Just off the East Coast of Australia you will find the paradisical oasis that is Lord Howe Island. This volcanic isle rises out of the Tasmanian Sea like something from the Jurassic ages. Craggy hills carpeted in luscious greenery roll down onto pristine white beaches gently lapped by glittering turquoise waters.
Only 11km long and 2km wide, Lord Howe Island is laced with dozens of stunning walking trails, taking you from relaxing sea level strolls through luscious banyan forests to more moderate cliff-top hikes where the views across the landscape will take your breath away.
With a population of around 350 people, Lord Howe is the ultimate secluded island escape. An untouched natural beauty, this World Heritage Site boasts some phenomenal wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for flocks of shearwater and white bellied storm petrel nestled amongst the cliffs and verdure. This hub of biodiversity truly realises that quintessential image of Eden.
I found that the real wonderment of the Island lies beneath the surface of those unbeatable azure waters. Famous for their clarity, the oceans off Lord Howe Island offer some of the best diving opportunities in the world. Simply dip your mask under the water or dive the depths and you’ll be utterly lost for words as a kaleidoscopic reef bursts into view. Sitting on the cross roads of five major ocean currents, this underwater world hosts an incredibly diverse and colourful ecosystem. True island perfection.