Lord Howe Island – Profile
Lord Howe is no longer a customs port of entry. Yacht wishing to visit must first clear into Australia. Prior to departure for Lord Howe, yachts are advised to contact Lord Howe Island Board, www.lhib.nsw.gov.au, +61 (0) 2 6563 2266.
Lord Howe Maritime monitors VHF Channel 12 & 16 and is run by Clive and Craig Wilson. Craig and his wife Karen can be found at Wilson's Hire Service, firstname.lastname@example.org, (02) 6563 2045 on Lagoon Rd just past the Hall. They rent excellent mountain bikes for $8 per day. The island policeman also monitors VHF 12 & 16 during office hours.
This group of islands, of which Lord Howe is the largest, is a World Heritage Site. It lies approximately 400 miles NE of Sydney.
Call the Harbour Master/Policeman on VHF Channel 12 for directions for entering the lagoon. All vessels are required to use one of the 20 mooring buoy provided. Anchoring here is not permitted, nor is entry by night. If draft or weather conditions do not allow entry to the lagoon, then advice, via VHF radio will be given to pilot the boat to an alternative anchorage.
Five mooring buoys have a minimum draft of greater than 2.3 meters and 15 have depths of less than 2.29 meters. The moorings are .5 to .75 of a mile from the shore, a journey best undertaken in a substantial dinghy.
Port and landing fees are payable at Lord Howe Island Board office on Bowker Ave., a ten minute walk from the wharf. Mooring fees are $40 per day, two days minimum, and landing fees are $39.00 per person. There is an additional one-time $30 administration fee per vessel.
No refuse or liquid waste of any type can be discharged into the lagoon. Without a holding tank, the heads cannot be used. Much of the waters surrounding Lord Howe are a NSW Marine Park with certain fishing restrictions. A brochure is available from the Island Board mapping the fishing/no fishing areas.
There is water, toilets, showers and a washing machine in the building on the jetty. Gold coin donation appreciated. If locked, the key is available for a deposit from the LHIB office.