The Locals' Guide - Lord Howe Island


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.....).


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.