The Locals' Guide - Lord Howe Island


The Foreshore Walk

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: It’s early morning. The sun is rising somewhere over Blinky Beach and a soft orange glow starts beaming through the palm leaves. The air is pure and fresh, and the wind is still. Strange birdcalls echo in the distance whilst the sound of the ocean encapsulates the overall bliss of a perfect morning on Lord Howe Island.

This is the moment where time seems to stand still. It’s the moment to embrace the little things in life and connect with yourself. It’s the perfect moment for a short swim, walk, surf or run.

The foreshore walk is an excellent little track for a morning starter. The track is about one kilometre long and runs parallel with Lagoon Road on the seaside. It will take you from the Pinetrees Lodge boatshed to the boatsheds downtown or vice versa. The track is wide so there’s plenty of space to chuck in some extra moves. Even on a lazy day, this little track behind the beach dunes will still provide you with a blissful run or walk with a view. It captures the relaxed Lord Howe Island vibe as small boats and surfboards lie neatly in the bushes on the track waiting for their owners to take them out at sea.

On mornings like this, the lagoon is calm and quiet whilst the southern mountains are busy forming lenticular clouds. Look up and you’ll eventually see pairs of white terns dancing through the air in perfect harmony. This is one of the best places to see these incredible birds up close as they rest and nest on the Norfolk Island Pines near the track. The foreshore walk is also a convenient and easy way to get from A to B as an alternative to walking on Lagoon Road. And if you feel like a having a swim as well, the Aquatic Club is the perfect place to stop and head down to the beach to dip those toes.

The Foreshore Walk and the Stevens Reserve loop walk are closely connected and it’s worth doing both. Combining these two tracks will give you a good three kilometre morning workout. All you have to do is be present in the moment.


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.