The Locals' Guide - Lord Howe Island


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


Bay, cove, peak and pool

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Herring Pools on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: Locals come here for the solitude, the tranquility and to escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Lord Howe. Visitors who come here, by foot or boat, wander into a wonder land comprising of a bay, a cove, a peak and a pool.  …Read More


A plain beach

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Friday, May 25, 2018

Lagoon Beach on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: It’s officially the smallest beach on Lord Howe Island. Yet, it’s one of the most visible and at the same time one of the most discreet - a sandy oxymoron of sorts. At only 30sqm, and facing north to capture the sun, the lateral view stretches from the base of Mount Gower to the North Head rocks. It’s a full 180 degrees of uninterrupted lagoon splendidness.  …Read More


Seven Peaks Challenge

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Friday, May 18, 2018

Seven Peaks girls on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Pia Funch: “So, are we ready?” The day of the Seven Peaks Challenge had finally come. We were a team of six and we had talked about this for months. The challenge was a tribute to the choices in life that had somehow lead us to this little island in the middle of the Tasman Sea. So on 16th of May 2018, we decided to take it all a step further and share the experience of walking all the peaks on Lord Howe Island in one day - as a team, as friends. …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.