Located in the Tasman Sea, far off the coast of NSW, Lord Howe Island is the first place in Australia to welcome the sunrise each morning. At just 11 kilometres long and two kilometres wide – with 350 permanent residents and room for just 400 visitors – it’s an exceptionally intimate place to visit. Even by Australian standards, locals are laid-back and friendly, revelling in sharing the magic of their home with visitors.
The remote island paradise is home to sandy beaches, crashing surf, subtropical forests, rolling green pastures and turquoise waters. And surprisingly, a glowering 875-metre peak named Mount Gower. More than 75 per cent of this bounty is protected by World Heritage status, including a marine park and the world’s most southerly coral reef.
Capella Lodge, at the foot of Mount Gower, is the island’s most luxurious stay. Its architecture channels the carefree spirit of the Australian beach house, while a high cantilevered roof and floor-to-ceiling windows welcome the outside in. Nine suites offer a relaxed, barefoot vibe that reflects Lord Howe’s pristine natural environment.