The Locals' Guide - Lord Howe Island


Meet the locals - Ben Waters

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Thursday, December 27, 2018

Ben Waters, surfer and artist, lives the dream life. He surfs Lord Howe’s perfect waves, mostly alone, and then returns to work on his commissioned artworks. Ben’s connection to Lord Howe is through immersion – in every sense of the word.
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Meet the locals - Erin Mayo

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Friday, December 14, 2018

Erin 'Ernie' Mayo, Ranger, has the best job on Lord Howe Island. When he’s not exploring the remotest pockets of the island, far from where people ever go, he’s abseiling off 200 metre cliffs and flying in helicopters. Before work, he catches big kingfish and tuna off the rocks and reflects on just how good life can be. You probably won't meet Erin on Lord Howe because his team work behind the scenes to keep our World Heritage island in pristine condition.
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Trailer - Locals' Guide to Lord Howe

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Locals’ Guide to Lord Howe Island is written and photographed by a collective of island locals who love their home and have knowledge to share. To date, 60 of the best locations and activities are described in detail, with more content coming every week. …Read More


Meet the locals - Dean Hiscox

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Saturday, November 24, 2018

Dean Hiscox, Mt Gower Guide, has seen more of Lord Howe Island than most people. As the park ranger for 16 years, Dean explored the remotest parts of Lord Howe on a daily basis. He guided the expedition that rediscovered the Lord Howe Phasmid on Balls Pyramid, and climbed the infamous Razorback. These days, Dean guides (and sometimes “skull drags”) guests to the summit of Mt Gower - arguably Australia’s hardest day walk - and runs, swims, kayaks and free-dives in his spare time to maintain his fitness. Join Dean on one of his ‘normal’ days, and let his story inspire you to greater things….  …Read More


Climbing to the Saddle

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Thursday, November 08, 2018

The Lower Road on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Luke Hanson: Certain death? Unlikely. Vertigo? Maybe. Sore legs and a few scratches? Probably. Best walk of your life? Definitely. Welcome to Mt Gower. At 875 vertical metres above sea level, Mt Gower is one of the highest vertical climbs in Australia and people come from around the world for the challenge. Make no mistake – the correct word is “climbing”, and you need Dean Hiscox to guide you.  …Read More


The Little Waterfall

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Friday, October 19, 2018

Contributed by Geordie Tennant: Dark, rich mud squelches between my toes as we wander up the narrow valley. I kicked my shoes off minutes ago, lured by the cool, slick ground, enjoying the feeling of the earthy sludge beneath my soles. It’s been raining on and off for two days and the ground is soaked and smooth.  …Read More


Meet the locals - Dani Rourke

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Thursday, August 02, 2018

Dani Rourke, the owner of Pinetrees Lodge, shows what it takes to run TripAdvisor's No.1 Hotel in Australia. It's hard to juggle 75 guests, 30 staff and 2 kids, but Dani's persistence and grace have transformed the guest experience (and the staff experience) to something truly unique. If you're wondering how a boutique family-run hotel on Lord Howe Island can mix it with the best corporate hotels and luxury lodges in the country, then watch this beautiful video about Dani. (By the way, she hates her husband, Luke, and film-maker, Andy Lloyd, for making her endure projects like this.....). …Read More


The Locals’ Guide to Lord Howe Island is written by Denis Corcoran, Pia Funch, Luke Hanson, Geordie Tennant and Dani Rourke. We regularly visit the island’s iconic locations (and our secret spots) in different conditions, seasons and times of day (by foot, bike, kayak, boat and snorkel), and hope to share our experiences with you. If you need some travel inspiration, details on locations and the best activities, or just a brief online escape from your daily routine, then read our posts about life on Lord Howe Island.