Living on Lord Howe Island


A Bench for Birders

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Sunday, January 07, 2018

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: Birders rejoice! This is arguably one of the best places on the island to view seabirds in full flight. …Read More


Five Easy Walks

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Thursday, January 04, 2018

Contributed by Pia Funch: Lord Howe Island is often called “the last paradise”. This World Heritage island with magnificent twin mountains and the world’s most southerly coral reef does indeed look like something from a long-lost world, but it’s ideal for all types of modern activities. Its palm covered mountain tracks, untouched dive sites and empty surf beaches are a heaven for anyone with an adventurous soul, and its quiet sparkling lagoon, world class barbecue spots and accessible snorkelling spots make the island one of the most family friendly holiday spots in the world. No matter who you are, Lord Howe Island will invite you and encourage you to wake up in the morning and hear its call. And that is indeed a true paradise. …Read More


The Pot Holes

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Monday, January 01, 2018

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: A plunge from the boat into the open ocean snaps me into a heightened sense of the present. ‘Ok…. I feel you sea… I am with you waves… I am above you…… shark!!’ …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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