A Winter Destination – Lord Howe Island - Go55s

A Winter Destination – Lord Howe Island

The stunning lagoon of Lord Howe is on every bucket list of ‘Top Lagoons in the World’. Its Aquamarine eminence emits its own aura of light on this sacred island. Countless people have visited the island and come away with profound experiences of sudden bliss. An awakening can occur here. There is something special about this ancient Island, you can feel it, around you, inside you.

Solitude can be one’s best friend as you wander through forests on the tracks for all levels of trekking. A walking meditation. Designer Dharma. The island offers supreme energy points to practice yoga and meditation. Yoga weeks and workshops can be taken as your holiday evolves into the pilgrimage of your desire. Go to http://www.pinetrees.com.au/ for details of yoga and fitness weeks throughout the year.

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.

Oceanview Apartment’s is a LHI business operated by decedents of the original settlers of the Island.  They offer superb accommodation close to all the restaurants, stores, post office & only 100 metres to the jetty on the bay.  There is a tennis court, swimming pool, games room & access to water equipment like Kayaks, paddle boards, snorkelling & fishing. This is the perfect place to stay with so much on offer. The Charter boats can also be arranged for guests.  The BBQ area is perfect for cooking those fresh fish you just caught; or while you’re here why not organise a few S.U.P. or stand up paddle boarding lessons available from the Oceanview boatshed on the Lagoon foreshore – go to http://oceanviewlordhoweisland.com.au/  for all the information about living the life in paradise.

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.

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 or come in bird week, go to http://www.pinetrees.com.au/ for more information.

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.

Bowers are well catered for on Lord Howe with events throughout the year for all to participate in. A great stop for a drink or a meal, there is always something on at the bowlo.

Lord Howe Island’s position allows for a wide variety of watersports. If the wind is offshore the conditions can be perfect for an un-choppy SUP or a surf on one of the many reefs. When the wind is up, kite-surfing & windsurfing is on. One side of the island is always offshore, the other on. There is always somewhere to fish, somewhere to sail or enjoy the many watersports available. Try Lobster diving or spearfishing. 500 different species of fish reside on LHI. Fluorescent fish flow on the tropical currents that run through caves, trenches & incredible volcanic underwater rock formations.

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/

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 of all levels can be taken on Lord Howe Island but the Seven Peaks Walk has been included on the Great Walks of Australia list. Another top listing for heritage listed Lord Howe Island. The Seven Peaks Walk is a super hiking experience over 5 whole days and 6 nights. From the spectacular coast, this walk takes you through the mystical forests of Mt.Gower, past beaches, coves, subtropical jungles, past rugged faced sea cliffs and up to ancient volcanic peaks. A level of fitness is required for this amazing journey go to http://www.pinetrees.com.au/ for details and dates.

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 here. 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.

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/

Food and Wine weeks, Photography workshops, fitness weeks and Ocean Swimming with Olympian Trevor Hendy where each day you swim 1.5 to 2km around Lord Howe Islands coastline over colorful corals, through Lagoons and tunnels, under sheer cliffs and along the beautiful beaches of this marvelous Island. Head to http://www.pinetrees.com.au/ for all the details of these fabulous events.

One can find oneself through activity, challenge or by being at one with nature, this island has all and more to offer the seeker.

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 journey of spirit, endurance silence and serenity can be found in any of the secret locations of silent power located around the Island of dreams. The silent partner to the sky of stars, the magnet of the birds, the lone Isle in the mighty sea, waiting for you to share its magic.

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