Visiting Vessels

All private and commercial vessels are required to apply to the Lord Howe Island Board for entry to Lord Howe Island.

Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage listed location. Over 75% of the island is designated as a permanent park preserve, surrounded by the Lord Howe Island Marine Park which includes the world’s southernmost coral reef.

Effective environmental protection assists with achieving Lord Howe Island’s overarching environmental vision of protecting the island’s world heritage values, biodiversity and threatened species.

On-island environmental goals and undertakings are underpinned by the Lord Howe Island Biodiversity Management Plan and supported by legislation including the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015, Lord Howe Island Regulation 2014 and the Lord Howe Island Act 1984.

Entry Application Form PDF 295 KB

Information for Visiting Vessels PDF 888 KB

Lord Howe Island Marine Park Visitors Guide PDF 3 MB


After lodging your Entry Application Form, your vessel will be assigned a suitable mooring based on the vessels draft, length-over-all and tonnage. A conditional approval subject to the completion of all required biosecurity actions will be issued to you. This approval is to be presented to the Port Operations Manager on arrival to the Island.

The LHIB maintains 16 Public Temporary Moorings in the Lord Howe Island lagoon. There are 2 types of mooring systems on the Island - Mark 1 Danforth Anchors and Mark 2 Danforth Anchors.

LHIB Mooring Specifications PDF 36 KB


All vessels must complete specific biosecurity actions, and meet specific biosecurity requirements. It is recommended that the Master of each vessel is familiar with these requirements prior to lodging an entry application form (see above) as the biosecurity actions must be completed prior to departure.

LHI Guidelines - Lord Howe Island Biosecurity - Visiting Vessels PDF 456 KB

These measures are in place to help protect the world heritage values of Lord Howe Island. All mooring approvals are conditional and subject to the vessel meeting the biosecurity requirements. Failure to complete or provide evidence of having completed the required actions may result in refusal to enter the Lord Howe Island lagoon and/or refusal to attach to a mooring.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, all international aircraft, vessels and goods become subject to biosecurity control when they enter Australia. Under biosecurity control you can only enter Australia at ports that are first points of entry (FPOE).

Lord Howe Island is not a First Point of Entry.

Aircraft and vessels visiting Lord Howe Island from international departure points (including Norfolk Island) require approval from the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment for entry to Australia at a Non-First Point of Entry (under the Biosecurity Act 2015).

It is also a requirement that Border Force processes are followed for international arrivals:

Proof of FPOE and Border Force approvals for international arrivals must be provided to the Lord Howe Island Board before approval will be granted for entry to Lord Howe Island.

For further information regarding Border Force requirements please contact:

Rachael McFadyen, Australian Border Force Officer. Phone: 02 6563 2481

Lord Howe Island Port Operations Manager

Masters of vessels are also advised to contact the Lord Howe Island Port Operations Manager (NSW Police) prior to departure for the Island:

C/- NSW Police Lord Howe Island

TC Douglass Drive, Lord Howe Island NSW 2898

Phone: +61 2 65632199

Fax: +61 2 65632131