Lord Howe: Australia’s most exclusive island?; Margo Pfeiff; BBC

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.

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Travel: The best places to visit across the world in 2020; Craig Campbell; Sunday Post

If your 2020 vision is to visit places that are a bit exclusive, then there’s only one corner of the globe to head.

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How This Tiny Aussie Island Of 400 People Got On Lonely Planet’s Hot List; Josh Butler; 10 Daily

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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Josh Frydenberg overruled department to block Lord Howe Island wind turbines; Anne Davies; Guardian

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Exclusive: FOI documents reveal former environment minister took action despite support from islanders…

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Mass rodent poisoning on this remote Australian island could bring back giant stick insect; John Pickrell; Science Magazine

“Landmark” Lord Howe Island project alarms some residents but will likely save local fauna…

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Why Australia’s most exclusive island is so remarkable; Anthony Dennis; Traveller

Lord Howe’s splendid isolation is, at the very least, a digital detox.

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Researcher calls for Pacific awareness on coral reefs; Radio New Zealand

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.

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Coral bleaching has now damaged the southernmost reef in the world; Nkayla Afshariyan; ABC

Warmer water temperatures in Lord Howe Island marine park last month has bleached some coral reefs.

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Bleaching has struck the southernmost coral reef in the world; Tess Moriarty, Bill Leggat, C Mark Eakin, Rosie Steinberg, Scott Heron & Tracy Ainsworth; Conversation

Marine heatwaves have caused coral bleaching in one of the most isolated ecosystems in the world.

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Howe magnificent; Australian Geographic

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.

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8 reasons to visit Australia’s extraordinary Lord Howe Island; Georgia Hopkins; Evening Standard

Lord Howe is one of the most captivating destinations I have travelled to so far.

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This idyllic Australian island only allows 400 people to stay each night; Andrea Smith; Lonely Planet

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8 Places Where Travelers Are Banned (17 Where We’re Not Wanted); Chris Ebersole; The Travel

Some places are straight-up sick of tourists, some ecosystems have been withering away and need some space to recover…

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Invasive species of ant eradicated from Lord Howe Island; Australian Geographic

A six year project to rid the Island of African big-headed ants has been successful.

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The Most Tranquil Secret Beaches on Earth; Holidays Please Blog

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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

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The World’s Most Clandestine Spots for Skinny Dipping; Annamarie Houlis; Urban Daddy

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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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All-Inclusive Lord Howe Island; Luxury Excapes

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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.

Holiday Highlights

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.

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ABOUT LORD HOWE ISLAND – A UNESCO World Heritage-listed island paradise

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Lord Howe Island’s plan for renewable energy rejected over ‘visual impact’ of wind turbines; David Coady; ABC News

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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”.

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A new species of hard coral from the World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, Australia; Phys.org

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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.”

 

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The best romantic getaways for NSW lovers this Valentine’s Day; Matthew Cullen; Daily Telegraph

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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.

SYDNEY

The state capital has plenty to off for that romantic getaway with options ranging from the mountains to the sea and everything in between.

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