Lord Howe Island is the only destination in Australia without snakes, poisonous spiders, dangerous sharks, crocodiles or stingers. You can kick your toe, or get stung by a bee, but that’s about as risky as it gets. The relatively benign forests, beaches, coral gardens and swimming spots are perfect for family adventure. On any given day, your kids can climb a tree, make sandcastles, collect shells, rock hop, snorkel with hundreds of fish, ride their bike, paddle a SUP, body surf, explore the forest, build a cubby house, and so on. The options are endless. We know because we raised our kids on Lord Howe, and they’ve never missed daytime TV or games on the iPad.
Kids can also enjoy a level of freedom that’s not possible in other destinations, and it’s common for them to make friends and go exploring together.
For the more adventurous families, Lord Howe has amazing opportunities to challenge kids with mountain climbing, deep-water snorkelling, scuba diving, ocean swimming, fishing and kayaking. They can learn to read maps and navigate without dramatic consequences if they take a wrong turn. And the best part? They’ll return to the lodge exhausted, hungry, and ready for bed.