Lord Howe Island, “So extraordinary that it’s almost incredible.” These are the words typically used to describe this Austrian paradise of volcanic origin, with its spectacular topography, between rugged mountains that emerge covered with green, steep slopes, bays of turquoise waters with a coral arc, and above all, a variety of life that includes numerous endemic species immersed in an independent evolutionary process, in addition to coral reefs among the southernmost part of the planet, which preserve the island with its natural beauty and almost virgin.
Created millions of years ago by underwater volcanic activity, the extraordinary ecosystems of Lord Howe include white sand beaches that preserve their beauty, and an aquamarine lagoon flanked by the southernmost coral reef in the world, in which you can snorkel in the company of anchovies, angel fish, parrot fish of all the colors of the rainbow, and a huge coral in shades of blue, green, yellow, red and violet. Inland, you will have more than fifty places to practice diving, full of green turtles, corals, and colorful fish.
Ned’s Beach, located on the other side of the island, is known for lovers of surfing and fishing, with its golden sands, the beach will take you to calm waters ideal for all families. In addition, when the tide is low, you can see groups of fish hastily swimming, like the Mullet, Wrasse, Garfish, Silver-drummer, Spangled Emperor and Kingfish on the beach.
In addition to captivating natural landscapes, Lord Howe Island has a picturesque golf course, rewarding spas and various dining and accommodation options designed to enjoy a feast of fresh fish under palm trees, or meat from farms. At nightfall, you can stay in a luxury hotel, an apartment overlooking the sea or a tourist center with all kinds of amenities.
Another of the landscapes that will leave you astonished is the Malabar Hill. Located north of the island, this is a place where the cliffs are submerged in the ocean, housing the largest nesting place in the world for birds. Malabar has some of the best views of the southern tip of Lord Howe Island. When climbing you must go through dense forests of palm trees with the Muttonbird burrows, and after two hours of walking, when you reach the top you will have the wonderful panoramic views of the imposing volcanic peaks of Mount Lidgbird and Mount Gower.
The beautiful town has a single street. Since access by car is limited, bicycles are the best way to get around the island, since much of it is protected as a marine park and subtropical rainforest.
With the sound of the birds singing flooding the pure air, the exuberant mountainous terrain rises around Lord Howe island , giving shelter to only three hundred people who live here throughout the year, and allowing only the visit of 400 people at a time, to protect this marvelous environment from all threats like tourism, fishing, invasive species and, of course, climate change.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, Lord Howe Island was one of the last on Earth to be discovered and without a doubt this natural paradise is the ideal place if you want to enjoy a romantic getaway, a trip in the company of friends, or if you are looking for a quiet family vacation.
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