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Lord Howe Island Insider Travel Tips

Published 10th Jun 2021

We all enjoy an island getaway and fortunately for us we have a tropical paradise right in our own backyard, Lord Howe Island. This small island has shot from relative obscurity to famedom thanks to the many high profile visitors who have holidayed there this year. It truly is a spectacular destination and one we believe you will enjoy no matter how long your stay. To help ensure you get maximum enjoyment we have compiled a few insider travel tips for you.

Up, Up and Away

QantasLink is the carrier servicing Lord Howe Island with a year round almost daily schedule. It is important to highlight that the aircraft used is a Dash-8 Turbo Prop so there are strict baggage limits, one checked bag of 14kg and 7kg of carry-on luggage. This weight restriction means you need to pack smart rather than taking everything including the kitchen sink. We recommend packing light layers should you feel the chill in the evenings rather than heavy knitwear and coats. You can leave the hairdryer at home and save space in your suitcase as most properties supply this along with bathroom amenities. And if you are thinking of hitting the golf ball around the green know that the local golf club includes club hire in their social game rates!

Getting About

Travelling around the island is safe and easy. You are met on arrival at the airport by your accommodation hosts to be transported to the property and they will return you to the airport in time for your departing flight. Many of the properties also provide transfers in the evening to local restaurants should you wish to eat out instead of staying in cooking. During the day the limited road network is shared by walkers, cyclists and the few cars actually on the island, so you can wander to nearby shops, restaurants and beaches without fear of traffic. We suggest doing as the locals do and hiring a bicycle and helmet then set off to explore the island as you please.

Support the Local Artists

While on the island be sure to call into the local boutiques and shops to see the range of locally made and island inspired hats, clothing, artwork and crafts. Maybe purchase something for yourself as a reminder of your time on the island or a gift for a loved one. It will be a one of a kind purchase that no one else can say they have and you get to support the local community at the same time.  


If you are a keen golfer or just an occasional hitter then be sure to try a round at the Lord Howe Island Golf Club. The course has one of the most unique backdrops you will encounter with views that are second to none. Plus, in addition to the usual course traps of sand and water, this course follows the coastal cliff so beware of hitting your ball straight off the island itself! We can pre-book a 9 hole social game (or more) inclusive of green fees and club hire so you don’t miss out on experiencing this course firsthand. And for those of you who are more competitive we can also arrange entry to the Lord Howe Island Golf Open, a week-long event of golf, social events, competition and prizes.

Plan Ahead

Due to the limited bedding on the island, only 400 guests can stay on the island at any one time, and the fact that many of the properties on the island close over the winter months, it is a destination you need to look at booking in advance. We are able to book your room up to 12 months in advance, while the airfares can be booked up to 9 months in advance of your travel dates. Occasionally you may be fortunate to grab some last minute availability but be warned the price of the stay will reflect the limited nature of these types of bookings!

Now you have your insider travel tips, it’s time to starting planning a holiday to Lord Howe Island. Call our specialists on 1800 800 722 or visit our website to see our range of packages and to lock in your dates today.

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