Living on Lord Howe Island


The Summit of Mt Gower

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Contributed by Pia Funch: “Congratulations – you made it to the top” …Read More


Sunset at Lovers Bay

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Thursday, January 25, 2018

Contributed by Pia Funch: Lovers Bay is a little secluded picnic and beach spot close to Mount Lidgbird on the southern part of Lord Howe Island. This little bay is famous for being the most romantic spot on the island and it’s not hard to understand why. Lush grassy hills, the emerald green slopes of the mountains, the reef meeting the South-pacific Ocean and the calm waters of the island’s 6 km wide lagoon are what surround this hidden little gem down south. The word beautiful might be very subjective but it’s the perfect way to describe the surroundings of Lovers Bay. Everywhere you look is beautiful! The dream-like landscape may well be the reason for why the presence of love is so strong in this little spot. …Read More


The Perfect Day on Lord Howe

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: I was recently asked an interesting question. If the weather was all in your favour, ‘what would you do if it was the last day of your holiday on Lord Howe Island’? …Read More


That Four Letter Word

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Saturday, January 20, 2018

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: For the sake of the younger readers, the profanity filter will remain switched on for the remainder of this article.

That four letter word _ _ _ _ . It’s kind of a big deal on Lord Howe.  …Read More


How to Plan a Lord Howe Day

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Contributed by Pia Funch: Lord Howe Island is beautiful and peaceful. It’s almost impossible to find on a world map, which is probably why some people assume that there’s only so much you can do here. What many people don’t know is that Lord Howe Island is perfectly designed. You have to see it to believe it. Even some of the most well-travelled individuals are stunned by the amount of must-dos on the island. And the more time you spend here, the more there is to explore and discover. It’s like a blessed curse. Once the island puts its magical spell on you, you want to come back for more. …Read More


Middle Beach via Transit Hill

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Sunday, January 14, 2018

Contributed by Pia Funch: It’s around 5PM and it’s starting to cool down on this warm wind-less summer day. It’s the perfect moment to head out for a spontaneous walk before it gets dark. There’s no such thing as street lights on Lord Howe Island so you actually have to be street smart around here before you decide to take a late walk.  …Read More


Blinky Beach

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: It’s synonymous with big waves and a raw edge which is why it’s almost always empty. Empty of people that is, but full of sand, waves, seabirds, coral, fish, mountain views, and many square metres in which to sunbathe unobstructed by ringing cellphones or incessant chatter.  …Read More

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About Dani Rourke

HELP! I have 2 children, 25 staff and up to 75 guests. I was a lawyer for 10 years, but escaped. My husband and I moved from Sydney to beautiful Lord Howe Island to run Pinetrees Lodge, which has been in my family for 6 generations. I'm writing about family business, island life and the whole work/family disaster. Did someone say balance? When I'm not writing, my lovely staff do it for me - they see more of the island than I do.

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