Mount Gower, Lord Howe Island Mount Gower from Mount Eliza – Image courtesy of Lord Howe Island Tourism Association

How to get to Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is located in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand, around 600km (370mi) east of Port Macquarie and 780km (485mi) northeast of Sydney.

Lord Howe Island forms part of the Australian state of New South Wales.

The most convenient route to Lord Howe Island, from overseas or interstate, is by air to either Brisbane Airport (BNE) or Sydney Airport (SYD) followed by a connecting flight to Lord Howe Island Airport (LDH).

QantasLink – the regional air carrier of Australian airline Qantas – offers daily flights to Lord Howe Island from Sydney, and weekend flights from Brisbane.


Flight times to Lord Howe Island

The following are the most convenient flights to Lord Howe Island Airport (LDH).

Within Australia: Qantas operates daily flights to Lord Howe Island via Sydney and weekend flights from Brisbane.

Brisbane to Lord Howe Island is 1 hr 50 min, direct flight
Sydney to Lord Howe Island is 2 hrs, direct flight

Adelaide to Lord Howe Island is 5 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Canberra to Lord Howe Island is 3 hr 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Lord Howe Island is 4 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Lord Howe Island is 7 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ


Flight times to Sydney

The following are the most convenient flights to Sydney Airport (SYD).

Within Australia: Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Scoot Tigerair operate frequent daily direct flights to Sydney.

Adelaide to Sydney is 1 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Brisbane to Sydney is 1 hr 35 min, direct flight
Canberra to Sydney is 55 min, direct flight
Darwin to Sydney is 4 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Sydney is 1 hrs 25 min, direct flight
Perth to Sydney is 4 hrs 5 min, direct flight


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient daily flights to Sydney.

Auckland to Sydney is 3 hrs 40 min, direct flight


From China: Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Qantas and Cathay Pacific offer the most convenient flights to Sydney.

Beijing to Sydney is 10 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Hong Kong to Sydney is 9 hrs 5 min, direct flight
Shanghai to Sydney is 10 hrs 30 min, direct flight


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Qantas and Scoot Tigerair operate the most convenient daily flights to Sydney.

Singapore to Sydney is 7 hrs 35 min, direct flight


From United States: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Sydney.

Dallas-Fort Worth to Sydney is 17 hrs, direct flight
Los Angeles to Sydney is 14 hrs 45 min, direct flight
San Francisco to Sydney is 14 hrs 40 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Sydney is 20 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Sydney is 22 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Sydney is 20 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Sydney is 22 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Westjet, Qantas, United Airlines and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Sydney.

Vancouver to Sydney is 15 hrs 10 min, direct flight

Toronto to Sydney is 20 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Sydney is 22 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: Emirates, British Airways, Singapore Airlines and Qantas offer the most convenient daily flights to Sydney.

London to Sydney is 21 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Manchester to Sydney is 22 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Emirates, Air France, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas offer the most convenient daily flights to Sydney.

Paris to Sydney is 21 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Emirates, Lufthansa and Scoot Tigerair offer the most convenient flights to Sydney.

Berlin to Sydney is 22 hrs 10 min, connecting flightsˆ
Dusseldorf to Sydney is 20 hrs 55 min, connecting flightsˆ
Frankfurt to Sydney is 22 hrs, connecting flightsˆ
Hamburg to Sydney is 21 hrs 10 min, connecting flightsˆ
Munich to Sydney is 22 hrs, connecting flightsˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Lord Howe Island Airport (LDH) is the island's only airport. Resort staff meet all visitors on inbound flights and provide transport to and from the respective resorts.


Entry requirements to Australia

UK, USA and Canadian nationals must have a passport valid for intended period of stay. A visa is required, except for those with Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). New Zealand citizens are granted a Special Category Visa on arrival.


Getting around Lord Howe Island

See the sights by walking or by bicycle. Several walking tracks cover the island graded from easy to strenuous. Recreational climbers must obtain permission from the Lord Howe Island Board.

Lord Howe Island Map


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Latest update: How to get to Lord Howe Island: 2 November, 2019


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