Nature on Lord Howe Island - Birdwatching and Bushwalking


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.

  • Beach, Lord Howe Island
  • Hiking, Lord Howe Island

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.

An experienced guide from Lord Howe Island Nature Tours or Sea to Summit Expeditions will lead you through this 875 metre ascent.

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.

Nature, Lord Howe Island

If you’re after a relaxed stroll, head to Blinky Beach and follow the easy 2km stroll to the top of Transit Hill. Keep an eye out for the emerald ground dove or golden whistler along the way.

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.

The reefs of the Admiralty Islands are also renowned for their excellent diving, and Lagoon Beach, Neds Beach, Old Settlement Beach, Erscott’s Hole and Blinky Beach are idyllic snorkelling locations.

  • Hand feeding Fish on Lord Howe Island NSW

    Hand-feed the fish at Neds Beach

    Hand-feed eager mullet, garfish and kingfish for a unique Lord Howe Island experience at Neds Beach Sanctuary Zone. Here you can see an amazing diversity of marine life and coral close to shore. You can also paddle or snorkel in the clear waters of the beach and get up close with fish.

  • Stand-up paddleboarding on Lord Howe Island

    Stand-up paddleboarding

    Hire a board at Neds Beach or from the PRO DIVE Hire Centre at Lagoon Beach and try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. Glide through the calm waters of the bay, where you can see turtles, stingrays, schools of fish and vibrant coral. It’s great fun and an excellent way to explore the island’s waters.

  • Snorkelling, Lord Howe Island

    Snorkelling and diving

    Lord Howe Island is home to an abundance of beautiful marine life, and snorkelling is one of the best ways to see it up close. Spectacular diving and snorkeling sites include Neds Beach, Erscott's Hole, the Admiralty Islands and Ball's Pyramid. Swim amongst up to 500 species of marine life including fish, turtles and stingrays.

Popular Accommodation Options on Lord Howe Island

  1. Chase N Thyme Bus Tours

    More than a tour, Chase 'n' Thyme is a journey through Lord Howe Island, from early settlement to the present day and all the wonderful things in between. Come with your hosts Janine and Peter on an entertaining and...

  2. Islander Cruises

    Join Islander Cruises on one of their specialised tours to some of Lord Howe Island's more remote and pristine locations.Bushwalking tours, beach picnics, barbecue tours and Sunset Cruises are...

  3. Lord Howe Island Golf

    Lord Howe is home to one of the most picturesque golf courses in Australia, which overlooks the towering Mt. Lidgbird and Mt. Gower. The 9-hole course meanders through the lushly vegetated Kentia Palm forest and out...

  4. Lord Howe Island Nature Tours

    Come on a journey of discovery with naturalist Ian Hutton OAM, as he reveals to you the secrets of Lord Howe's beautiful environment. With the choice of both day and half day guided tours of remote rocky coves,...

  5. Marine Adventures

    Less than a two hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane is the World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island. Offering marine activities within its pristine waters and stunning surroundings, Marine Adventures...

  6. MV Lulawai

    Join the crew of the 'MV Lulawai', purpose built on the island for the late Roy Wilson in 1969. This beautiful, traditional vessel was purposely designed and built for the island's waters and to provide a service for...

  7. Sea to Summit Expeditions

    You are invited to climb iconic Mount Gower with fifth generation Islander, Jack Shick. Jack, a veteran guide of over 1000 walks, follows in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, both mountain guides before him...

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