The Island

Lord Howe Island was discovered by Captain Henry Lidgebird Ball, Master of the HMS Supply en route to Norfolk Island on the 17th February 1788. Ever since it has been a popular stop over for sailors, aviators and holiday makers - even Sir Francis Chitcheaster made a stop over here on his solo round the world flight in the 1930s! This diverse little Island is so special it was placed on the World Heritage List in 1982, one of the first islands in the world to have this honour.

Today, Lord Howe Island offers an experience for everyone - from ecotourism to game fishing, mountain climbing and diving, to the more relaxing game of golf, bowls, tennis, or a snorkeling trip on a glass bottom boat. For the surfers, there are great beaches and perfect reef breaks - it’s hard to miss out! For those wanting to unwind, curl up under a palm tree, read a novel and enjoy the sun, scenery and serenity. Lord Howe is the perfect getaway from the stresses of everyday life.  There is no mobile phone coverage on Lord Howe so it is the perfect excuse to switch it off and enjoy a holiday with no interruptions! 
Lord Howe boasts the most southern coral reef in the world, which is protected by our crystal clear lagoon composed of hundreds of magnificent fish and coral species and waters calm enough for all ages to enjoy. Our Island is truly unique.

For avid bird watchers, Lord Howe is heaven - some of the rarest birds in the world call our Island ‘home’. Conservation efforts to maintain an ecologically rich environment are important to the island; such efforts include the management of the friendly, endemic Lord Howe Island Woodhen, which was almost extinct at one point.  At Beachcomber, we have a family of woodhens who wander around our grounds and pose for our guests to take pictures.

The Island has a number of excellent cafes and restaurants serving traditional and modern food at reasonable prices all located within walking or cycling distance to Beachcomber Lodge. 

Temperature ranges from 15-30˚C year round, being a sub-tropical climate that is never too hot or too cold.