Living on Lord Howe Island

Jan
10

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

Jan
07

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

Jan
04

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

Jan
01

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

Dec
28

Living without internet

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Thursday, December 28, 2017



Contributed by Pia Funch: Lord Howe Island is a small South Pacific island about 600km from mainland Australia. The island is surrounded by the most southern coral reef in the world and is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site for its outstanding natural beauty. To make a long story short, it’s so pristine and perfect that guests often leave feeling like they’ve been existing in an unreal and magical place.  …Read More

Dec
26

A day at Neds Beach

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Fish at Neds Beach on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Pia Funch: Neds Beach is idyllic with its perfect crescent shape, clean creamy sand and multiple shades of turquoise blue. Located on the north-eastern tip of the island, the beach is surrounded by tall green hills and endemic Kentia palm forests. It feels secluded and exclusive.  …Read More

Dec
23

The Island Trader

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Island Trader at Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: This Island Trader makes the journey to Lord Howe Island every two weeks over several hundred kilometres of open ocean, returning to and from Port Macquarie. At first impressions, one could joke that it almost looks like a washed up old fishing trawler from Jamaica. Painted in the classic Rastafarian tri-colour, it cuts a striking figure against the all-natural green backdrop of Old Settlement.  …Read More

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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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