The Locals' Guide - Lord Howe Island


Boat Harbour and beyond

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Friday, July 13, 2018

Scab Point on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Luke Hanson: Today, we ventured to a remote coastal ridge on the eastern side of Mt Lidgbird. We walked along the marked track to Boat Harbour, a north facing inlet that’s always sheltered, and stopped to ‘play’ on the boulder beach. Those with cameras looked confused and unable to decide where to start – macro, zoom, landscape or portrait. The trick is to be systematic and not get overwhelmed by the place. It’s also a spot where people retreat into their inner child – some pick up rocks and look for crabs, some test their throwing arm, some ‘boulder’ around the foreshore cliffs, and some just sit and stare. There’s a small creek inlet where you can drink perfect mountain water.  …Read More


The Brook

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Thursday, July 12, 2018

Blinky Beach on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: In the subtropical climate of Australia, outdoor swimming pools are a common addition to many households. A staggering 1.2 million homes in Australia have a swimming pool - the highest per capita rate of pool ownership in the world.  …Read More


An Anmatyerre girl on Lord Howe

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Rainbow over Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Luke Hanson: We think we live in a remote community on Lord Howe Island, and our guests from the ‘big smoke’ often reinforce our perception of remoteness. But we speak the same language, wear the same clothes, eat the same food, use the same bank, and hate the same shock jocks on the radio (well mostly). So what happens when we meet someone who also comes from a remote community? I mean a really remote community. Well, it makes us reflect on a few things.  …Read More


Kings Beach

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kings Beach on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Luke Hanson: Lord Howe Island has 11 named beaches and probably the same number of unnamed coves, inlets and bays. Most people visit Neds to feed the fish and snorkel, Old Settlement to swim with the turtles, Blinky to surf, Cobbys for a BBQ and Lagoon Beach to relax. The more adventurous guests will discover Middle Beach and North Bay. If my maths is right, that leaves a large number of beautiful beaches, coves and inlets that are very rarely visited. Even locals forget about them.  …Read More


The Museum

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Monday, July 09, 2018

The Pinetrees family around 1890

Contributed by Pia Funch: The Lord Howe Island Museum is not just a museum. It’s a place to explore and a place to go to feel inspired. It’s a place to start your day with a morning coffee and a weather forecast (which is all you’ll need to plan the rest of the day). But most importantly, it’s a place that will connect you with the spirit of the island. Many people throughout the years have shared their knowledge, time, art and history with this little place, which inevitably makes the museum a place to feel the tremendous love that people have for the island. …Read More


North Bay

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Sunday, July 08, 2018

The view from Mt Eliza on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Luke Hanson: North Bay is the Blue Mountains and South Coast in one spot – the place where locals and guests go for a day trip. Sometimes their holiday schedule revolves around a “North Bay day”. And it’s easy to see why. It feels remote, even by Lord Howe standards, but when you arrive, there’s a picnic shed (remember those?), wood fired BBQs and a selection of lovely picnic spots. …Read More


Middle Beach

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Friday, June 29, 2018

Middle Beach on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: It’s the infamous beach in the middle, affectionately known as ‘Middles’. It’s between the world famous Neds Beach and the much quieter, but just as beautiful Blinky Beach. Discreet and appropriately named, it’s a little nugget of beach gold on the eastern side of Lord Howe Island.  …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.