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Lord Howe Island Set to Welcome Travellers Again

June 29, 2020 Visit STH Pacific & Oceania No Comments Email Email

Lord Howe Island has announced it will once again welcome travellers to the island from August 3 this year. A NSW Public Health Order restricting travel to Lord Howe has been in place since March 22 this year, designed to protect around 350 residents on the tiny World Heritage-listed island from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Situated some 600 kilometres off the NSW coast, Lord Howe Island’s isolated location has placed it in a unique position in the current pandemic, and no cases of COVID-19 have been reported to date.

Qantas offers a regular service to Lord Howe on its 32-seat Dash-8 aircraft from Sydney and from Brisbane at the weekend. Flights are now available to book in the system from August.

The Lord Howe Island Tourism Association (LHITA) considers the health and safety of both the island residents and its tourist visitors to be of the highest priority, and is currently working with the island’s tourism operators on developing COVID-safe measures ahead of the reopening.

LHITA Executive Officer Trina Shepherd said the island’s residents were looking forward to welcoming visitors back to Lord Howe, just in time for spring.

“Lord Howe never feels crowded with its cap on visitor numbers to just 400 at any one time, but it’s been especially quiet over the past few months,” Ms Shepherd said.

“There are already strong bookings for the island for September onwards, many of which are for travellers who transferred their bookings from earlier in the year.

“We think Lord Howe will be extra appealing for Aussies who are who are keen to travel to extraordinary places again – with no passport required.

“For many who’ve not yet visited Lord Howe, now’s the time to enjoy a tropical island holiday and explore white-sanded beaches, incredible hikes and the world’s southernmost coral reef by snorkel or scuba, right on the doorstep.

“And with no mobile coverage and relaxed wifi it’s an ideal escape for anyone who’s been working from home and is now experiencing ‘Zoom-fatigue’!”

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