The Locals' Guide - Lord Howe Island


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


Mt Eliza

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The view from Mt Eliza on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: On route across the water to North Bay, the impending silhouette of Mount Eliza jaunts up into the open sky like a menacing dorsal fin. You don’t see many dorsal fins around here, which is why this shape strikes such an imposing figure on the northern horizon.  …Read More


Rock Pool Perving

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Middle Beach rock pools on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: The sign down to the beach indicates 150 metres. 149 steps later, my bare feet get what they have been craving - silky golden sand. My toes waste no time and start arching their way through the waves of sand beneath them, like a pod of 10 oddly shaped dolphins dipping and diving through the surface of the sand.  …Read More


Introductory Dive

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Diving on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Pia Funch (photo by Pro Dive): Lord Howe Island is a true Pacific dream, with emerald green mountains, white sand beaches and a shimmering turquoise lagoon. The most southern coral reef in the world is found here and its biological diversity is extraordinary. Lord Howe Island and its surrounding waters form part of a World Heritage site, the Lord Howe Island Marine Park and the Lord Howe Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve, which means that the 500 fish species and 90 coral species live fully protected and in perfect harmony with each other.  …Read More


A challenged island

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Sunday, June 03, 2018

The Lord Howe Island community

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: Places where only few travellers have ever visited are gems on a well-worn planet. The subtropical island of Lord Howe is as remote a place as you’ll find, but therein lies the challenge. The island is home to some of the planet’s rarest insects and birds. It is also home to approximately 350 people, a sum comprised of multiple factions. Like peeling back the Australian version of a Hindu caste system, there are layers - ‘Islanders’, ’Locals’, ‘Mainlanders’, ’Blow-ins’, ’Seasonal Workers’, and ’Tourists’ (to name a few). Together, these blocs make up the interwoven human fabric of this tiny 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.