The Locals' Guide - Lord Howe Island


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


World Heritage status

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Thursday, March 22, 2018

Pandanus on Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Denis Corcoran (photo by Nikki To): Heritage - a fancy word with a simple meaning. Like the roots of the centuries old Norfolk Pines, heritage on Lord Howe Island runs deep. However its magnitude and depth of significance has remained the same. Preserve, protect and partner, with nature.  …Read More


Sunset snorkelling at Neds

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Saturday, March 17, 2018

Contributed by Pia Funch (photo by Pro Dive): It’s Tuesday afternoon on Lord Howe Island. Some friends of mine have just finished work and we meet up for a coffee at the local (and only) café in town.  …Read More


Floating on the lagoon

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Saturday, March 10, 2018

Kayaking on the Lord Howe Island Lagoon

Contributed by Pia Funch: On Lord Howe Island, there are many wonderful ways to start the day. Today, the morning is lush and sunny so I go and get myself a nice cup of coffee while I read the fresh new yesterday’s paper, directly flown in from Sydney on the afternoon Dash 8 plane.  …Read More


In the canopy

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Monday, March 05, 2018

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: A Woodhen will let you know when you’re too close. A cacophony of throat guzzling vocal cords instinctively lets you know that a back up troop is on the way. The air rendering shrills are a call to arms, a unique dissonance which frequently pierces the Lord Howe Island airwaves. For when their siren screeches, you can’t ignore these eccentric hens, you’re now in their wooded hood.  …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.