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The Australian island that’s just like Hawaii with ‘magical’ vistas and sparkling aqua water

Australian travellers have discovered a ‘magical’ island – and its white sand beaches, formidable forests, and crystal clear waters bursting with coral reef have earned it the label of ‘Hawaii Down Under’.

A two-hour flight from Sydney, Lord Howe island is located 600km east of the New South Wales coast and boasts diverse wildlife and unique vistas.

The stunning volcanic isle is home to an extraordinary cloud forest where cotton-like wisps float directly over mountaintops.

One of the island’s main attractions, the cloud caps, hang between the 875-metre summit of Mount Gower and lower Mount Lidgbird during summer months.

However, hopeful visitors will have to plan their trip in advance and confirm their accomodation – as the island only allows 400 travellers at any time due to its sustainable tourism policy.

Australian travellers have discovered Lord Howe - a 'magical' island just a two hour flight away from Sydney

Australian travellers have discovered Lord Howe – a ‘magical’ island just a two hour flight away from Sydney

Lord Howe island is located 600km east of the New South Wales coast and boasts crystal clear waters, a verdant forest, and incredible coastal walks

Lord Howe island is located 600km east of the New South Wales coast and boasts crystal clear waters, a verdant forest, and incredible coastal walks

Lord Howe is part of just one percent of global woodland where cloud forests grow, along with regions in Central America, southern Mexico, South America, Africa, Madagascar, Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and the Caribbean.

Sitting between Australia and New Zealand in the Tasman Sea, the island has been hailed as an ‘unspoiled paradise’ filled with diamond beaches and cerulean waters.

Visitors are encouraged to take part in ecological initiatives and clean-up projects, and can even hand-feed fish on picturesque Ned’s Beach for a close encounter with local wildlife. 

The stunning volcanic isle is home to an extraordinary cloud forest where cotton-like wisps float directly over mountaintops

The stunning volcanic isle is home to an extraordinary cloud forest where cotton-like wisps float directly over mountaintops

Visitors are encouraged to take part in ecological initiatives and clean-up projects

Travellers can opt for sunset tours or take picnics along one of the many clifftop walks

Visitors are encouraged to take part in ecological initiatives and clean-up projects, and can even hand-feed fish on picturesque Ned’s Beach for a close encounter with local wildlife

Summers on Lowe Howe are warm and ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and water sports, while the mild winters are made for bushwalking through the ancient forests

Summers on Lowe Howe are warm and ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and water sports, while the mild winters are made for bushwalking through the ancient forests

Once an active volcano, the island boasts some of Australia’s best hike and cycle trails as well as world-class snorkelling and scuba diving sites around the nearby Admiralty Islands.

Families can take tours of the lagoon on glass-bottom boats, which provide unrivalled opportunities for fish, turtle, and coral reef viewing. 

Couples can opt for romantic sunset tours or take picnics along one of the many clifftop walks – including the famous Seven Cliffs trail that circles the main tourist attractions. 

Summers on Lowe Howe are warm and ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and water sports, while the mild winters are made for bushwalking through the ancient forests. 

Once an active volcano, the island boasts some of Australia's best hike and cycle trails as well as world-class snorkelling and scuba diving sites around the nearby Admiralty Islands

Once an active volcano, the island boasts some of Australia’s best hike and cycle trails as well as world-class snorkelling and scuba diving sites around the nearby Admiralty Islands

Despite being just 11 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide, Lord Howe is home to over 500 species of fish, 90 forms of coral and native wildlife

Despite being just 11 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide, Lord Howe is home to over 500 species of fish, 90 forms of coral and native wildlife

Traveller Asha Beswick recently visited Lord Howe where she described her trip as a ‘one of a kind’ experience.

The young woman cycled along the shore, took a boat ride around the island’s perimeter, bathed in cliffside pools, and snorkelled with local sea life. 

Despite being just 11 kilometres long and two kilometres wide, Lord Howe is home to over 500 species of fish, 90 forms of coral, and other native wildlife.

Nature lovers will be pleased to discover the woodhen – one of the world’s rarest birds – and the Lord Howe Island Phasmid, a large stick insect previously believed to be extinct, trotting about the space.

Nature lovers will be pleased to discover the woodhen - one of the world's rarest birds - and the Lord Howe Island Phasmid, a large stick insect previously believed to be extinct trotting about the space

Nature lovers will be pleased to discover the woodhen – one of the world’s rarest birds – and the Lord Howe Island Phasmid, a large stick insect previously believed to be extinct trotting about the space

Travellers will find themselves with a unique opportunity to witness dozens of tiny ecosystems co-exist - a feat that is uncommon in the rest of the world

Travellers will find themselves with a unique opportunity to witness dozens of tiny ecosystems co-exist – a feat that is uncommon in the rest of the world

Ecologist Ian Hutton, who has lived on the World Heritage-listed island for the past 40 years, describes it as a ‘thrilling life, surrounded by pristine waters and subtropical forests’.

Travellers will find themselves with a unique opportunity to witness dozens of tiny ecosystems co-exist – with Dr Hutton describing the spot as akin to ‘living in a David Attenborough documentary’ to the ABC.

Dr Hutton said the humidity from cloud forests create the perfect climate for the growth of rare mosses, ferns and flowering plants, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. 

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