Lord Howe Island is famous – and much-loved – for its striking landscape, and its plants and animals. Visitors can unwind with easy strolls through stunning vistas, or get more active with popular activities such as surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing and bird-watching. The Blue Peter Beach House is hidden behind a screen of kentia palms, elkhorns, and island bush and serenaded by the exquisite sound of native birds.
Lord Howe Island is the happiest place on Earth for bird watchers and eco-enthusiasts. More than 130 species of native and migratory birds call the island home. Nowhere else will avid and casual birdwatchers spot a woodhen with equal ease. Thirteen of the 490 fish species recorded are unique to the area.
Anglers can catch yellowtail kingfish and New Zealand bluefish and pit their skills against marlin, tuna and kingfish. The fish are attracted to more than 80 species of coral in the nearby reefs. In fact, it boasts the world’s southernmost barrier coral reef. Most of the island is untouched forest. You’ve probably seen it without know where it came from – the native kentia palm is the world’s most popular decorative palm. There are 64 unique species of flowering plants.
About Lord Howe Island
A British naval captain, Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball, first spotted Lord Howe when he was taking convicts from the new Australian settlement of Botany Bay to Norfolk Island aboard HMS Supply, a First Fleet ship. He claimed it for Britain on the way back and named it after the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Howe. The island had been unknown even to the Polynesians.
The first settlers arrived in 1834 from New Zealand to set up a whaling supply station for a Sydney concern. By the 1870s, whaling was on the wane and the islanders began exporting kentia palm seeds to Europe for indoor plants. Tourists first came around the turn of the 20th century by ship. After WWII flying boats from Sydney brought over increasing numbers of visitors. An airstrip was opened in 1974, which permitted twin-engine aircraft to fly to the island.
Ayurvedic Day Spa
Our Ayurvedic day spa is housed in a traditional yurt under a majestic banyan tree forest. This is the perfect setting to relax, unwind and enjoy all that this space has on offer.
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian science originating more than 5000 years ago. This science of life is one of the world’s oldest healthcare systems. It’s not only a healthcare system but an entire philosophy that encourages the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.
Choose from one of the many treatments we have on offer that are therapeutic in nature. You receive the benefits on all levels connecting your mind, body and soul.
Incorporating the wisdom of the Ayurveda philosophy recognises that everyone is unique and has delivered a skin care that has amazing results. These products have been formulated with all natural and handcrafted organic ingredients which create nutrition for the skin. Every ingredient is of the highest grade possible and there are no nasty chemicals that strip the skin, parabens or sulphates.
All products are hand-crafted and receive a blessing ritual twice. First at the time of harvesting and second before they are shipped. All ingredients are tended with care, grown and sundried in the Himalayas. Download the Spa Menu
Getting here and around
Lord Howe Island is 600km off the Australian mainland in the South Pacific Ocean. Visitors usually arrive by plane – a two hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane. Blue Peter can arrange your airport transfers. As Lord Howe is part of Australia, no passport is required for Australian citizens. Australian money is used. Lord Howe Island also has some rental cars.