Lord Howe is a Top Ten Destination - Go55s

Lord Howe is a Top Ten Destination

You see it on every Top Ten list. It’s in every blog, brochure or Magazine. It is on every top Ten list you can imagine. The top ten destinations, the top ten small Islands of the World; the top ten most unique holidays; the list goes on and on.

The stunning aquamarine Lagoon is on every list. Clean, clear gem crystal waters. The Idyllic setting. The stunning variety of seabirds and fish.

Only 200m from Lagoon beach and right opposite the grocery store is Leanda Lei, who have packages that include accommodation, most meals and a tour each day. Leanda Lei Apartments are set amongst beautiful tranquil garden’s & lawns that take in the view of Mt Gower & Mt Lidgbird. Only a 400m walk to Lagoon Beach & its natural treasures & walking distance to the main attraction on this peaceful yet active isle. Long established as the first purpose built guest house on the island, the refurbished accommodation consists of self-contained apartments & a modern studio. All the modern comforts with a slice of island history at this fabulous location – go to http://www.leandalei.com.au/ for all the details of tours, accommodation & all-inclusive package deals.

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 knowing and outer reefs galore. Likewise, wind and kite surfers, local competitions are held, and Lord Howe is a great place to enjoy or learn S.U.P., wind and kite surfing or Surfing. Ask at your accommodation for the best deals.

You can opt to relax, sunbathe, take a dip in the azure sea or snorkel through the schools of fish over the coral reefs. At Ebbtide Apartments, all your snorkelling gear is provided as are backpacks, picnic packs & beach towels for all your daily adventures. They have a selection of liquor & local fish packs with complimentary vegetables, herbs & fruit from their lavish garden, they even have wireless internet & iPod docking stations if you really need them! All of this set in 2.5 acres of Hibiscus, Paw Paw, Frangipani & the local Kentia Palms, choose from 3 garden units & 2 free standing units to book or look go to http://www.ebbtide-lhi.com.au/

Trunks of primeval trees are waiting for your closeness. They have watched the stars out here for hundreds of years. Their stories are yours in the silence. Swap sirens for birdsong, chaos for calm.

Birds breed on Lord Howe Island. It is regarded as Australia’s No.1 bird watching destination.

The Lord Howe Woodhen doesn’t even fly because it has no predators here. Over 200 species have been spotted on this permanent arc.

Kayaking & canoeing are part of the pleasures on water. Fitness & fun in one. The crowds on LHI are always limited, only 400 can visit at any one time. Only 350 lucky locals live here, so you’ll never be stressed by crowds. Family holidays are popular as kids can swim or snorkel safely straight off the beach. You can hand feed tame fish at Ned’s Beach. The family can take a glass bottom boat out to view the sea life. A round island trip is always a fun way to spend a day.

Adjacent to the spectacular Neds Beach, Admiralty Apartments are LHI’s newest luxury accommodation. These 2 spacious private apartments are surrounded by tropical gardens, stylishly 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 & further information.

Walks can be guided or on your own, 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.

Bikes are the main mode of transport for locals & 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 & public holiday periods. They have late model cars as well. You can hire all your snorkeling gear from there – go to cmmnsmwilson@bigpond.com.

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 your life. Rockin on the Rock.

Community Markets are a festive experience on the second Sunday of each month. Fresh local produce, hand crafted pandanus baskets, arts & crafts by talented locals unique to this island are for sale.

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/

Some birds migrate here from as far away as Siberia each year to breed. Long distance romance. It is a temporary home to millions of seabirds like Noddy, Sooty and White Terns, Muttonbirds, Black Winged petrels and Red Tropic birds. Come and see the birds now.

Try a North Bay Turtle Tour or Nature Tour, A Snorkelling Tour, Around the Island Experience Tour, go to  http://www.marineadventures.com.au/ or http://www.leandalei.com.au/

Take a guided tour of Mt. Gower, a walk in a lush forest, book your group a conference in paradise, bring a group out for a bonding session and take part in one of the many adventure weeks, join an ocean swim or a deep-sea dive. plenty of events.

Dive for a lobster lunch or spearfish, walk on the beach, catch big game fish or just throw out a line from the shore. See fluorescent fish flow through underwater caves of mystery. Use tropical currents to power your dive. Lay on the sand or throw a Frisbee. It’s all up to you.

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.

Pack a picnic and go find a spot. Sit and look out to sea. Take it all in, Its All Top Ten.

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