Lord Howe Island

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Lord Howe – Lord Howe

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TBA

Overview

Next Tour: TBA 2022

Your guide Ian Hutton, is Lord Howe Island’s resident expert, is a biologist, naturalist and photographer. He will show you in seven days what would take you weeks to discover on your own.

Lord Howe Island lies approximately 700 km northeast of Sydney in the South Pacific Ocean. The island was inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1982 for its natural heritage of universal value. 

The beautiful landscape is dominated by the twin peaks of Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird, both of which tower above the central lowlands and the surrounding sea. 

This small and pristine island boasts tall rainforests, thronging seabird colonies and coral reefs with abundant marine life. Only 400 visitors are allowed on the island at any one time, so humans have had a minimal impact here. Each day Ian will take you to different parts of the island, as you learn about its history, flora, fauna, marine life and geology. He will also take you on leisurely walks to explore the mainland’s many natural wonders. 

The seas around the island offer a fabulous mix of tropical and temperate marine life. You will be reef walking, beach-combing, snorkelling and cruising in a glass-bottom boat. 

There will be ample time and flexibility for individual and group interests to be enjoyed. Evening talks and slide shows will add to your experience, and reference books on the history and natural history of the island (mostly written by Ian Hutton) will be available for your use during the tour. 

Join Ian to discover this natural paradise for yourself.

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Extended Trip Details

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Lord Howe IslandUpon 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
Day 2 Lord Howe IslandThis 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. Accom: Somerset D
Day 3Lord Howe IslandToday 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. Accom: Somerset D
Day 4 Lord Howe IslandToday we will enjoy a boat cruise around the island. This is the perfect way to grasp its size and diversity and to experience the island from new angles. We will call into the Admiralty Islands and many of the islands small bays, and enjoy the birdlife and more. 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
Day 5Lord Howe IslandToday 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. Accom: Somerset D
Day 6 Lord Howe IslandThis morning we’ll enjoy a boat trip to North Bay, where we will spend the day. The area offers plenty to do including swimming, snorkelling 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
Day 7 Lord Howe IslandToday you’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. Accom: Somerset D
Day 8 Depart Lord Howe IslandBefore 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.
NOTE: the above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.

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Inclusions

  • Naturalist leader
  • Transfers to and from the Lord Howe Island airport to Somerset Apartments
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Twin share accommodation with private facilities
  • All national park entrance fees
  • Boat cruises as per the itinerary

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