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7 Day Lord Howe Island Hiking Tour in Australia
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Arajilla Retreat, Old Settlement Beach, Lagoon Road, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales 2898, Australia

Adventure Tour Australia

Auswalk Walking Holidays is inviting you on a unique walking tour of the Lord Howe Island. Swaying palm trees, breathtaking coastal scenery, a crystal-clear lagoon, and the southern-most coral reef in the world all bless this World Heritage Site. As well as hiking, you will spend time on a boat trip snorkeling on reefs, lazing, and BBQ-ing on the beach, and sipping champagne at sunset.

Key information

  • With a guide
  • Starts in: Lord Howe Island
  • Ends in: Lord Howe Island

Highlights

  • Exploration of Lord Howe Island
  • Have a reef walk at picturesque Ned’s Beach
  • Hiking in an excellent network of walking trails
  • Professional and experienced guides
  • 3 chef-prepared meals daily
  • 6 nights accommodations

7 activity days
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be provided six nights of accommodation. For six nights, you will enjoy all the comforts of the five-star luxurious Arajilla Retreat while taking in the island life. This accommodation is very special and a wonderful platform for you each day to set out from to explore the island.

Program

Most walks are easy to moderate, although track surfaces can be rough and uneven. The two most challenging walks are Goat House Cave and Mt. Gower which will suit those who like to challenge themselves a little. Although almost everyone always gets up Mt. Lidgbird to Goats, an alternative walk is offered on both those days.

The walk starts at the Lord Howe Island Airport (LDH) where you will be picked up and driven to your accommodation.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Lord Howe Island

You will arrive on Lord Howe Island mid-afternoon via a direct flight from Sydney, or in some cases from Brisbane. After settling in, you will set off on your orientation walk. The first of the Lord Island walks passes through the settlement area. Here, walkers can witness the enormous kingfish that have come close to shore at Ned’s Beach.

  • Walks: Easy / 4 kilometers / 1.5 hours
  • Meals: Dinner will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat
  • Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in en-suite private rooms

Day 2: Lord Howe Island

You will have a morning walk to Transit Hill’s lookout tower provides panoramic views of the lagoon and ocean. At Blinky Beach, learn about the Kentia palm, a distinctive feature of the island, occurring naturally here and nowhere else in the world. In the afternoon, you will have a reef walk at picturesque Ned’s Beach is a showcase of diverse marine life and vibrantly-colored corals.

  • Walking: Easy / 9 kilometers / 5 hours
  • Meals: All meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat, including a cooked breakfast and an amazing two course dinner in the retreat restaurant. Lunch is a very substantial walkers lunch.
  • Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in en-suite private rooms

Day 3: Lord Howe Island

Exploring the Lord Howe Island walks at the southern end of the island, you will tackle a full day circuit walk. Among the many superb bird watching vantage points, Mutton Bird Point is most impressive. This seabird haven is home to a large colony of masked boobies which can be seen plunging into the ocean to feed on fish and squid.

Onwards, through stands of unusual prop-rooted Pandanus trees, Boat Harbour’s secluded coral beach makes for a delightful spot for lunch. The first major climb of the trip ascends 400 meters up the flanks of Mt. Lidgbird to Goat House Cave (an easier alternative is available).

The last section requires some careful footwork, but fortunately, there are fixed ropes to hold on to. Goat House Cave offers remarkable views, a close up look at the aerial acrobatics of the nesting red-tailed tropic birds, and is an excellent test-run for Mt Gower.

  • Walking: Moderate / 12 kilometers / 6 hours (easier option available)
  • Meals: All meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat, including a cooked breakfast and an amazing two-course dinner in the retreat restaurant. Lunch is a very substantial walkers lunch.
  • Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in private rooms with en-suites

Day 4: Lord Howe Island

You will have another full day on the Lord Howe Island walks, this time in the northern hills of the island, a favorite route among visitors and residents alike. Mt. Eliza provides expansive views overlooking the Admiralty Island group, while Malabar Ridge’s vantage points make it easy to linger a while longer.

North Beach is the quintessential tropical paradise with palm trees, pristine sandy beach, and excellent snorkeling just meters from shore. The delightfully secluded Herring Pools are a microcosm of life, where the relentless ocean has scoured out circular ponds into the rock platforms. Taking a coral viewing boat back, there will be an opportunity to snorkel en-route.

  • Walking: Easy to moderate / 6 to 9 kilometers / 4 to 5 hours
  • Meals: All meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat, including a cooked breakfast and an amazing two course dinner in the retreat restaurant. Lunch is a very substantial walkers lunch.
  • Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in private rooms with ensuites

Day 5: Lord Howe Island

On this day, you will walk Malabar Hill across the ridge to take in various lookouts. This is a spectacular walk with incredible views back across the island and out to sea as you walk. In the afternoon, you will have free time. Various activities are available including snorkeling, deep sea fishing, golfing, biking, tennis, swimming, and relaxing on the beach.

Or there is the option to join the guides for another half-day walk. You will have a visit to the local museum provides a treasure chest of natural history and is a great place to learn more about this unique place.

  • Walking: Easy to moderate / 9 kilometers / 4 hours
  • Meals: All meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat, including a cooked breakfast and an amazing two course dinner in the retreat restaurant. Lunch is a very substantial walkers lunch.
  • Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in private rooms with ensuites

Day 6: Lord Howe Island

For those up for the challenge, join a local guide to scale Mount Gower, the highest mountain on Lord Howe Island at 875 meters above sea level. Much of the terrain is rugged and the climb is demanding, but for many this is the highlight of their visit. A trip to Little Island offers a less-strenuous alternative, and is home to one of the rarest birds in the world, the wood hen.

  • Walking: Challenging / 9 kilometers / 9 hours / easier option available
  • Meals: All meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat, including a cooked breakfast and an amazing two course dinner in the retreat restaurant. Lunch is a very substantial walkers lunch.
  • Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in en-suite private rooms

Day 7: Lord Howe Island

Before leaving this paradise behind, a final walk can take you to the Valley of the Shadows and the Clear Place. Leaving the island, return flights bound for Sydney or Brisbane depart before lunch.

  • Walking: Easy / 5 kilometers / 1.5 hours
  • Meals: A cooked breakfast prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat

Location

This tour will be held in Lord Howe Island in Australia, covering places including Ned’s Beach, Transit Hill, Blinky Beach, Mt. Eliza, North Beach, Malabar Hill, Mount Gower, and Valley of the Shadows.

Lord Howe Island

The island’s isolation in the Pacific Ocean makes it home to 64 species of unique rainforest plants, teeming seabird colonies and one of the rarest birds in the world.

Yet it remains only a couple of hours flight from either Sydney or Brisbane. Travel on this island is done primarily by foot on an excellent network of walking trails that criss-cross the island’s volcanic landscape. The spectacular Lidgbird and Gower Mountains project above the surface of the ocean and lead to stunning views from every vantage point.

Food

The cost includes three chef-prepared meals daily, including cooked breakfasts and two course dinners. You will stay and dine at the amazing Arajilla Retreat ensuring that you will be wowed on and off the track.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Genuine all-inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 2 professional and experienced guides
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Boat trip in lagoon including snorkeling and feeding fish on the reef
  • 3 meals daily
  • Daily cocktails with canapés
  • All transport on the island
  • National park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag, and container

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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