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Jewel in the Sea

Lord Howe Island is a crescent-shaped volcanic remnant in the Tasman Sea. Located between Australia and New Zealand, it lies 370 miles (600km) east of mainland Port Macquarie in the South Pacific.

The island stretches 6.2 miles (10km) long and between 0.2 and 1.2 miles (0.3 and 2.0km) wide. Most noteworthy are the summits of Mount Lidgbird (2,549ft/777m) and Mount Gower (2,871ft/875m). They tower over the south end of the island. Furthermore, Ball’s Pyramid (1,844ft/562m) is located 12 miles (20km) to the southeast. It is the tallest sea stack in the world.

Along the west coast lies a sandy, semi-enclosed, coral reef lagoon. Birds, marine life and beautiful landscapes abound here. Therefore, popular tourist activities include scuba diving, birdwatching, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, and fishing. The island is small, though, so to relieve pressure only 400 tourists are permitted at any one time.

Visitors reach the area by plane from Sydney Airport or Brisbane Airport. The Permanent Park Preserve here has similar management guidelines to a national park.

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