Get­ting there

Es­cape route: Lord Howe Is­land

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QAN­TAS flies di­rect to Lord Howe Is­land from Syd­ney and Bris­bane (Satur­days only).

But brace your­self for long­haul prices be­cause of lim­ited seat avail­abil­ity and weather de­pen­dant can­cel­la­tions.

It pays to in­vest in travel in­sur­ance. qan­tas.com

Stay­ing there

Waimarie Apart­ments

Ev­ery­thing – from the freshly ground cof­fee right down to the hand soap – at Waimarie Apart­ments comes with a story and the per­sonal touch of the owner, fifth-gen­er­a­tion Lord Howe Is­lan­der Sharon van Gelderen. From $320 per night. waimarielord­howeis­land.com.au

Ara­jilla Re­treat

Go all-in­clu­sive at Ara­jilla Re­treat near Old Set­tle­ment Beach. As a fel­low diner tells me, it’s “like be­ing on a cruise ship but on land; ev­ery­one is so friendly”.

Leave time for an ayurvedic mas­sage in the spa. Rooms from $750 per per­son a night. ara­jilla.com.au

Do­ing there

Ma­rine Ad­ven­tures

An­thony from Ma­rine Ad­ven­tures’ 3.5-hour glass-bot­tom boat tour to North Bay in­cludes tur­tle spot­ting in the North Pas­sage, snorkelling, guided seabird walk, and a walk to the top of Mt El­iza for $70 per per­son. marinead­ven­tures.com.au Is­lan­der Cruises

Peter from Is­lan­der Cruises has lived on Lord Howe for 24 years but to some lo­cals, he’s still “from Syd­ney”.

Join his snorkelling tour to the la­goon’s south­ern sanc­tu­ary zone ($60pp) or try a guided Aquas­cooter tour (vary­ing prices for shore, la­goon and off­shore tours). is­lander­cruises.com.au Sum­mit Ex­pe­di­tions

Jack Shick, from Sea to Sum­mit Ex­pe­di­tions, of­fers twice­weekly guided walks to the top of Mt Gower for $100 per per­son. lord­howeis­land­tours.net

Photo: iStock

PER­FECT: View south over the stun­ningly beau­ti­ful Lord Howe Is­land from Mal­abar look­out.

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