I love Lord Howe Island, and you will too.

I love Lord Howe Island, and you will too.

Let’s start backwards.

I returned home from Australia almost three months ago. For the majority of my time there, I lived on Lord Howe Island. I’d never heard of the place until spotting an online job advertisement for a burger flipper at the general store. Two days later, I was on the plane to a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Tasman Sea. I discovered one of my favorite places on earth. Living on a remote island has its ups and downs, but for today, let’s focus on the positives:

1. Peace and quiet

With only 350 permanent residents, and 400 tourists max at a time, there are always less than 1000 people on the island. Right. The speed limit is 25kph, and seat belts aren’t required. There is one police officer though, so make sure you’re wearing a helmet when riding your bike. Although it’s less than a two hour flight from Sydney, you feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of a big city.

2. Off the grid

There is no cell phone service and extremely (extremely) limited internet, so you have no choice but to unplug. There are pay phones, and your email should load if you just give it 15 minutes. But never fear, you won’t miss it, because…

3. Nature

The 11km x 2km island is jam packed with incredible nature and wildlife, hence its World Heritage status. With 11 different beaches, miles of walking trails, 207 species of birds, over 500 species of fish, two mountains, and the world’s most southerly coral reef, you will never stop exploring.

4. Modes of exploration

Whether you prefer to climb up mountains, kayak or SUP around the lagoon, dive under the sea, pedal your bike down the road (and up a few hills), swim with the fish, or stroll along the beach, there is an adventure for everyone.

5. Turtles

The woodhens and double headed wrasse are great, but the turtles on Lord Howe Island hold a special place in my heart. There is nothing better than a day spent snorkelling with the turtles who hang out at Old Settlement Beach. Give them a pat on the shell, feed them some seaweed, and have a good time!