Sydney’s Best Kept Secret

February 13, 2012 by

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Lord Howe Island near Sydney Australia. Photo courtesy of Percita via Flickr

Lord Howe Island near Sydney Australia. Photo courtesy of Percita via Flickr

One of Australia’s most pristine islands is also the closest island getaway to Sydney. What is surprising is that only a few Australian’s are aware of its existence and even fewer have visited.

770km northeast of Sydney, UNESCO World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island is as remarkable for its beauty as it is for its deserted beaches, rare plant and bird life, and laid-back tropical feel.

Attracting lovers of nature, adventure, and water sports, the island is surrounded by clear, clean ocean and the world’s most southerly coral reef. Walking trails weave through palm and banyan forests and more strenuous hikes afford cliff-top views across the island’s coral coves and beaches.

Bird watching, biking, hiking, diving, and snorkeling are the most popular activities on the island but there are also tennis courts, spa and beauty retreats, and Australia’s ‘most scenic golf course’.

While there are almost daily flights from the mainland, Lord Howe Island remains an exclusive destination only accessible by air or private boat. To preserve its reputation as a natural paradise, accommodation on the island is limited and visitors are advised to book ahead before arranging to travel here.

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- Emma McMahon

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