How to Spend 7 Days in Paradise – Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Lord Howe Island

‘I’ll take TEN kilos off for your RED hair,’ the baggage handler announced as I stepped on to the scales clutching my hand luggage. Just as well, I thought, sneaking a peek at the reading. Boy, were those scales defective, or WHAT?! Luckily, the scales faced away from the crowds at the airport – who was going to believe that

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Aussie ABC: R is for Rocks

With the world’s biggest rock AND largest monolith*, Australia’s the land of the ultimate ROCK – or at least the coolest Australian rock formations! But where’s a keen rockhound to go once they’ve seen Mt Augustus (biggest rock) and Uluru (biggest monolith)?? Check out a few more Australian Rock Stars – otherwise known as distinctive and unusual Australian rock formations – with

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Basalt, Birds and Balls Pyramid!

Balls Pyramid, via Lord Howe Island

‘The current’s running like a cut cat round the island,’ Jack shouted, firing up Noctiluca‘s powerful 200 horse power engines and guiding the eight-metre vessel into the bay. If not for the camera in one hand and a convenient strut for balance in another, I’d have high-fived Pilchard. On our first trip three years ago, our tour had been cancelled

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #24 – Ned’s Beach, Lord Howe Island, NSW

Public Amenities, Ned's Beach, Lord Howe Island

These conveniences could be ANYWHERE, right? Anywhere with tropical vegetation and killer blue skies, that is. But that doesn’t narrow it down much. Nor does its proximity to a beach and picnic and barbecue areas! Unlike many of its tropical counterparts, however, this public loo at Neds Beach on gorgeous Lord Howe Island has no predators such as snakes; the

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Aussie ABC – I is for Islands!

Mounts Gower and Lidgbird, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales Historic Supply Landing, Kangaroo Island I’ve spent my entire life on islands. But only if you count Australia! Some say it’s the world’s biggest island, some the smallest continent, others don’t actually care … But me? Of COURSE it’s an island! Anything to add more bragging rights another world class

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #15 – Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

The View from the Loo, Lord Howe Island

You can blame the public amenities block at Kata Tjuta, near Uluru in the Northern Territory for my obsession with the odd juxtapositioning of Australia’s most spectacular scenery with the often mundane conveniences that service its admirers.  The view from this loo MUST be the best in Australia, I thought. So I captured it on film.  And it remained my

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My Lord Howe Island Triathlon!

 *WARNING*: Real triathletes may find this post offensive! Please select another post!!    Lord Howe Island visitors seeking inertia are likely to be disappointed. Getting from A to B usually involves walking or cycling – and the best island activities are high-energy, hands-on and outdoors based. So after two days of reconnaissance on foot, we extended our range

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Favourite Place #6 – Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Mounts Lidgbird and Gower, Lord Howe Island

OK, I admit it. I’m shallow. For a favourite place to make it onto my favourite places list, it’s got to be able to deliver experiences I can’t have anywhere else. In Australia, if not the world! And a selection of good bakeries doesn’t hurt either … Stepping onto the 1km airstrip bisecting Lord Howe Island and into a Bali

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