Lord Howe Island

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From Sydney by air

This crescent-shaped Australian island is two hours by plane from Sydney.


Lord Howe Island measures a little over 10 kilometers (6 miles) in length and 2 kilometers (1 mile) at its broadest point.


It is the eroded caldera remnant of a 7-million-year-old volcano, which was 10 times as large as its current size.


Lord Howe Island was discovered in 1798 and settled in 1834.


A concerted effort of locals and admirers has helped preserve its precious natural environment.

Nearby jagged islet

The 562-meter (1844-foot) high craggy islet named Ball Pyramid is another remnant of the volcanic island group. This breathtaking spire juts up from the sea about 16 kilometers (10 miles) south of Lord Howe Island. Viewing the Ball Pyramid up close is a must. You can do this by plane or boat.

When to go

For the best weather, visit Lord Howe Island during the Southern Hemisphere summer (mid-December to mid-March).

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