord Howe Reef is part of an underwater plateau known as the Lord Howe Rise with Middleton Reef, Chan Reef and Elizabeth Reef, making up the chain. These are around a days sailing from Lord Howe and the fishing is beyond description. Only 200 people have ever visited these reefs. You may be able to charter a boat for the overnight journey. You can stand in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a metre wide strip boat of sand here. A unique experience.

Food is a dream on Lord Howe Island. High quality local produce and fresh line caught seafood make gourmet dining an everyday pleasure. Hot mainland chefs regularly come for a season or a year on the Island, adding a personal flair to the exotic face.

Lord Howe Community Markets attract the visitors, who are surprised by the fresh organic local grown produce and the variety of cool cultural craft works.

Bikes are the main mode of transport for locals and visitors alike. Top speed on motorized transport is 25km per hour. Everybody waves as they go past. Everyone says hello, kids can go shoeless to school. Island style. Hire your bikes from Wilsons Hire Service, booking ahead is advised especially during school and public holiday periods. They have late model cars as well. You can hire all your snorkelling gear from there – go to cmmnswilson@bigpond.com

The island is blessed with mountain peaks & rugged cliffs. Hiking, trekking, mountain climbing & eco-watching can be combined together in the Seven Peaks Walk-a 5-day guided adventure from beach to mountain through Lord Howe’s challenging terrain. After each walk return to the comfort of Pinetrees for a hot shower, icy cold beer & a chef prepared gourmet 4 course dinner with superb wines. Challenge yourself by day, push your limits then relax the night away in luxury, the perfect mix go to www.pinetrees.com.au

The clear air is breathable. The sky full of birds. At night you are blanketed by the Milky Ways comforting starscape.

Lay on the beach or get out and about and walk, ride or swim.

And after an active day head back to Waimarie Apartments, which are located 1.5km to the main shops & 150m to Lagoon surf beach for a stay in one of their spacious one bedroom self-contained fully equipped holiday apartments. http://waimarielordhoweisland.com.au/

The Island hospital has 4 beds, but accidents rarely happen on this peaceful, crime free Island and the ones that do are mainly due to climbing accidents on the steep mountains. Remember not to take on anything too hard and you should be ok.

Only 2 hours to perfect paradise, no need for a passport or a visa. No need to lose money on the foreign exchange rates. A place to forget your mobile phone and your internet addiction. A rare isle of serenity in a hyped-up connected world. No ATMS, no predators, no crime. Over 80% is native forest. You will be astounded. Sea Turtles swim at settlement beach.

The local beach has a sunset BBQ most nights but most of our turtle watching visitors like to stay at the Milky Way Apartments on Old Settlement Beach one of the most picturesque beaches in Australia. Here you tariff includes all linen and beach towels with a free food parcel on arrival. You can charter a boat for your local fishing and diving right here. Go to http://milkyway.net.au/

Remove yourself from your distractions. Be Selfish. Think of You and Your Needs. Think of yourself faraway from the maddening crowd. Ah, the serenity. Serenity Now, Serenity Now

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