Today we have had some amazing news. Lord Howe Island will be open to visitors again from October 2, 2020.
Covid -19 has had a huge impact on businesses all around the World. Here at Lord Howe Island we have been closed since March 22 this year. Tourism is our lifeblood & our way of life. We look forward to seeing you back.
All We Need is You
Now is your chance to visit us for your dream overseas holiday with no passport required.
At Reef N Beyond Eco Tours we are really looking forward to getting back on the water again. We offer the best touring experiences available on Lord Howe. Our tours are spectacular and will leave you breathless.
Lord Howe Island’s first tourists began arriving on ships in 1883. Transport has evolved over time, from ships in the early days to modern day aircraft. Flying boats initially brought up to 42 guests to Lord Howe from Rose Bay in Sydney up until 1974.
In 1974, a runway was constructed on Lord Howe. This has enabled modern day, fast turbo prop aircraft to land on the short 886m runway!
There are approximately 350 permanent residents & only 400 guests at any one time! It is never crowded.
The tourist industry contributes approximately 30 million dollars to the Island’s economy annually. It is the Islands primary source of income.
Lord Howe Island is a truely special place & we want to share it with you!
Lord Howe has been closed due to the Covid 19 pandemic since March this year. Here at Reef N Beyond Eco Tours we value your business & look forward to seeing you back in our Covid Safe environment. To assist you get started we have now installed a contactless booking system on our website! Booking prior to arrival is highly recommended & simple. Check out our dollar saver Multi Tour Eco Pass. https://visitlordhowe.com.au/tours/save-multi-tour-eco-pass/
Lord Howe Island is the eroded remains of a 6.9 million year old shield volcano. It consists of 28 Islands of various sizes. The main Island is approximately 11km long with the widest point just over 2km. The tallest peak on the Island is Mt Gower at 875m. The Island is approximately 56 square kilometres in area.
Ball’s Pyramid is located 23km to the southeast of Lord Howe Island. At 552m, it is the tallest sea stack on the planet. It too is the remnants of a shield volcano. It is approximately 1.1km long with the widest point at the base approximately 600m.
The entire Island is eroding rapidly & is likely to be completely submerged in 200,000 years! So you had better hurry!
Lord Howe Island is located 780km NE of Sydney & 582km east of Port Macquarie. Just a 2 hours flight will get you overseas & no passport required! Qantaslink & Eastern Air Services provide regular flights to the Island.
Lord Howe Island has an amazing temperate, sub tropical climate. The air temperature ranges between 29’c & 12’c. Water temperature is ideal at between 19’c & 26’c. The Island is lush & green for the majority, with the occasional dry periods between December & February.
The ideal time to visit the Island is between September & June. Winter is our low season & visitors can expect a cooler climate, with some Island services limited. It is an ideal time for getting away, a reconnaissance trip, bush walking or just snuggling in & reading a book!
Flora & Fauna
Lord Howe Island has an abundance of unique endemic terrestrial & marine flora & fauna. Almost half of the plants are only found on here! Kentia Palms are the signature endemic palm species & have been exported all over the world.
Lord Howe Island is the home of the rarest insect in the world! The Phasmid was discovered living on Ball’s Pyramid in 2001. It once inhabited the main Island, but was thought to have become extinct approximately 100 years ago.
Lord Howe is the home of approximately 16 species of seabird. They inhabit the main island, surrounding Islands & Ball’s Pyramid. They provide exceptional photographic opportunities.
The marine life is amazing too, with 500 species of fish & 90 species of coral. Guests often comment on the quality & variety of our coral. Don’t forget your mask & snorkel.
Something for Everybody
Lord Howe Island is a truely unique holiday destination that has something for everybody! It has a large variety of accomodation options. There are plenty of touring options are available.
Yes, I refer to the current COVID-19 pandemic! Our once carefree happy lifestyle working & living on Lord Howe Island has been completely turned upside down.
Like everybody, we wish it would all just go away. It appears that unless we learn to minimise the risk of transmission, we will be stuck in this state of limbo until a vaccine is available.
Now that would be something everybody could really look forward too!
Life Goes On
In the meantime, here at Reef N Beyond Eco Tours we have prepared for the “new norm”
We have now introduced our “Covid19 Safety Plan”! We have introduced numerous measures to mitigate & minimise risk Covid19 infection to our staff, guests & broader community. Rest assured we are looking after your safety while maintaining the enjoyment factor on our tours.
Should you be unwell on the day of the tour, unfortunately you will not be permitted to join the tour. Alternatively, you may be entitled to a gift card valid for a period of 2 years, or a full refund.
We look forward to seeing you on our Reef N Beyond Tours in our Covid19 Safe environment!!!!
As a Marine Eco Tour Operator on Lord Howe Island we are currently closed due to the Covid19 virus outbreak. Now is the ideal time to consider your next holiday.
It is highly likely that the domestic travel market will be open prior to any international destination.
Why not consider Lord Howe Island? Just a 2 hour flight from Sydney, Port Macquarie & Brisbane. “Lonely Planet” rated Lord Howe Island 5th best world holiday destination.
I have to agree, Lord Howe Island is definitely the perfect destination for adventure seekers & families alike.
A Few Tips – These should enable you to experience the best Lord Howe Island has to offer.
Prior to Arriving
Study your destination, check prevailing weather conditions including water temperature & available activities.
Decide what activities & tours you wish to do.
Check out tour websites & reviews.
Prioritise tours – What is really on the top of your bucket list?
Prebook tours prior to arrival or as soon as you arrive. Remember some tours are more weather dependant than others. The weather dependant tours should be done first. Many tours operate daily, these could be done on another day.
Check individual tour operator policies prior to booking.
Remember an addition memory card & charger for your device. Lord Howe Island is an extremely photogenic destination. It would be a shame not to take all of these memories with you.
On Arrival at Lord Howe
Drop into the Reef N Beyond boat shed. We are happy to offer you advice on activities, provide you with brochures on walking tracks, the Marine Park & other Island tours.
Make contact with tour operators as soon as you arrive. Provide accomodation details & email address. Enable them to contact you easily.
Confirm your tour promptly!
Remember weather dependant tours are scheduled according to the best weather day & time.
Avoid disappointment, take the first available opportunity offered. If not, you could miss out.
Enquire what personal equipment you need. Example – camera, food, drink, snorkelling gear, wetsuit, sunscreen, spray jacket, sea sickness medication.
Ensure you are aware of the departure location.
Check the local time. Lord Howe Island is (30 minutes ahead of AEST in the winter & the same as Sydney AEDST in the summer.)
Be punctual and arrive at departure point at least 10 minutes prior.
If it becomes necessary to cancel your booking, be courteous & give the tour operator plenty of notice.
Lord Howe Island is extremely suited to those wanting an action packed, physical & adventurous holiday or those who just want to relax. The views are magnificent in every direction.
Whether above or below the water, the amazing endemic wildlife & stunning scenery will entice you to come back for more.