Everything about Lord Howe, a reef-rimmed tropical island 780km north-east of Sydney, is laidback – except for the fervour with which its locals protect their paradise.
If your 2020 vision is to visit places that are a bit exclusive, then there’s only one corner of the globe to head.
Locals on the tiny, remote Lord Howe Island were stunned to wake up to the news that their home had been listed as one of the world’s hottest travel destinations.
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Lord Howe’s splendid isolation is, at the very least, a digital detox.
A researcher says while Pacific islanders contribute the least damage to their reefs, there is still a need for public awareness on how they can save their corals from further bleaching.
Warmer water temperatures in Lord Howe Island marine park last month has bleached some coral reefs.
Marine heatwaves have caused coral bleaching in one of the most isolated ecosystems in the world.
Seven-hundred kilometres off the coast of Port Macquarie, New South Wales, lies a little oasis of sandy white beaches, subtropical forests and crystal clear waters. Welcome to paradise, also known as Lord Howe Island.
Lord Howe is one of the most captivating destinations I have travelled to so far.
Some places are straight-up sick of tourists, some ecosystems have been withering away and need some space to recover…
A six year project to rid the Island of African big-headed ants has been successful.
On holiday, we all dream of a beautiful beach with the warm powdered sand between your toes listening to the soothing clear waves lapping against the shore as you soak up the glorious sun. We all know the feeling when we turn up to a stunning beach and its packed full of people and anything but what you imagined!
The good news is, there are still undiscovered beaches out there! Blissful hideaways where the crowds of tourists haven’t yet eclipsed the tranquilly and local culture.
From catching waves the perfect waves at an uncrowded surf spot, to sunbathing on peaceful small beach bays. We have gathered together five beautifully blissful beaches that are yet to reach the crowds!
Koh Lanta, Thailand
Far from the busting crowds of Phucket and Phi Phi, Koh Lanta offers sunset-drenched beaches with pristine sands and world-class coral reefs. Be welcomed by the friendly Thai locals who live in stilt houses within small fishing villages dotted around the island. The further south you venture on the island, the more secluded it becomes.
Palm Beach, Barbuda
You Might Still Get Caught. But Isn’t That Part of the Fun?
There’s no shortage of lovely places on this planet where stripping down to your birthday suit and frolicking freely in a body of water sounds inordinately gratifying. That’s simply a fact of life. A weird fact of life, sure. But a fact of life all the same.
Unfortunately, because of pesky things like “rules” and “laws” and “notions of public decorum,” you can’t get naked in a majority of these places without either offending tourists or getting yourself arrested. Which is why we’ve scoured the earth to find only the most clandestine—yet picturesque—watering holes, from the majestic lakes of India’s Udaipur, to Iceland’s steaming Blue Lagoon, to Teddy Roosevelt’s preferred locale in Central America.
Yes, you might still get caught. But isn’t that part of the fun?
Haad Yao East Beach, Koh Pha Nagn, Thailand
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Immerse yourself in the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island – less than a two-hour flight from Sydney and Brisbane. Enjoy five nights with all meals included, nightly pre-dinner drinks and canapés, return airport transfers, spa vouchers and more.
Do as much or as little as you want with five nights on Lord Howe Island. Indulge with this all-inclusive dining package including daily gourmet breakfasts, light lunches and three-course dinners. Plus, enjoy return airport transfers, a cheese platter and bottle of wine on arrival, nightly pre-dinner drinks (wine, sparkling, beers and cocktails) and canapés, bike and snorkelling gear hire, spa vouchers and more.
WHAT YOU’LL LOVE
ABOUT LORD HOWE ISLAND – A UNESCO World Heritage-listed island paradise
A controversial plan to build wind turbines on Lord Howe Island off the New South Wales north coast has been rejected by the Federal Government.
Only a few hundred people live on Lord Howe Island, boosted by about 400 tourists at any one time. They all rely on a diesel generator for power.
The plan was to build two wind turbines, along with a solar farm, to cut energy from the generator by 70 per cent.
As a World Heritage-listed site, it had to be approved by Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg.
But he has rejected the proposal, which he said would “have clearly unacceptable impacts”.
A spokesman for Mr Fydenberg said the “Government considered the proposed wind turbines would create a considerable, intrusive visual impact”.
The discovery of a new species of hard coral, found on Lord Howe Island, suggests that the fauna of this isolated location in the Tasman Sea off south eastern Australia is even more distinct than previously recognised.
In a recent paper in ZooKeys, Prof. Andrew Baird and Dr. Mia Hoogenboom from James Cook University, Townsville Australia and Dr. Danwei Huang from the National University of Singapore, describe the new species Cyphastrea salae.
“The animal itself is quite non-descript from a distance, although it is beautifully symmetrical up close like most corals,” says Dr. Hoogenboom. “But we believe this is the first of many new hard coral species to be found in this World Heritage-listed marine protected area.”
IT is the day when you can focus solely on that special person in your life and let them know exactly what they mean to you.
Valentine’s Day may be mid week this year but that does not mean you can’t plan an amazing escape with the one you love.
With everyday life being so busy it can be hard to make time for a little romance but throughout NSW there are a range of options for rekindling the passion.
From Byron Bay to Bega there is sure to be something to help you recharge the relationship.
The state capital has plenty to off for that romantic getaway with options ranging from the mountains to the sea and everything in between.