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 a located in the Tasman Sea, around 500km east of Port Macquarie, 600km southeast of Brisbane and 770km northeast of Sydney.

Lord Howe Island forms part of the state of New South Wales, and is easily reached with daily flights from the Australian mainland.

Getting to Lord Howe Island

QantasLink offers daily flights to Lord Howe Island from Sydney and weekend flights from Brisbane.

In Australia, Qantas offers daily flights (except Monday) to Lord Howe Island from Sydney and a Sunday flight from Brisbane, with flights from Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour during the high season.

From New Zealand: Fly Qantas or Air New Zealand to either Brisbane or Sydney with connecting flight to Lord Howe Island.

From the UK: British Airways and Qantas Airways operate direct flights to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, with connecting flights to Lord Howe Island.

The London (Heathrow) to Sydney (Kingsford Smith) route is the most popular scheduled flight to Australia from the UK. Emirates, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific, among others, also offer connecting flights.

From the USA: Several airlines including V Australia, United Airlines, US Airlines, Delta and Qantas Airways offer direct flights from Los Angeles to Sydney and Brisbane, with connecting flights to Lord Howe Island.

Flight time to Lord Howe Island

Brisbane to Lord Howe Island is 2 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Sydney to Lord Howe Island is 2 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Lord Howe Island is 4 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Lord Howe Island is 12 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Lord Howe Island is 8 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
London to Lord Howe Island is 28 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Lord Howe Island is 27 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Lord Howe Is is 18 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Lord Howe Island Airport 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 hire car (AUD50 per day) or by bicycle (AUD8 per day). Just watch the speed limit – it's 25kph.

Lord Howe Island Map


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Latest update: How to get to Lord Howe Island: 18 November, 2018


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