<p>A scene from the Jurassic age? No, just a typically primeval slice of Lord Howe Island, a little known gem off the east coast of Australia. Islanders preserve their unique bird and plant species with a visitor limit of 400 people at a time.</p><p>This is one of the sites featured in the special issue of <em>National Geographic Traveler</em>, "50 Places of a Lifetime: The World's Greatest Destinations, Part II," October 2009.</p><p>Set off on an extraordinary journey inspired by <em>Traveler</em>'s "50 Places of a Lifetime." National Geographic Expeditions offers a trip to explore some of the world's greatest treasures—from the wildlife of the Serengeti to the enigmatic statues of Easter Island.</p>

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A scene from the Jurassic age? No, just a typically primeval slice of Lord Howe Island, a little known gem off the east coast of Australia. Islanders preserve their unique bird and plant species with a visitor limit of 400 people at a time.

This is one of the sites featured in the special issue of National Geographic Traveler, "50 Places of a Lifetime: The World's Greatest Destinations, Part II," October 2009.

Set off on an extraordinary journey inspired by Traveler's "50 Places of a Lifetime." National Geographic Expeditions offers a trip to explore some of the world's greatest treasures—from the wildlife of the Serengeti to the enigmatic statues of Easter Island.

Photograph by Tom Till, Getty Images

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