Which NSW destination has taken out Lonely Planet’s Top 5 spot for travel in 2020?

Play, Sydney, Travel / 28 October 2019

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island has just been named Lonely Planet’s fifth-best region to visit next year, and here’s why you need to book a trip.

Just a 2-hour flight from Sydney, you’ll find a tiny oasis of calm. It’s a destination that’s no stranger to good press. In fact, the island has proved so special it has earned itself a spot in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list. And if Lord Howe Island wasn’t attractive enough, the team at global travel authority Lonely Planet have given the island another glowing tick of approval.

In news just announced, Lord Howe Island has been ranked as the world’s fifth-best spot to travel to in 2020. In fact, this is the only Australian location featured in the¬†Best in Travel lists from Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Regions, Countries and Cities to visit in 2020. And it’s not hard to see why the world is falling in love with this remote island. A hot spot for luxury seekers and nature lovers alike, Lord Howe Island is also setting the benchmark in sustainable tourism through its commitment to accommodating only 400 visitors at any one time. Plus, guests are encouraged to learn more about the local environment by participating in a range of ecological projects during their stay.

Thinking about booking a getaway to this pristine paradise? Here’s what you need to add to your list for your next holiday to Lord Howe Island.

Lord Howe Island Lonely Planet 2020
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Tackle one of the world’s best climbs

Ready to break a sweat? Look no further than this epic hike. But be warned, this one isn’t for the faint-hearted. Strap on your walking shoes and head out for a one-day hike to Mt Gower (875m), a guided eight-hour return trip up what is considered to be one of the world’s best climbs. Although the route is classified as a class 5 walk (read: very challenging), it’s undeniably worth the effort. Encounter some of the rare flora and fauna that call the island home with epic views once you reach the top.

Lord Howe Island Lonely Planet 2020
Image: Zach Sanders

Take a dip among coral, turtles and fish

A trip to this island wouldn’t be complete with exploring the oceans that surround it. Dive into the world’s southernmost reef, complete with over 90 coral species, green and hawksbill turtles plus over 500 species of fish. The best way to explore this underwater playground? By snorkeling or scuba diving, of course! Explore the island’s 60 dive sites with plenty of spots perfect for all skill levels. You can also take a trip on one of the island’s glass-bottom boat tours for another way to see below the surface.

Lord Howe Island Lonely Planet 2020

Enjoy your own private rainforest

Ever wished you could escape to the jungle? Well at this next accommodation spot you can do just that. Meet Arajilla Retreat, Lord Howe Island’s most luxurious five-star accommodation. From lagoons to canopies of Kentia Palms and Bayan Trees, this is the perfect spot to indulge and unwind. Want to experience the best of this spot? Book into their Arajilla Suite and score your own private deck to soak in the stunning rainforest surrounds.

Get sizzling with an island-style BBQ

Dining alfresco is almost a given during the warmer months. And with a backdrop as beautiful as this, why wouldn’t you want to head outdoors for every meal? Luckily, Lord Howe Island boasts 11 spectacular beaches made for barbequing. Nab yourself some locally sourced seafood and cook yourself a dinner to remember in this picturesque location.

Not quite ready to book a getaway? Never fear. Here’s our guide to Sydney’s Best Waterside Restaurant to get you in the holiday mood.