Lord Howe Island: The Last Paradise
Just an hour’s flight from Sydney, Lord Howe is a subtropical paradise and one of Australia’s most beautiful islands.
Lord Howe is a world heritage site with an endemic clownfish and the southern-most barrier reef in the world. Like a mini-Galapagos, it’s home to a rare flightless rail, millions of seabirds and an extraordinary stick-insect or ’land lobster’ wiped out by rats in the 20th century and thought extinct until the rediscovery of live animals on nearby Balls Pyramid in 2001. Join our local guide and renowned naturalist for four days exploring Australia’s last paradise.
Expert guiding by Lord Howe’s leading naturalist View beautiful nesting sea birds up close Enjoy a behind-the-scenes encounter with the island’s famous stick-insect Cruise and snorkel the southern-most barrier reef in the world
Day 1 After you are met at the airport, settle into your accommodation before meeting your guide for an introductory walk around the settlement and close up look at White Terns, Black Noddies and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. Enjoy the evening with a presentation about Lord Howe Island and a special encounter with the famous Phasmid (or stick-insect).
Day 2 Take a guided morning walk to Old Settlement Beach to view migrant wading birds then on to Ned’s Beach for Sooty Terns, Brown Noddies and Black-winged Petrels (seasonal). In the afternoon, if the weather is suitable, we’ll take a boat offshore to look for petrels and possibly albatross then head to Balls Pyramid, the world’s tallest sea stack. Attend a fascinating evening lecture at the island’s museum.
Day 3 Take a boat trip to North Bay for a BBQ lunch before snorkelling and beach combing. During a short climb up Mount Eliza we’ll look for Sooty Terns, Grey Ternlets, Black Noddies, Brown Noddies
and spectacular Red-tailed Tropicbirds. We'll enjoy a BBQ dinner on the beach. In the spring, we’ll watch the Flesh-footed Shearwaters return at dusk and in Autumn, drive south to view the return of Providence Petrels at Little Island – one of the great seabird spectacles of the world (filmed by David Attenborough for the TV series Life of Birds.
Day 4 Take a brief morning sojourn to Moseley Park to view wading birds, then on to Golf Course and Kings Beach before it’s time to head to the airport for departure.