Lord Howe Island Settlement
Situated beside a coral lagoon on this stunning World Heritage–listed island, the Lord Howe Island settlement takes up a small area in the central-north part of the island. Many people get around by pushbike. The main street has cafes, art and craft shops, banks, a general store and post office.
Lord Howe Island Museum, cnr Lagoon and Middle Beach rds; (02) 6563 2114 or 1800 240 937
Lord Howe Island Museum and Visitors Centre Displays and reams of information on the island's history and World Heritage listing. Open 9.30am–3pm, Mon–Fri, 9.20am–2pm Sun; Lagoon Rd; 1800 240 937.
Kentia Palm Nursery: as well as learning about growing the biggest-selling indoor palm in the world, see the breeding program for the Lord Howe Island phasmid, an extremely rare insect. Enquire at Visitors Centre.
Golf: Situated at the base of imposing Mt Lidgbird, Lord Howe Island’s golf course is one of Australia’s most scenic – its 9 holes incorporate lush vegetation and open fairways with superb coastal views. Visitors are welcome to tee off at any time on this World Heritage turf, and you can even participate in the annual Lord Howe Open Golf Tournament held in November; (02) 6563 2179.
Bushwalks: the island abounds in great bushwalks along stunning coastline, among bird rookeries, through dense subtropical forest, and to the peak of the 2 towering mountains. The premier walk is to the top of 875 m Mt Gower, an all-day adventure that can only be done with a guide, and involves ropes at some points. Enquire at the visitors centre.
Snorkelling and Diving: Lord Howe Island's coral reefs and drop-offs abound with fish, turtles and other marine life. There are 2 dive operators and numerous places to hire snorkels on the island. Snorkels and masks are also available at Neds Beach, with an honesty box system.
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What's on around town
Discovery Day, Feb; Jazz Festival,
Aug. Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race,
Nov; Lord Howe Island Golf Open,