Lord Howe Island is located 600kms east of the New South Wales township of Port Macquarie. A volcanic remnant, it is known for pristine beaches, rugged diverse landscapes and abundant flora, fauna and marine life and has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its global natural significance and is a ‘permanent park preserve’.
Virtually unpopulated, the Lord Howe Island Group is actually 28 islands, islets and rock formations with Lord Howe Island being the largest landmass. It is home to the world’s most southern coral reef system and the waters are abundant with temperate, subtropical and tropical marine species. There is a sheltered and semi-enclosed coral reef lagoon perfect for snorkelling with the white sands surrounding it of Lagoon Beach. Another spectacular snorkel area teeming with wildlife is the 1965 shipwreck of ‘The Favourite’ which is located in shallow waters off North Beach.
Lord Howe Island is a nesting areas for migratory and non-migratory birds (for example the Sooty Tern, Black , Masked Boobies and the Lord Howe Woodhen)
In 1834 a small permanent settlement was established on Lord Howe Island. 3 men, their Maori wives and 2 Maori boys were left there by the New Zealand departed British whaling Baroque named ‘Caroline’ to establish a whaling supply station for a Sydney whaling company. They fed themselves by fishing while raising pigs and goats from feral stock and bartered their goods of water, vegetables, meats, wood and bird feathers in exchange for tobacco, clothes, sugar and tools. It was a cashless world. Huts were built west of Blinky Beach by these pioneers with a fresh water supply and a garden to remind them of home. This area is now known as the ‘Old Settlement’ and the Lord Howe Museum showcases some interesting artifacts of this time. These early settlers left the island when they were bought out for 350 pounds in 1841.
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