Lord Howe Island Marine Park

Double header wrasse (Coris bulbifrons) photo Justin Gilligan/MPALord Howe Island Marine Park (LHIMP) is internationally significant, with the world's southern-most true coral reef and the only fringing coral reef lagoon in NSW. The convergence of the warm and cool ocean currents create an extraordinary mix of colourful tropical and temperate marine life.

LHIMP (state and commonwealth waters) is the largest marine protected area off the NSW coast covering nearly 350,000 hectares of diverse marine habitats that are very distinctive compared to the NSW coast. The park is home to more than 500 species of fish, over 90 species of coral, turtles, sharks, dolphins and countless other marine creatures, many of which are only found in the immediate area. 

The marine park is of social, cultural and economic importance to the island and tourists from around the world visit the marine park to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, kayak, explore and holiday. Commercial activities include charter fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, eco-tours, sightseeing cruises and beach activities.

The zoning plan protects marine biodiversity and areas of ecological and cultural importance, as well as providing for ecologically sustainable use and public enjoyment of this World Heritage listed Marine Park.

Further information with regard to Lord Howe Island Marine Park can be obtained from:

Lord Howe Island Marine Park

Lagoon Road/PO Box 161, Lord Howe Island NSW 2898
Phone : +61 2 65632359
Fax: +61 2 65632367

Email: lord.howe@mpa.nsw.gov.au