Six hundred kilometers directly east of Port Macquarie, in the Pacific Ocean, is the remnant of a long past volcano, Lord Howe Island. Actually a part of a group of 28 islands, the main island, Lord Howe, is World Heritage listed due to its unique flora, fauna and geography.
As ancient remnants of its volcanic past, the island has several mountains formed from past volcanic activity.
The settlement and most of the small island population are toward the north of the island with a small forested area to the very north. The islands subtropical climate and rich volcanic soils support the heavily forested areas of the islands south which are now a permanent park reserve and protected area.
While some commercial activities occur, the island is primarily a wonderful tourist resort with its golf course, lawn bowls, tennis courts and fishing. Water sports include yachting, windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving and boat trips (including glass-bottom tours of the lagoon). Swimming occurs at the island’s eleven beaches.
There are several hiking trails to the north and south, including guided tours to the top of Mount Gower, the highest point on the island at 875 meters.
The area around the island settlement allows some farming and fishing including growing the attractive native kentia palm for export as a decorative plant.
The population of the island is less than 400 and some of the earlier whaling families having lived on the island for six generations but is otherwise limited. The number of tourists in fact is limited to 400 at any one time.
The island is usually reached via the small local airport from Brisbane or Sydney.
No camping is permitted on the island with tourist accommodation varying from luxury lodges to apartments.