The Locals' Guide to Lord Howe


In the canopy

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Monday, March 05, 2018

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: A Woodhen will let you know when you’re too close. A cacophony of throat guzzling vocal cords instinctively lets you know that a back up troop is on the way. The air rendering shrills are a call to arms, a unique dissonance which frequently pierces the Lord Howe Island airwaves. For when their siren screeches, you can’t ignore these eccentric hens, you’re now in their wooded hood.  …Read More


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


The Locals’ Guide to Lord Howe Island is written by Denis Corcoran, Pia Funch, Dani Rourke and Luke Hanson. 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 activities or just a brief online escape from your daily routine, then read our posts about life on Lord Howe Island. We love Lord Howe, and you will too.