Ball's Pyramid, Lord Howe Island

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Ball's Pyramid is an erosional remnant of a shield volcano and caldera lying 20 kilometres (12 mi) southeast of Lord Howe Island in the Pacific Ocean. It is 562 metres (1,844 ft) high, while measuring only 1,100 metres (3,609 ft) in length and 300 metres (984 ft) across, making it the tallest volcanic stack in the world. Ball's Pyramid is part of the Lord Howe Island Marine Park in Australia and is over 643 kilometres (400 mi) northeast of Sydney, New South Wales.

Steep, eroded, and formed 6.4 million years ago, Ball's Pyramid is positioned in the centre of a submarine shelf and is surrounded by rough seas, making any approach difficult.
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  • Visible from the many hill top vantage points, at 23km from the main island, can only get up close by snorkel or dive boat tour or small plane sightseeing. Worth doing one of these. Is a stunning.....  more »
  • It was fascinating seeing Lord Howe Island from the sea-ward side – it does look quite different. Ball’s Pyramid is 23 km away so it involves 25-30min of full-on seasickness-inducing speedboating...  more »
  • A pointy pointy. Anointy nointy.
  • Good clean fun.

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