This is a very different holiday especially for older visitors. Good place for the young and fit but they probably can’t afford it. Accommodation is ok but basic, spacious clean roomy but no air conditioning and a bit tatty. The biggest problem is the location. Bicycles are the main form of transport or walk. It is on the top of a steep hill about 1.5 km from the shops. Even the school kids had to get off and push their bikes up, so quite a problem for 70 year olds. Roads are also narrow and lumpy. Getting around is very difficult especially when we were unlucky that it rained four out of the six days. No wonder it’s green and lush. Virtually no internet or mobile phones and basic tv stops when it rains! You can get a lift to restaurants and they will bring you back although the bowling club forgot us and went home! The chef had to give us a lift after cleaning the kitchen. Only a small number of restaurants were open and most were only two nights a week due to Covid. Bowling club had the best food. You have to book usually using a public phone. The natural features are amazing but not in the rain or when it’s difficult to get there. They really need to provide more for older visitors. Understandably everything costs double the mainland price. Must admit this holiday was disappointing. A big thank you to the manager Paul who did a great job. Also the beachcomber restaurant was closed down.…
The bed was comfortable and the room had all the basics that we needed. Paul provided a great service including a trip to Joys shop when we couldn’t get a dinner booking. Be prepared to not have access to your room until later in the day. We arrived on LHI early so left our bags and went for a walk until the afternoon. This is typical on LHI. Note that this accomodation is on a higher part of the island. We planned our day to only return, and climb the hill, at the end of the day.
Our stay at the Beachcomber met exactly what we were looking for: tranquil, relaxing and just downright ‘let the hair down’ type of experience. The rooms were basic and met our needs and to be honest you really don’t need much more than that as Lord Howe Island is a place where you want to be out exploring and making the most of the day. Gary the host was great to meet and speak with and really just a down to earth and genuine guy. I felt like I could sit and listen to him for hours telling stories of his family’s history and stories from the island. Peter who is the on site staff was also great and picked us up from the airport and was able to take us to dinner as long as we provided him with enough notice. To set your expectations, I think the Beachcomber is called a lodge because it is exactly that, it’s not your typical hotel/resort style service, it’s more a place where you are provided the essentials and then you are left to enjoy the holiday as if it was your own place. Now don’t get me wrong when I say that as both Peter and Gary are a knock on the door away if you need anything. RECEPTION One thing to get used to is the service as wifi is available but VERY expensive. Approx. $10 for 100MB. However there is a pay phone booth just outside of the lodge on the road (was actually quite in awe when I saw it as if it was an antique novelty). Alternatively, Peter can easily check on reservations or any activity bookings for you if you give him notice. Also with Wifi I thought a pocket wifi may work but unfortunately it didn’t. It seems to be tied to Thornleigh Farm who must run the island’s Wifi satellite and the. You just purchase it from there. FOOD AND RESTAURANTS One thing to keep in mind is if you don’t have reservations at restaurants for dinner make sure you make them ahead of time. During our stay there were still some Covid restrictions but the options are limited depending on the day and when places are open etc. Otherwise there is a small self-contained kitchen but just make sure you get to Joys Shop before it closes at 6:30, this is the one on Middle Beach Road before the massive hill. There’s another one down the road from Beachcomber called Thompson’s I believe but their selection isn’t as big and generally shuts quite early. Beachcomber also has an outdoor BBQ that looks like a great spot if it was a small group of you or even a couple. We just ended up going to the Anchorage, Golfy and the Bowlo which were all great. Izak is the chef at the Bowlo and the food was great and very fresh! I highly recommend the kingfish raw or cooked (grilled or fried) as it is some of the freshest I have had. Side note, Izak is also a phenomenal photographer and a lot of the photos you see around the island are likely to be his photos. Truly spectacular! We went to his gallery which is actually just a short walk down the hill but hey mentioned he would need to be moving it fairly soon as his rent was up there. In any event his insta handle is @Izakb4 🤙🏻. Enjoy Lord Howe Island and the Beachcomber if you end up coming and staying here, you won’t regret it and will be wanting to book your next trip as soon as you step foot off the plane and see the beauty the island has to offer across the sealife, seascapes and more importantly the locals that allow us ‘blow-ins’ to experience their island lifestyle with them!…
Self contained studio apartment with full kitchenette. Recently renovated bathroom. Lovely gardens and outdoor sitting areas to watch the birds. Pleasant bike ride from town, hill elevation. On site pizzas were delicious. Helpful staff.
Our family appreciated the clean and comfortable self contained family cottage at the rear of the property. Very comfortable beds, but no choice of bedding, only doonas provided which were too hot. Adequate appliances, crockery and cookware in the kitchenette, but no luxury extras such as a vegetable peeler or grater so don't expect to cook gourmet dinners! Minimal staff were very friendly and frequently serviced the bathroom, though didn't clean or sweep the floor during our 11 night stay so the cottage became pretty grubby. Homemade cookies and Easter buns were a lovely touch, and the Restaurant was fantastic. Very handy to have laundry facilities. No views, but private. Extremely pricey for the level of comfort provided.
Spent 8 glorious nights at Beachcomber Lodge. Our host and chauffeur Gary, took great care of us and nothing was a problem. All Beachcomber’s staff are extremely friendly and accommodating – namely Denise, Bex and Sujin (and sorry I’ve forgotten the other lady’s name). Our one bedroom apartment was spotlessly clean and comfortable with a great outside veranda which was ideal for an afternoon drink before heading off to dinner. The gardens are so lush and gorgeous, teeming with birdlife and the most beautiful flowers, trees and plants with many varieties of hibiscus as well as gingers, bromeliads and palms. The restaurant here at Beachcomber is top notch – make sure you experience the a la carte, the young chef here is turning out incredible food. And if you're dining elsewhere, your transport to other restaurants leaves at approx. 6:15 each night. Don’t pack a book as there’s a well-stocked library and beach towels are also provided. There is a guest laundry – and the view of the night sky is awesome from the clothesline out the back! We had such a fabulous holiday on Lord Howe, we cannot wait to return. Thank you Payten family and staff for making our holiday an absolutely perfect one!…
We recently spent 5 days at Beachcomber Lodge with friends, but wished we could have stayed longer as there is simply so much to do on Lord Howe Island. On arrival we were picked up at the airport and given a quick tour of the island which was really helpful. Our room at the lodge was very comfortable and had a small kitchenette which was great. Once you've hired your bikes it's just a short bike ride from the lodge to Ned's Beach, the Lagoon and other places of interest. At night the wonderful team at Beachcomber will drive you to your dinner destination with the restaurants dropping you home. If I'm lucky enough to come back to Lord Howe Island I would be happy to stay at the Beachcomber Lodge again.
Lovely place to stay, clean, comfortable and the hosts, staff were very friendly and helpful. We had 9 nights self catered some nights, used Beachcombers great bbq area cooking some great steak from Top Shop. We also ate at the Museum Cafe and the The Anchorage both were exceptional, Anchorages muffins are amazing. We hired a car for a few days, then we walked Beachcomber is up hill but not a hard climb. The swimming snorkelling were wonderful, pristine clear water, we did a Boat trip to Balls Pyramid with Greenback and a snorkelling trip with Turtle Tours awesome! Only downside was that my husband wanted to do a Fishing Trip and this didn’t happen due to the weather and to the fact that we should have probably booked long before arriving on Lord Howe, a tip for next time.
From the moment we arrived on Lord Howe Island we were warmly greeted by Bet, who drove us to Beachcomber showing us different beaches to swim or snorkel and pointing out places of interest and gave us lots of great and useful information. The location is great. Rooms very clean and daily fresh homemade biscuits such a treat. The atmosphere of Beachcombers is friendly and relaxed and their fish fry a highlight of our dinners on LHI. We will be back see you in 2020 😎
With my family we practically filled the beachcomber lodge. Gary is a great person, they were beautiful days and the staff treated us very well. we brought a little Italian color to a fantastic island inhabited by fantastic people. sorry for my bad english Piero e Grazia