Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, around 700km north east of Sydney, Australia, Lord Howe Island is a small, breathtakingly beautiful island, measuring just 11km long and 2.8km at its widest point. Included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982, the island is surrounded by a reef-fringed lagoon, rolling surf and the world’s southern-most coral reef. Lord Howe Island has around 350 permanent residents with visitors limited to 400 at any one time. Lord Howe is a pristine natural environment with around three-quarters of the island preserved as permanent national and marine park. How do I get there?
With Capella Lodge as luxury basecamp, guests take to walking tracks to explore towering mountain ridges, subtropical forests and white-sanded beaches. Climb to the summit of Mount Gower on a guided day walk, rated one of the world’s best. Dive in to the clear, warm waters and discover a vibrant submarine world where a riot of fish cruise among the corals.View all experiences here.
One of Lord Howe’s best-loved beaches, Neds is popular for its beach, reef-snorkelling and picnicking options. Feeding the fish at Neds is guaranteed to delight and one of the most memorable experiences on a holiday on Lord Howe.view details
The Malabar walk on the island’s northern end opens up a number of longer walk options and offers classic views of the island looking towards the crescent shaped lagoon and Mounts Gower and Lidgbird.view details
Glass Bottom boat
A tour of the reef by glass-bottom boat with optional snorkel is a wonderful start to a Lord Howe holiday. The island’s excellent operators are based in the boat sheds on the lagoon near the CBD.view details
Mt Gower expedition
Rising some 875 metres above sea level, Mount Gower is the larger of the twin mountain peaks which dominate the tiny island landscape. A guided day hike to the summit is rated one of the world’s best.view details
North Bay cruise
Lord Howe Island’s North Bay is a sheltered area of the reef, ideal for snorkelling around the lagoon’s own shipwreck and the best spot for an encounter with Green Sea turtles as they feed among the seagrasses.view details
Enjoying a barbecue lunch in one of Lord Howe’s many idyllic picnic spots is the best way to embrace the relaxed island way of life. Capella offers gourmet lunch packs with all the essentials for a lazy afternoon by the sea.view details
Intriguing and mysterious, Ball's Pyramid is the world’s tallest sea stack and rises some 562 metres from the Pacific Ocean around 20 km south of Lord Howe. It's also home to a once thought extinct insect!view details
Warmed by currents flowing from the Coral Sea, Lord Howe’s crescent-shaped island protects a coral reef, the most southerly in the world. Naturally free of marine stingers, and with fascinating tidal rock pools, turtle grazing areas and coral outcrops just offshore, an experience of the reef is as easy as taking a snorkel and fins and wandering into the water from the shore.
Dining at Capella Lodge is a celebration of fresh local ingredients with an abundance of fresh line-caught fish and seafood starring on the daily menus. Island growers produce organic fruits and heirloom vegetables, and the finest regional produce is sourced from the mainland. Read our Dining Philosophy.
Lord Howe Seasons
Warm maritime currents from the Coral Sea endow this iconic island with a near perfect climate often likened to perpetual spring. Encounter the intriguing rare bird species that choose Lord Howe as their preferred seasonal nesting stopover, explore walks of varying grades amongst ancient palm forests and along basalt rises, all with amazing island and ocean views. Lord Howe Island is endowed with a near perfect climate often likened to perpetual spring. Summers are warm and winters mild, with ocean swimming a delight between September and May thanks to the warm currents flowing from the Coral Sea to the north. Walking, hiking and many other activities are enjoyed year-round.
(DECEMBER – FEBRUARY)
Summer is idyllic on Lord Howe Island, where a traditional Australian summer holiday is on offer. Swimming and snorkelling, enjoying ice-creams and getting lost in the view make for perfect pursuits. The simple pleasure of a long and lazy barbecue lunch is a favourite Lord Howe tradition. Fresh sea breezes keep the vibe cool.
Daytime temperatures range from 25–28°C in Summer.
(MARCH – MAY)
Many consider autumn the best time to visit Lord Howe, when the days are mild and the water warm for swimming. Autumn is a beautiful time to admire the wildlife and enjoy the many island activities on offer year-round, such as reef walking and bird watching. During autumn thousands of Providence petrels arrive for their winter breeding season.
Daytime temperatures range from 22–25°C in Autumn.
(JUNE – AUGUST)
The gentle cool season from May to September offers great opportunities to explore walks of varying grades amongst ancient palm forests and along basalt rises, all with amazing island and ocean views. Walk the Little Island track at the base of Mount Gower to witness the Providence petrels’ mid-air courtship antics.
Daytime temperatures range from 18–22°C in Winter.
(SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER)
Spring is a spectacular time to visit Lord Howe as the island's flora and fauna flourish in the warm temperatures. It's the best season to encounter the many bird species that fly in to Lord Howe as their chosen nesting stopover. Watch out for the eggs and chicks of white terns balanced precariously on a tree limb!
Daytime temperatures range from 20–22°C in Spring.
Qantaslink operates regular daily two-hour flights from Sydney to Lord Howe Island. Aircraft are the Dash 8 (De Havilland Canada DHC-8) twin propellers planes which seat 32 passengers. Checked baggage needs to weigh 14kg or under for guaranteed transfer, though total checked luggage of up to 23kg is permitted and best divided among two or more bags in case the second is laid off until a later flight. An additional 7kg carryon luggage is permitted.
Eastern Air Services operate charter flights from Port Macquarie.
Capella’s managers meet guests off their arriving flights for complimentary transfer to the lodge. Transfer is in a private vehicle, potentially with fellow Capella guests. Transfers to meet departure flights, or to other accommodation on checkout is also provided by the Capella team.