I AM PLANNING A TRIP FOR TWO TO LORD HOWE ISLAND, STAYING IN NICE ACCOMMODATION BUT NOT TOP OF THE RANGE. ANY SUGGESTIONS PLEASE? WHAT TIME OF YEAR IS BEST AND WOULD FIVE TO SEVEN DAYS BE ENOUGH?
K. JONES, RANDWICK
Pinetrees Lodge (pinetrees.com.au) is an all-time visitor favourite. The lodge has several styles of accommodation at various prices, the food is outstanding and you can organise tours and bike hire right on the premises. Somerset Apartments (somersetlordhowe.com.au) might also be a good choice since the apartments have basic cooking facilities, which allow you to save on meals. Anytime between October and April is the sweet spot, with November to February as the driest months.
The island gets its fair share of rain and days are often breezy. Seven days is about the minimum. Although it's just 11 kilometres long and less than three across at its widest, there's heaps to do. I've been to LHI three times and I have yet to climb the summit of Mount Gower, one of the island's "peak" experiences. Be warned, LHI is a powerful addiction. One visit is never enough.