Located 600 kilometres east of the flurry of Sydney, you could not feel further from home on this “remarkable, yet so unspoilt” island paradise, as David Attenborough once aptly described it.
Until only recently, this island’s fame has remained relatively unknown to the rest of the world. That is until it was inducted onto Lonely Planet’s “Top 5 Regions For 2020” list. It was ranked fifth place by the esteemed global travel authority this week, in their annually published book titled Best in Travel 2020.
The island is framed by the globe’s most southerly coral reef and houses astonishingly dense rainforests, white sandy beaches and unique marine and wildlife. This place is, rightfully so, like no other. And, it has been treated that way for decades, having held its place on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1982.
For divers or water lovers, the surroundings reefs shall not be forgotten soon. Lord Howe boasts 60 dive spots, 90 coral species, 500 breeds of fish and an endless supply of happy and healthy turtles to dance around the waters with. Surfers can enjoy an uninterrupted wave at Blinky Beach or if you’re all about the treks, consider the 6km Goat House Cave walk or more challenging 14km Mt Gower walk.
But not so fast; Lord Howe limits tourists to a maximum of 400 at any given time, so expect to wait in line. This island is as exclusive as they get, which is one of the many reasons why it made it to the Top 5 list in the first place. Lonely Planet aims to give travellers more choice when it comes to taking leisurely breaks while having minimum impact on the environment. One such aspect Lord Howe Island’s tourism authorities share, who are committed to encouraging island visitors to help out with local conservation projects whilst having fun at the same time.
For the full list of Lonely Planet Top 10 Best In Travel 2020 list, visit here.