Lord Howe Island celebrated its 30th anniversary of World Heritage listing in December, 2012. It is one of only a handful of island groups on the UNESCO World Heritage list, inscribed for its biodiversity and spectacular landscape and is home to hundreds of beautiful and rare plants, birds and marine species. The island was created by a volcanic eruption seven million years ago. It boasts a number of unique natural experiences including diving the world’s southernmost coral reef and visiting Balls Pyramid – the tallest sea stack in world. Two-thirds of the island is covered in natural forests, Banyan trees and Kentia palms.

Where is it – Lord Howe Island is situated 550 kilometres east of Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia and less than two hours from Sydney, Brisbane and Port Macquarie airports.

How big – the Island is 11 kilometres long and less than three kilometres at its widest point. Island population:
A paradise where only 400 visitors are allowed on the island at any one time and there are only 350 residents.

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