The Locals' Guide - Lord Howe Island


Kayaking on the Lagoon

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Monday, July 30, 2018

Contributed by Luke Hanson: We arrived at Dean Hiscox’s boatshed and collected wetsuits, life jackets, paddles and kayaks and set forth. The weather was perfect for a kayak expedition to North Bay, and despite a few nerves from those who hadn’t paddled much before, we headed straight for the inside of the reef. You see, local knowledge and a guide go along way – while the lagoon had a reasonable southerly breeze, the inside of the reef provided shelter and the water was almost glassy. The best bit, though, was that the gentle wind swell pushed us from south to north, all the way to North Bay. It was so easy that our sorest muscles were the ones we were sitting on. …Read More


Rabbit Island

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Thursday, July 26, 2018

Rabbit Island on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Geordie Tennant: Resting sheltered in the centre of Lord Howe’s aquamarine lagoon, just 700 metres off shore, is a small grass covered island. Its official name on local maps is Blackburn Island, although locally it’s known as Rabbit Island. …Read More


East Coast Route

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Saturday, July 21, 2018

Hells Gate on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Luke Hanson: Lord Howe is an island of two coasts, and each is distinct in many ways. The west coast is dominated by the mountains and the lagoon – drama and tranquillity in one view, while the east coast is rugged, exposed and relatively remote. On a good day (in westerly winds), the east coast is sheltered and warm, but don’t be fooled because you’ll be walking in a landscape that is shaped by volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides, cyclones and raw ocean power.  …Read More


Australian Geographic Expedition to Lord Howe

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Friday, July 20, 2018

The Australian Geographic Expedition to Lord Howe Island, supported by the CSIRO, led 20 citizen scientists to some of Lord Howe Island’s remotest corners. Along the way, they discovered two new species of wasp and soldier fly. …Read More


Lovers Bay

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lovers Bay on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Geordie Tennant: Solitude is an easy commodity to find on Lord Howe Island. With tourist beds capped at 400, and an even smaller residential population, you’re never more than a few minutes from seclusion. Even so, it still feels like a rare privilege to find a private, all-to-yourself cove in such a beautiful sub-tropical landscape. For me, Lovers Bay is often such a place.  …Read More


The Northern Hills

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Monday, July 16, 2018

North Head on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Luke Hanson: The northern hills of Lord Howe Island are often seen as the poor cousins of the big mountains in the south. Yes, they are smaller and less remote, but they still require some serious exertion. And because there are a number of peaks, you can bag three in one day. If an economist had to do a cost benefit analysis of exertion versus reward, each joule of energy would return a much higher number of units for reward, satisfaction, fitness and happiness (our friends in Bhutan probably have a method for this). With only a few hundred vertical metres of climbing, you get to traverse a spectacular skyline ridge with gentle green hills, beaches, lagoon and big mountains on one side, and vertical cliffs, sea birds and ocean on the other side.  …Read More


Stevens Reserve

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Saturday, July 14, 2018

Stevens Reserve on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Pia Funch: Stevens Reserve is a 1.2 km loop trail located near the “CBD” on Lord Howe Island. The trail is a perfect introductory walk to get to know the island’s magnificent flora and fauna. If you haven’t already acquainted yourself with some of the endemic species on Lord Howe Island, this is a good place to start. The walk is easy and the entrance is conveniently located right opposite the parking area next to the boatsheds. Stevens Reserve is to Lord Howe Island what Central Park is to New York City, but without the people, noise, rubbish and flanking skyscrapers. It’s also a natural botanic garden with interpretive signs to explain the trees, birds and local history. …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.