Lord Howe Island






Lord Howe – Lord Howe



Lord Howe Island is breathtakingly beautiful and one of the worlds most fascinating natural history destinations. Join Ian Hutton – Lord Howe Island’s resident expert – as he shows you this nature lovers paradise.

Lord Howe Island is situated approximately 700 km north east of Sydney in the South Pacific Ocean. The island was inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1982. The listing was for its outstanding natural universal values.

Lord Howe Island’s magnificent landscape is dominated by twin peaks Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird, both of which tower above the central lowlands and the surrounding sea.

There are over 240 species of native plants recorded on Lord Howe with over 100 of these being endemic. Species flowering at this time will be the Pumpkin Tree, Fitzgeraldii Tree, which takes on a giant form on the island and the Mountain Daisy.

Lord Howe Island also has an extensive number of seabird species with many of their colonies numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Visiting these colonies will be one of the many highlights of this tour. We expect to see Providence, Kermadec and Black winged Petrel as well as extensive breeding colonies of the Flesh-footed and Wedge tailed Shearwaters, Masked Booby, Black Noddy, Sooty Tern and there will be many Red-tailed Tropic birds breeding on the cliff faces. The island forests are also home to 18 species of landbirds of which the rarest is the endangered Woodhen.

The seas around the island offer a great mix of tropical and temperate marine life. We will spend time exploring these wonders with reef walks, beachcombing, snorkelling and a glass bottom boat cruise.
Each day we will visit different parts of the island learning about its history, flora, fauna, marine life and geology. The walks range from easy to strenuous (Mt Gower is optional).

There is ample time and flexibility in the itinerary for individual and group interests to be enjoyed. Evening talks and slide shows will be available to add to your island experience. Reference books on the history and natural history (mostly written By Ian Hutton) will be available during the tour.

Day                      Activity

1                           Arrive Lord Howe Island

Upon arrival at Lord Howe Island, we’ll transfer to Somerset and check in to our accommodation. This afternoon we’ll spend time walking around the settlement, learning about the local history.

Accom: Somerset          D

2                           Lord Howe Island

This morning we set out on a morning walk to Malabar Hill (210m) for spectacular views, plant life and nesting sea birds. We’ll spend the afternoon reef walking at Neds Beach. We’ll learn about the interesting geology, fossils and marine life while exploring the rock platforms at low tide. Black-winged Petrels will have recently returned to the island. A highlight is watching their courting displays, as they circle around the rock faces.

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3                           Lord Howe Island

Today we’ll take a morning walk to Transit Hill for panoramic views of the island and an introduction to the bird and plant life. After lunch we will take a two hour glass-bottom boat cruise, for a close up look at the hard and soft coral, as well as the exquisite marine life. Masks, snorkels and flippers will be supplied free of charge for those who want to get an even closer look.

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4                           Lord Howe Island

A visit to Balls Pyramid a spectacular volcanic spire rising 557m above the ocean is today’s goal. This is a haven for sea birds and is the only breeding location in Australia for the Kermadec Petrel. On our return, our boat will circumnavigate Lord Howe Island, calling in to the Admiralty Islands and many small bays. This evening we will have dinner at Neds Beach where we will witness Shearwaters rafting up off shore before heading to the island where they nest overnight.

Accom: Somerset          D

5                           Lord Howe Island

Today we undertake a full day walk to Boat Harbour, visiting the Masked Booby colony at Mutton Bird Point. We’ll have lunch at sheltered Boat Harbour, where we’ll have a chance for a swim or some beach combing. We’ll return to Somerset via Smoking Tree Ridge.

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6                           Lord Howe Island

This morning we’ll enjoy a boat trip to North Bay, where we will spend the day. The area offers plenty to do including swimming, snorkeling and beach combing. We will take a walk to Mt Eliza to see Sooty Terns, Red-tailed Tropicbirds and Black Noddys nesting. Our boat will return us to the settlement at the end of a great day.

Accom: Somerset          D

7                           Lord Howe Island

Today we’ll have the option to take an all day walk to the top of Mount Gower. This is a strenuous climb (875 m), but we will take it in easy stages. The ever-changing scenery and vegetation, culminating in the unique mist forest on the summit, makes the effort worthwhile. Those not wanting to do the walk will have the opportunity to explore other parts of the island.

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8                           Depart Lord Howe Island

Before departing the island, we’ll spend time looking at the lowland forest at Stevens Reserve and visit the palm nursery and visitor’s centre. We’ll be transferred to airport to depart Lord Howe Island this afternoon.

NB: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.

2nd – 9th November 2019


Twin share accommodation at the Somerset Resort (centrally located on the lowlands just a short walk from Neds Beach and the village area. The resort units are spacious with individual balconies and bedrooms separate from the living area.

Evening meals will be a mixture of eating at the islands restaurants and beach BBQ’s. Breakfasts and lunches are not included.

Boat Trips
Glass Bottom boat trip, North Island Trip, Balls Pyramid and around the island cruise.

“It has been a little while since we returned from Lord Howe Island, but I wanted to send you a short message about the trip. I went to Christmas Island with you last year and thoroughly enjoyed things. However, this year was even better. It is a magnificent location and the way it seems to be looked after by the residents is terrific. I don’t think we could have had a better guide than Ian Hutton and we learned so much about the plants and birds. Thanks once again for a wonderful experience.”
Nigel and Anne Harland

I just wanted to give you some feedback re my Coates tour of Lord Howe Island.

It was a wonderful week with a great group of like minded people. Ian was so knowledgeable with the marine life…history of the island…flora….fauna etc etc….there was nothing he didn’t know. Oh to have a memory like that!!!! His lectures were well articulated and informative. A really lovely guy who took his time to show us so much, and to explain anything that was asked of him.

Wayne was also a great guide and included everyone alike and was so happy to share the knowledge he had….especially that of the birds. Wayne included Pat, Carol and myself in very early morning bird watching walks before breakfast. Actually, he asked everyone if they wished to come but we were the three early birds that took up his offer. He was keen to show us many of the Island’s birds, magnified through his scope…..brilliant. He was a fantastic guide and a lovely person with all the group.

There certainly weren’t any complaints about the food either. Anchorage, The Museum and the Bowls Club all provided excellent meals….we were so well looked after with good service and very friendly staff.

Ian and Wayne worked around the itinerary to suit the weather and the guests. I was so grateful they changed trip to North Bay to the Thursday which then enabled me to go on the fishing trip that I had prebooked with Jack Shick on the Friday. It was a great way to finish my time on LHI, as I caught a huge 13kg King fish. What a battle bringing it in!!!!!!!!!!!

Please pass on my huge thanks to Ian and Wayne.

Thank you also for the efficient way you organised the tour.
Laurelle Draper

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