At any given time, the World Heritage-listed island of Lord Howe Island has only 400 visitors so you can rest assured you’ll have its twin peaks, idyllic beaches and crystalline waters almost all to yourself. Shaped like an irregular crescent, the volcanic island of Lord Howe is often compared to paradise. There is no mobile phone reception, the commonest form of transport is bicycle and nobody hurries anywhere. Most of the population live in the island’s north, which is bordered by picture-perfect beaches and lapped by crystal-clear ocean.
Accessible only on foot or by boat, North Bay is home to a huge variety of colourful undersea life as well as a fascinating 60 year-old shipwreck. To the east lies Blinky Beach, beloved for its champagne surf. Situated at the heart of Lord Howe Island, Transit Hill offers gorgeous panoramic vistas, while the sparsely inhabited south is dominated by the soaring peaks of Mount Lidgbird and Mount Gower.