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The catch phrase used by Lord Howe Island truly encapsulates what this island is – ‘Just paradise’!

Immerse yourself in the world heritage listed natural surroundings and unique flora, fauna and landscapes. The island is the tip of an extinct volcano, rising over 4km from the sea floor. It is home to the world’s most southern coral reef and is the only place in Australia where a huge diversity of fish, coral, algae and associated creatures can be seen just a few metres from the beach. Lord Howe Island is Australia’s premier bird-watching destination, with 14 species of seabirds breeding there in the hundreds of thousands. The island also boasts more than 130 permanent and migratory bird species, among them the Lord Howe Island Woodhen – a flightless endemic species saved from extinction by a local conservation effort. The island has recorded 241 species of indigenous plants, nearly half of which are found nowhere else in the world (one of the most famous being the Kentia Palm).

Lord Howe is home to 350 local residents, and a maximum of 400 guests at any one time. There are few cars, the kids go to school barefoot, the island’s supplies arrive by boat (weather depending!) and some modern technologies are still patchy. Lord Howe is truly island life at its best.

There is so much to see and do on this little island, that you just have to experience it for yourself. It is also the perfect place to do nothing at all, so we have designed your itinerary with ample opportunity for free time to just sit on the lagoon and watch island life go by, or go for a bushwalk, or just explore the island’s many eccentricities.

Read on for information about the activities we have planned at this amazing destination…

2 masked boobies on cliff with water behind and 2 rocky mountains in background

Masked Boobies with Mt Gower and Mt Lidgbird in the background (Image: Australian Geographic)

Day 1 – Monday – Canberra to Lord Howe – D

After a morning flight to Sydney, then on to Lord Howe, we will arrive at our self-contained apartment accommodation at approximately 3pm, with time to settle in and explore our surroundings. We will then make our way to the Lord Howe Island Museum for a talk by Ian Hutton a.k.a. ‘Mr Lord Howe’! Ian Hutton is an Australian botanist who has lived on Lord Howe for most of his adult life. He is involved in a lot of research projects and spends a lot of time taking photos that he uses in his weekly lectures and in the books that he publishes. He has been curator of the museum for over 20 years and has been involved in initiating a number of conservation projects on the island, including weed eradication, rodent eradication and studies of climate change. Dinner is at The Coral Café adjacent to the museum.

Stay at Blue Lagoon Lodge, 10 Neds Beach Rd, (02) 6563 2150

Day 2 – Tuesday – Lord Howe – B,D

This morning we head off on our private 2 ½ hour introductory ‘All Corners of the Island’ bus tour with your local guides Janine (not Mrs Gang!) and Phillip from Chase ‘n’ Thyme. They will tell you everything you need to know about every corner of the island, including the flora, fauna, history, and life on the island from the past to the present. They will include great photo stops, and info about the less obvious, such as pests and predators, island infrastructure and administration, air service and shipping, how schooling works, and what they do with their waste!

After lunch there is the opportunity for some free time to explore a little more yourself, or head down to the Bowling Club for some impromptu barefoot bowls lessons before dinner at The Bowlo.

Stay at Blue Lagoon Lodge, 10 Neds Beach Rd, (02) 6563 2150

Day 3 – Wednesday – Lord Howe – B,D

This morning we will enjoy our privately chartered North Bay Turtle and Nature Tour operated by Anthony from Marine Adventures which is owned and operated by 6th generation islanders. We will view the large variety of fish, turtles, stingrays and amazing corals on their glass-bottomed boat ‘Adventure One’ while listening to their knowledgeable commentary. We will also have the option of a bushwalk, swim or snorkel if we so choose.

We will have some free time after lunch before the historical movies at the local hall. These movies about the flying planes that once ferried people to and from the island are run every week by the local school children as a fundraiser. After the movies, we will have dinner at nearby Anchorage Restaurant.

Stay at Blue Lagoon Lodge, 10 Neds Beach Rd, (02) 6563 2150

Day 4 – Thursday – Lord Howe – B,D

This morning we will take the easy 3km, 3 hr Clear Place Walk with Chase ‘n’ Thyme to learn more about this fascinating island and enjoy more spectacular scenery. We will learn about the island’s birds and flora, fossils, the palm and tourist industry, bush tucker and bush medicine, plus snippets of colourful local history and more…

This afternoon we will head to the local Brewery and Kentia Palm Nursery for a 1 hr guided tour, with local produce, followed by dinner at the Coral Cafe.

Stay at Blue Lagoon Lodge, 10 Neds Beach Rd, (02) 6563 2150

semi underwater shot with silver fish below and beach above

The locals at Ned’s Beach

Day 5 – Friday – Lord Howe – B,L,D

This morning we visit the fabulous Ned’s Beach to get up close and personal with the local marine life (just the fish – nothing scary!). At Ned’s, you can stand knee-deep in the water and the fish come right up to you for their food, and the water is usually so clear, that you have a very good view of these gorgeous creatures. The snorkelling there is also amazing, and you can hire equipment there if you so wish. For lunch we will be spoiled with some gourmet picnic platters.

After some free time, it is off the Golf Club for dinner. The view from every hole on the golf course and from the clubhouse, has to be the most spectacular in Australia!

Stay at Blue Lagoon Lodge, 10 Neds Beach Rd, (02) 6563 2150

Day 6 – Saturday – Lord Howe – B,D

Today we head off on our privately chartered Around Island Cruise, to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views all around Lord Howe Island. Marvel at the spectacular image of Ball’s Pyramid creeping up in the distance, gaze up at sheer mountain cliffs, and bird-watch as we approach the Admiralty Islands, which are home to a large percentage of the island’s avian population.

This evening we enjoy the magic of the lagoon from a glass-bottomed boat on a 1 hour sunset cruise before our farewell dinner at The Anchorage.

Stay at Blue Lagoon Lodge, 10 Neds Beach Rd, (02) 6563 2150

close up of 2 woodhens on forest floor

Indigenous Woodhens (Image: David Stowe)

Day 7 – Sunday – Lord Howe to Canberra – B

This morning we have some final free time to visit our favourite places on the island, before we say our farewells to this most unique and beautiful piece of paradise, and make our way home with very special memories of a most magical place…

We should have you home just after dinner time.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THIS TOUR:

Itinerary changes

The daily activities as listed in the above itinerary are totally changeable due to weather conditions. Our hosts on the island will consult with us each day about the next day’s activities and inform us of any last-minute changes. These details should be available to all guests at dinner time. The locations for dinner may also change as restaurants may change their opening nights.

Getting around on the island

From Lord Howe Island (LHI) tourism;
Please note that Lord Howe Island is an offshore island.  Roads are often uneven and gravelly. Individuals should have some physical stability.

The island may not be suited to people who do not have good general fitness and mobility as transport is limited. Tourists get around the island by walking or pushbike. Guests will need to walk to/from their accommodation to the starting point of tours.  Walking time can range from 5-20 minutes each way.

Boat tours depart from a sandy beach and require tourists to remove their shoes to board the vessel.

Blue lagoon Lodge will provide transport to dinner every night, and the restaurant provides transport back to Blue Lagoon. Most distances to our activities are quite reasonable (less than 1km), but if you decide to do some lawn bowls in your free time, it is a 1.3km (flat) walk to the Bowlo, and if you want to play a few rounds of golf, you may have to hire a push bike – it is 3.6km each way! Very scenic and enjoyable ride though… and 99% flat!

Optional activities
There are several optional activities that are available to you in your free time, such as golf, tennis, bicycle hire, lawn bowls, yoga, massage, beauty treatments, and visits to the museum. These can be booked while we are on island, so just let me know, and I can book these activities for you, subject to availability.

Although only 11km long and 2km wide, Lord Howe is laced with dozens of delightful, well-marked walking trails and choices range from easy strolls at sea level through lush kentia palm and banyan forests, to moderate cliff-top hikes where you’ll see seabirds wheeling on the thermals. I have included a link to some walks information in the accompanying email, and maps will be available on island.

Booking terms and conditions
Lord Howe is very different to any other place we have been, and so are their booking and cancellation requirements. A non-refundable deposit of $855 will be required to secure your seat. Balances will be due on 8 October 2023.

Insurance
As always, we strongly suggest that all guests have comprehensive domestic travel insurance that covers cancellation, amendment, and emergency accommodation. This is especially important for a tour to Lord Howe Island. It is not an uncommon occurrence, that planes are unable to land on the island due to low cloud and/or other adverse weather conditions. If this were to happen on either of our journeys, we would then have to pay for extra accommodation and/or airport transfers in Sydney and/or Lord Howe.

 

INCLUSIONS:

Return airfares ex Canberra via Sydney with Qantas including all airport taxes

Return airport transfers in Canberra and on Lord Howe Island

6 nights self-contained accommodation at Blue Lagoon Lodge

Buffet breakfast daily at the Anchorage Restaurant (Sunday at Coral Café)

All evening meals at various restaurants

One gourmet picnic lunch

One “Coffee & Muffin” per person at Anchorage Restaurant

Private Round Island Bus Tour

Private North Bay Turtle & Nature Tour

Private Around Island Cruise

Guided Clear Place walk

Historical movies at the local hall

Ian Hutton lecture at the Museum

Micro-Brewery and Palm Nursery Tour

1 hour Sunset Cruise on the lagoon

1 fabulous tour guide and lots of amazing experiences and wonderful memories….
(OK, so Jeff is going to tag along too at his own expense, because he doesn’t want to miss out!)


NOT INCLUDED:

6 lunches (grocery store, cafes and takeaway are available on island, as well as refreshment/meal on board Qantas flights)
Alcohol with evening meals


Tour departs Canberra Monday 8 April 2024

COST:

$6275 per person double or twin share
Single supplement = $1100

Please click HERE for a downloadable printable version of this itinerary.

 

Thank you very much for your interest in our tour.

Please do not hesitate in contacting us should you have any questions at all.

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