Nature on Lord Howe Island
Bring your binoculars
Lord Howe Island is one of Australia’s premier birdwatching destinations, with 14 species of seabirds breeding here in their hundreds of thousands. The island also has more than 130 permanent and migratory bird species, including the unique Lord Howe Island woodhen, vast flocks of migrating shearwaters and rare providence petrels.
Bushwalking and birdwatching on Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island is a nature lover’s paradise. Although only 11km long and 2km wide, the island has many bushwalking options for a wide range of abilities. The most challenging is the 14km Mount Gower hike, 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, an eight hour return journey that requires ropes in some sections. Discover the island’s unique plants and birdlife as you explore extraordinarily beautiful scenery.
Malabar Hill is one of the world's largest nesting sites for the red-tailed tropic bird, known for their spectacular airborne courting displays. Climb during the nesting season between September and May to witness these dazzling rituals. The two-hour return walk takes in breathtaking views over the twin peaks of Mt Gower and Mt Lidgbird to the south, and the Admiralty Islands to the north.
Gentler options for more relaxed meandering around the island are also on offer. From the beautiful Blinky Beach, take an easy 2km stroll to the scenic vantage point on Transit Hill and look out for an emerald ground dove or golden whistler along the way. The picturesque North Bay is a secluded beach accessible only on foot (four-hour return trip) or by boat. The unique Valley of the Shadows trail takes you through remarkable banyan tree forests with aerial roots that give the impression the tree is “walking” through the landscape.
One of the best ways to enjoy the pristine blue waters of Lord Howe Island is from the peaceful perspective of a stand-up paddleboard. Hire a board at Neds Beach or from the PRO DIVE Hire Centre at Lagoon Beach and keep an eye out for wrasses, turtles, stingrays and myriads of coral as you glide through the calm waters.
Located at the crossroads of five major ocean currents, Lord Howe Island is home to an abundance of beautiful marine life. Swim amongst up to 90 vibrant species of coral and 500 types of fish, turtles and stingrays. Spectacular diving and snorkeling sites include Neds Beach, Erscott's Hole, the Admiralty Islands and Ball's Pyramid.
Fish the calm waters of Lord Howe's famous lagoon with the island's only professional sport fishing guide Gary Crombie, who has over 20 years experience as a guide in these waters. Bait, lures...
Lord Howe Island is often described as Australia's most beautiful island, and is regarded as the world's most southern coral reef. The island's isolation has allowed it to develop unique a...
There are two pathways leading to Transit Hill, which is roughly centred on the island, and you might spot an emerald ground-dove or a golden whistler along the way.
Start your stroll near th...
M.V. 'Carina' is a purpose built stebercraft in full NSW maritime survey. It is locally owned and operated, and is powered by twin engines with a cruising speed of 14 knots. 'Carina' h...
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 m...www.lordhoweisland.info/points-of-interest/points-of-interest/admiralty-islands/
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