Lord Howe Island is just two hours by air from Sydney or Brisbane. Other Pacific islands and the Great Barrier Reef spring to mind when it comes to beauty, but after Kelly spent time on Lord Howe, she reckons the little gem gives them all a run for their money.
Lord Howe's volcanic origin gives it an out-of-this-world image from the air. Its twin peaks, Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird, tower over a lagoon and 6 kilometres of postcard-perfect beaches and it’s blessed with a temperate climate described as perpetual spring.
It has the world’s most southerly coral reef and its well-deserved World Heritage listing is thanks to over 100 types of coral and 500 fish varieties, some exclusive to Lord Howe.
There are no high-rise buildings or power lines marring the natural beauty, no mobile phone reception, pushbike is the main mode of transport and for vehicles with motors, the limit is 25 kph. No wonder locals say they live in The Last Paradise!