A picturesque island paradise made up of pristine forests, Lord Howe Island is home to unique marine life and flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth. With around 70 per cent of the island preserved as parkland, there’s plenty to explore.
Nature on Lord Howe Island
The 11km long and 2km wide Lord Howe Island boasts a range of beautiful walks for all abilities. The most challenging of these is the 14km Mount Gower hike, an 8 hour journey to the island’s tallest point, rated as one of the best day treks in the world.
Explore Malabar Hill, one of the world's largest nesting sites for the red-tailed tropic bird, known for their spectacular airborne courting displays.
This two-hour return walk also takes in breathtaking views over the twin peaks of Mt Gower and Mt Lidgbird to the south, and the Admiralty Islands to the north.
The unique Valley of the Shadows trail will take you through the island’s remarkable banyan tree forests; the trees appear to be actually walking through the landscape.
The crystal clear waters of Lord Howe Island are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, diving, kayaking and surfing. Explore the caves and waters encircling Balls Pyramid, a striking 551 metre tall rock formation 23km offshore.
The caves are populated with huge schools of fish including the rare Spanish dancers and Galapagos whalers.