Living on Lord Howe Island


Turtle spotting at Old Settlement

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Contributed by Pia Funch (photo from ProDive): On Lord Howe Island, animals don’t fear humans. Here, we get to experience sea turtles, sharks and birds peacefully going about their day with no worries at all. Tour operators on the island offer turtle tours, where you get to see the turtles and learn about their history. Sea turtles don’t breed on the island. However, Green turtles and the rare Hawksbill turtles come to feed here all year around, keeping the precious coral reef ecosystems healthy by controlling the community structures of the reef.  …Read More


Running around Lord Howe

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: I’m not a self-proclaimed seasoned professional, but let’s lay down some facts. Endorphins from running make you happier. Fact. Lord Howe is naturally beautiful. Fact. A fact plus a fact = irrefutable evidence that running on Lord Howe Island is a rewarding treat. So here are three of Lord Howe’s best, for all levels of energy and enthusiasm.  …Read More


A weekly plan for Lord Howe

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Sunday, February 18, 2018

Contributed by Pia Funch: Lord Howe Island is like one big playground. The coral reef surrounding the island is the world’s most southerly with many unique diving spots yet to be discovered. 875 metres above it, the Mount Gower walk is famous for being one of the best day walks in Australia. And for the traditional sun, sand and sea lovers, the island’s vast amount of postcard beaches are never more than five minutes away. It’s pretty obvious that Lord Howe Island is incredibly unique and pristine. Everyone lucky enough to experience it can live happily ever after knowing that they once connected with what they call the last paradise in the world.  …Read More


High enough on the Lower Road

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Thursday, February 15, 2018

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: I’m standing alongside this big rock, called Little Island, and I’m looking up at the enormous cliff faces of Mt Lidgbird. Somewhere up there is the Lower Road. …Read More


The Foreshore Walk

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: It’s early morning. The sun is rising somewhere over Blinky Beach and a soft orange glow starts beaming through the palm leaves. The air is pure and fresh, and the wind is still. Strange birdcalls echo in the distance whilst the sound of the ocean encapsulates the overall bliss of a perfect morning on Lord Howe Island. …Read More


Clarity at Clear Place

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Saturday, February 10, 2018

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: I’m on my way to Clear Place and the clarity of my expectations are nebulous at best. Rounding the precipitous cliffs overlooking the majestic Middle Beach, it’s clear that this place is pretty special. Up ahead a huge imposing Banyan tree splinters the track. This powerful beast of a tree has imposed its reach far and wide. Its limbs strangle all other neighboring trees in the process and send roots to the forest floor, creating another trunk, and another stake in its territorial claim. Its divide and conquer, Banyan style. …Read More


Where to have a BBQ on Lord Howe

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Contributed by Pia Funch: On Lord Howe Island, having a barbecue is a world-class experience. It’s such an integral part of everyday life with a true island vibe.  …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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