The Locals' Guide - Lord Howe Island


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


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 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.