The Locals' Guide - Lord Howe Island


The Herring Pools

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Tuesday, April 02, 2019

On your next walk to North Bay (and assuming it's low tide and a south wind), scramble around the eastern rock ledge to the Herring Pools - a series of coral lined rock pools complete with at least 30 species of fish. Once you swim in each pool (you’ll need a mask), and hopefully convince someone to carry your gear back to Old Gulch, then jump off the ledge and swim 300 metres back to the boulder beach. Warning – once you’re in, you’re in – and it’s deep. The Herring Pools are one of our secret gems.


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.