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The Rock-itt : June 2010
Right on our doorstep we have paradise, we are used to it, it's all over the Northern Beaches so why look anywhere else? Well, here's a little tip, if you want something really different, much more unspoilt and not far from home, try Lord Howe Island. I've been a couple of times, the last time was this January, first time I had been at 'peak time' but it still wasn't very busy. Lord Howe is permanent home to just 350 people and temporary home to a maximum of 400 visitors. That's a maximum of only 750 people at any one time on an island 10 km long and 2 km wide. My mate Keith, okay we know which one YOU climbed The island lies 600km North East of Sydney; it's about the same latitude as Port Macquarie and in New South Wales so you will definitely not have to show your passport. Maximum temperature in summer is around 25 degrees and in winter about 19 degrees. The lowest night time temperature in winter is about 12 degrees, so take a sweater if you go this month! The Island was discovered in 1788 by Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball on the First Fleet ship 'Supply' which was on its way to Sydney. He got himself a big hill named after him on the Island, Mount Lidgbird, and another spectacular one just about 23km south of the island called Ball's Pyramid. He must have been a bit of a brown noser because he named the main island after his boss, Richard Howe, who was First Lord of the Admiralty at the time. The island was first settled in 1834 by three couples arriving from New Zealand. They ran a provisioning station for ships travelling between Sydney and Norfolk Island which is much further North East. It was also a Whaling Station. After the whalers had killed off most of the whales the islanders started to export Kentia Palms and their seeds to the European indoor plant market. This trade is still one of the mainstays of the local economy. In the middle of the lagoon is Blackburn Island Tourists started to go to the islands around the turn of the 20th Century but it boomed after the Second World War when Flying Boats from Rose Bay in Sydney brought people over to the island in great style. Nowadays, tourists fly in from Sydney on Qantaslink Dash 8 turbo props which take around two hours to make the trip. This is one way to get to the airport, Qantaslink Dash 8 awaits on the Tarmac It's a pretty chilled place to visit but even the rock 'n' rolling party hard Lord Howe Island, Mt. Lidgbird left Gower right. I didn't climb either!