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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Lord Howe Island is a dot in the Tasman Sea, 600 kilometres off Port Macquarie and a 2 hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane. It's World Heritage Listed for its remarkable geology and rare collection of birds, plants and marine life. All marine life and the coral reef are protected by the Lord Howe Island Marine Park. About 350 people live there and only 400 visitors are allowed on the island at any one time. There are few cars, most people get around on bicycle or on foot. It's only 11 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide.

You can hand feed the fish bread at Ned's Beach any time of the day and you can walk to Mount Gower, rated as one of the best day walks in the world.

Ian Hutton, Lord Howe's resident naturalist and author of 10 books about the island said "People talk about The Galapagos Islands because of Darwin's connection, but there's more diversity on Lord Howe and it's so intact - the island is very much as it was when it was first discovered.

David Attenborough once wrote "It's so extraordinary, it's almost unbelievable....few islands surely can be so accessible, so remarkable, yet so unspoilt".

Lord Howe Island - the last natural paradise.