Article by Nicole Beavis – Senior Travel Advisor
Helloworld Travel Belmont

We love holidays and we know you do too! We’re delighted to have Nicole from Helloworld Travel Belmont, writing in our travel section of the Braeside Wealth Newsletter. The articles are always full of amazing destinations to get you inspired for your next trip. If you need some ideas or advice, why not give her a call today.


Australia boasts many unique destinations, I’d like to take you to idyllic Lord Howe Island & historic Norfolk Island. World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island sits under the governance of New South Wales & Norfolk as an Australian external territory.

I have had the pleasure of visiting Lord Howe Island, during the flight approach I thought I was about to land on an idyllic Caribbean island. The beauty was breathtaking. Lord Howe is an approximate two hour flight from Sydney, where on arrival you leave all of your worries behind. The main mode of transport is by foot or bicycle. The island has plenty of sandy beaches, subtropical rainforests & clear waters. Take a walk in the Valley of the shadows & see the groves of endemic kentia palm & banyan trees. Activities to enjoy include fishing, diving, snorkelling, bike riding, fish feeding at Ned’s Beach, surfing, hiking Mt Elizabeth & Mt Gower. Lord Howe is not just for the active, you can enjoy relaxing on the beach, a day at the spa or a gentle walk or two.

There are many accommodation options on the island, from self contained apartments to premium boutique retreats. Lord Howe offers the best of both home style and contemporary cuisine, from home-baked roast dinners and ‘fish fries’ to sophisticated menus featuring internationally inspired cuisine and the finest dining.

If you’re in a self-catering apartment, you can have fresh fish delivered to your door or you can pack a picnic and take advantage of one of the communal BBQs, set in some of the most scenic spots around the island. The Lord Howe Island Board ensures that cut firewood is neatly stacked at the BBQ, ready for use. Currently, the date set for Lord Howe Island to welcome visitors is 28 November 2020.

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island’s history dates back to the fourteenth century where it was inhabited by Polynesian seafarers, Captain Cook visited in 1774, with the island later being founded as a convict settlement in 1788. The island boasts decedents from The Bounty & has a rich history which is celebrated today.

Some fun facts on Norfolk – they have a phone book where people are listed by their nickname – everyone knows everyone, cows have the right of way, chickens out number people, with no harbour, goods are brought ashore on traditional long boats.

The best way to discover the many picturesque bays and sandy beaches is by car. Most
accommodation packages will include the use of a vehicle for the duration of your stay.
Accommodation ranges from self contained apartments to hotels.

There are many wonderful experiences to enjoy including – museums, progressive dinners, fish fry’s, garden tours, breakfast bush walks, mutineer tours, night as a convict or play a round of golf on the world heritage seaside course. Currently, entry to Norfolk Island is restricted & an entry pass is required prior to entry.

A big thanks to Nicole and the team at Helloworld Travel Belmont. If you would like further
information on any of the amazing Australian destinations listed in this article, please contact them by phone or email. (02) 4945 0044 – –

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