Living on Lord Howe Island


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’?

So for arguments sake, let’s cue the perfect Lord Howe Island day. No wind, blue sky, no clouds, mid-twenties temp, average humidity, mid-tide, sparkling water clarity, you know, just the usual.

Also for simplicity’s sake, let’s split the day into quarters:
1. Open
2. Before lunch
3. After lunch
4. Close

So without further ado, a 05:00 am start with sunrise at Blinky Beach would only seem right. If it’s the ‘last day’, this is the type of memorable day you want to see from sunrise to sunset, from open to close.

Pre-packing a hot water thermos, I’d be sitting atop the breast of the sand dunes on the wooden bench, coffee in hand, as the sun ushers in a new day. This would be the opening stanza - steeped in symbolism, soft and warm, new and welcoming.

With your partner in crime, coffee downed, muesli bar consumed, the second stage of the day would commence with some exercise and a rewarding view before lunch. You want to really work for it, lunch that is. So it’s on the bike from Blinkys, heading off for the best view on the island - Goat House Cave.

Goat House cave is situated 400m high on the side of Mt Lidgbird, one of the natural ‘twin towers’ of Lord Howe. At half the height of Mt Gower, Goat House is a considerably shorter walk for a view that is well, in the author’s opinion, better. It’s still all encompassing, still birds eye, but we’re all about value vs time here and Goat House well and truly satisfies this criteria. Maximum value. Minimum time.

With a sunrise start, followed by a 2.5 hour trip up to the best view in town, it will still be mid-morning, bonus! A swim it is. Where? Blinkys on the way back from the sweat-fest walk.

This is where you let go and lose yourself in the waves, get thrown around in the white wash, let the force of the incoming swell hit your jelly-like legs. Collapse on the empty beach upon exiting and stare up at the blue sky and smile. Yup, this is what it’s all about.

Lunch. Half time. Regather. Refresh. Recompose.

After lunch it’s off north for an ‘afternoon underwater’ at Neds Beach. It’s the cliché beach, the Copacabana of Lord Howe, but it’s got what you want, when you want it. No messing about today. Maximum value. Minimum time.

You’ve done the hard yakka, it’s time to kick back and cruise along easy street, underwater.
Hire some snorkel gear from the honesty box and get all aquatic on it. This is your last underwater hit.

When you’ve dried off, feeling like it can’t get any better and the afternoon sun is starting to disappear over the other side of the island, you know it’s time to head west for the final chapter.

The showstopper – the iconic Lord Howe finish. A wood-fired BBQ on the lagoon at sunset.
Take your pick of BBQ spots along the lagoon as long as you can see the sun slip behind the horizon’s closing curtain, you’re good. For this day needs closure, just as it needed welcoming. This is how you create a truly memorable Lord Howe Island day.

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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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