LORD HOWE ISLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES (3 NIGHTS)
Often referred to as the last paradise on earth, world heritage listed Lord Howe Island is home to Capella Lodge, a contemporary luxe beach-style lodge offering an exclusive and unique island experience. Located on the world’s southern-most coral reef, with a mixture of temperate and tropical marine life – many endemic to the island, Lord Howe has a unique underwater world to explore.
A selection of must do experiences:
Ball’s Pyramid and surrounding sites: world class diving and species endemic to the region. Expect to see massive schools of Violet Sweep, Amberjack, Kingfish, Silver Drummer, Ballina Angelfish, Rainbow Runners, Trevally and occasionally Marlin, Dolphins and Wahoo. The dive sites average 25 metres in depth and range from drift dives, cave dives or simply following a coral wall.
Lord Howe Island Museum: acquaint yourself with Lord Howe’s colourful past, you’ll find a library, plus historical and environmental exhibitions, as well as a replica skeleton of a long-extinct giant horned turtle. At 5pm each day (except Wednesday and Saturday), local experts conduct presentations on history and the environment.
Explore the caves: undertake a journey of discovery with world renowned naturalist Ian Hutton, spend a day exploring the most remote rocky coves while walking to the summit of Mt Gower rated as one of Australia’s best day walks and learn all about the islands rare birds, plants, geology and marine life.
Fish feeding: at Ned’s Beach let the fish come to you. Be part of a favourite Lord Howe ritual and help feed eager mullet, wrasse, garfish, silver drummer, spangled emperor and metre-long kingfish.
TRANSIT: Drive five minutes to Lord Howe Island airport, fly to Sydney (two hours) take a connnecting flight to Adelaide (2 hours). Drive four hours to Arkaba.