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. Admiralty Islands

    Just 15 minutes by boat from Lord Howe rests an intriguing group of volcanic formations, dubbed the Admiralty Islands. Large pinnacles, coral reefs, larger schools of fish and diving depths of 15-40 metres...

  2. Balls Pyramid

    23 kilometres southeast of the island, the world's tallest sea stack and the site of some of Australia's most remarkable diving can be found - the 551 metre tall Balls Pyramid. Exploring the caves and waters...

  3. Blinky Beach

    Blinky Beach, on the eastern side of Lord Howe Island, is the best beach to access some amazing waves. Bring along a surfboard, body board, fins, or just head in for a bodysurf, it's the most popular place on the...

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