The Locals' Guide - Lord Howe Island


Shipwreck snorkel

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Snorkelling on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: North Bay is a Sanctuary Zone. It’s a ‘leave nothing but footprints’ type of place, apart from the dripping wet fact that most of it is underwater. Close to shore it’s all salty sea grass. These meadows of long stringy green treats are particularly important for garfish that feed and breed in this area. More famously it is, of course, a favourite spot to see the nomadic sea turtles who regularly nip into the North Bay drive by lane, ordering sides of sea grass. A delectable grassy treat which happens to be one of their favourite aquatic fast food take-outs.  …Read More


Simple island, simple life

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Fishing on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: The surreptitious seclusion of this subtropical island presents its few hundred odd residents an opportunity to forget or be forgotten. The island lends itself to a mindset where it’s easy to forget about the pressures that city life constantly churn up on a daily basis. The frustrations of not being able to find a parking spot. The rage induced from receiving a ticket. The rush or be rushed feeling of being wedged into a cattle truck commute. The speed, the noise, the air, and the fear. The pernicious influence of advertising billboards reminding you that you’re not quite there yet, wherever ‘there’ is. Your image, your assets, your job, your place and purpose in this world. It’s funny how it all starts making more sense the minute you slow down. When you remove yourself from these ephemeral bursts of pleasure and pain, of boom and bust, of insatiable drive and voluptuous lust, for things and stuff.  …Read More


To hike or bike

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: Decisions like these are about as hard as life gets on Lord Howe Island. The island’s leisurely 25km/hr speed limit is somewhat symbolic of the pace of life on this subtropical island. Slow and steady. However if you want a quick perv at Lord Howe Island’s natural curve, then ‘get on your bike’. From north to south is a paltry 25 minute cycle, and that’s not even breaking the law pushing past the 25km limit needed to turn heads.  …Read More


Beyond the reef

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Thursday, April 26, 2018

Balls Pyramid from Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Pia Funch: Lord Howe Island is a remarkable place. Being acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage site surrounded by protected waters and the world’s most southern coral reef tells us that something special is going on in the middle of the Tasman Sea. However, it’s not until we climb the hills of Malabar, swim in the sanctuary zones bursting with marine life or reach the misty forest of the summit of Mount Gower that we truly get to understand the essence of the island’s natural beauty.  …Read More


Calling the Providence petrels

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Friday, April 13, 2018

Providence petrels at Little Island

Contributed by Pia Funch: Lord Howe Island has many wonders. Being an isolated volcanic island in the South Pacific Ocean has truly blessed the place with beauty and charm. It’s hard to leave Paradise once you arrive. We know it and the birds know it. Every year, thousands of seabirds find their way back home to the island after travelling the world. They settle and breed on the mountaintops and the beaches before heading back out somewhere in the Pacific.  …Read More


Comets Hole

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Saturday, April 07, 2018

Comets Hole on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Pia Funch: The first glimpse of Lord Howe Island happens from the sky as the QantasLink Dash 8-200 prepares to land. The magic truly begins once you get the panoramic view of the mountains as you step off the tiny plane. It’s also the moment when most of us realise that we have no idea where to even start. …Read More


Diving at Split Rock

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Diving on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Pia Funch (photo by Pro Dive): Rain has finally come to the island of Lord Howe. It’s mid-April and after a dry summer, the island really needs a good drenching to fill water tanks, get the crops growing and make nature happy. Today is the day. Rain is in the forecast.  …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.