Seven Peaks Walk

The World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island is one of Australia's most spectacular walking destinations, with rugged mountain peaks, pristine beaches, rare flora and breathtaking ocean panoramas. 
 
Listed as one of Australia's best premium walking experiences by the Great Walks Collective, the remarkable Seven Peaks Walk takes in the full exquisite beauty of this destination. Based out of Pinetrees Lodge, this five day hiking experience rolls from Lord Howe Island's beautiful beaches and winds through swimming coves and subtropical forests, along freshwater creeks, rocky sea cliffs and wild volcanic peaks.

Fast Facts

  • How to get there: QantasLink flights to Lord Howe Island fly direct from Sydney and Brisbane
  • Accommodation: Pinetrees Lodge
  • Operating season: Autumn and Spring        
  • Duration: 5 days/6 nights                              
  • Distance: 45 kilometres (27 miles)
  • Grade: moderate to challenging (optional)    
  • Group size: 12 guests maximum
North Bay Walk, Image; Luke Hanson

5 Day Itinerary

The Seven Peaks Walk is for experienced hikers who enjoy a challenge by day, and some luxury by night. A few sections of the walk are ‘off-track’ and require a steady head for heights. You also need to be fit – as a guide, you should be able to walk 10km in 3 hours and climb 300 stairs in 20 minutes (free tip: use the trip as motivation to train for a few months before you come). All groups are led by former park ranger and mountain guide, Dean Hiscox, from Lord Howe Environmental Tours, and supported by former United Nations ecologist, Luke Hanson, from Pinetrees Lodge. The maximum group size is 12 guests, with a guest to guide ratio of 6:1. 

DAY 1: NORTH BAY

Start the day with a glass bottom boat cruise to North Bay, then a climb of North Head and Mt Eliza. Depending on conditions, replace one climb with a trip to the Herring Pools from the Gulch, which is an amazing place, but only available on the low tide without swell. Walk over Dawson Point to Old Settlement Beach and back to Pinetrees along the Lagoon foreshore.

DAY 2: MALABAR

Climb to Kims Lookout and traverse the ridge between Kims and Malabar (two peaks). Descend the south ridge of Malabar to Neds Beach and have a swim or feed the fish. Then walk to Middle Beach and climb Transit Hill before returning to Pinetrees. This is a moderate trail with steps and rough ground. It offers spectacular views of the island.

DAY 3: EAST COAST

Head to Mutton Bird Point and Rocky Run and climb to Goathouse on Mt Lidgbird – an optional walk which is steep, uses ropes and provides the most rewarding views of the island. Descend to Smoking Tree Ridge and climb Intermediate Hill to the new observation platform. Return to Pinetrees via Blinky Beach.

DAY 4: WATER DAY

Enjoy a snorkeling trip on the outer reef (or an offshore snorkel adventure to the Admiralty Islands) followed by a kayak trip on the Lagoon. All activities are optional today – you can choose your own adventure. 

DAY 5: MT GOWER

This is the optional day for the advanced walker to climb Mt Gower at 867 metres (2844 feet). Stunning views await and a chance to experience the mist forest and bird rookery at the summit of this extinct volcano. Variations of this day are offered depending on the group ability. If people aren't up to the summit of Gower then there is the option of the Erskine Valley or an off-track adventure to some secret spots on Mt Lidgbird. All options take people along the Lower Road, which is one of the most spectacular 400 metre (1312 foot) walking tracks in Australia.

Spectacular views hiking Lord Howe Island, Image; Luke Hanson