Lord Howe Island enjoyed a starring role in the Weekend Australian glossy magazine this month as part of an annual tourism special edition. The cover image featuresthe sublime horizon pool at Capella with its postcard views to the turquoise lagoon and Mts Gower and Lidgbird.
Weekend Australian Magazine
With words by Graham Lloyd and great images by Vanessa Hunter, the Lord Howe story begins,
‘From the sundeck plunge pool at Lord Howe Island’s Capella Lodge the clouds hug the towering cliffs of Mt Gower, soaring from a cobalt blue sea in a vision that is more Hawaii than Pacific island NSW. It is the ideal place to contemplate the fortunes of island guide Jack Shick and his great-grand father Nathan Thompson, who was blessed with the sort of seafaring luck so impossibly good it is difficult to believe. En route to Lord Howe in 1853, Nathan’s ship chanced upon a canoe containing five Micronesian beauties, one a princess, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Naturally, one became his wife…’
Read the rest of this great island tale at http://lordhowe.com/press/AustralianMagazineMarch20117517.pdf
Lord Howe's gentle season
The Gods have been kind to all this winter on Lord Howe. For the last few weeks we have had no wind, mild days and nights just cool enough to enjoy sitting around the fire with a glass of red wine! There’s plenty to do by day: Capella guests, Denis and Kate from Ireland went for a SCUBA dive in the lagoon yesterday with the local Pro Dive proprietor, Taz. With water temperatures at 20 degrees centigrade they didn’t even find the water cold… maybe it’s because they’re from Ireland?! Today they are climbing Mt Gower with local Jack Shick. It’ll be straight into the plunge pool with an ale followed by the hot tub when they get back later this afternoon.
Mark and I have been taking our guests to see the Providence Petrels land around the base of Mt Lidgbird. They are a spectacular sight as they come in from fishing in the open ocean in their thousands to nest on and around the island’s twin mountain peaks. So , it’s all happening at Capella Lodge and Lord Howe Island. We also welcomed the crew from Harpers Bazaar this month for a shoot. Look out in the October edition for a Lord Howe Island exposé…!
A challenge on the Lord Howe Golf Course
A view to the water trap!
Originally developed from a market garden in 1979, the Lord Howe Island golf course has been developed and expanded into one of the most picturesque courses in Australia.
It’s a short walk ‘along the way’ for our guests at Capella.
From beneath the shadows of Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird, the course meanders through the lushly vegetated kentia palm forest out onto gently undulating fairways along the ocean foreshore, and provides golfers with many a challenge. The 8th hole is particularly challenging with a big water trap (the ocean) situated on the western side. Another danger to golfers is the little cocker spaniel who lives next to the 9th tee – he steals golf balls and the greens keepers’ tools!
An average of 3 hours (18 holes) allows ample time to complete the course. All Island guests are welcome to play golf at any time.
A good old fashioned honesty system, rarely seen elsewhere today is used to pay for green fees and club hire. Balls are available from the lolly-pop machine for $1.00 per ball. Both left and right handed clubs are available for hire. There is no booking or waiting for a tee off time here.
Club day for members is every Sunday played over 18 holes with Island guests most welcome to participate. The Chicken Run is held on Friday afternoon, it is played over 9 or 12 holes for stable-ford points with the outright winner taking home a ‘chook.’ Several of our staff members are club members and enjoy the occasional ‘bash.’