Paradise Explorer (3 nights) including flights

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Just an hours flight from Sydney, Lord Howe is a subtropical paradise and one of Australia's most beautiful islands. Lord Howe is a world heritage site with an endemic clownfish and the southern-most barrier reef in the world. Like a mini-Galapagos, its home to a rare flightless rail, millions of seabirds and an extraordinary stick-insect or land lobster wiped out by rats in the 20th century and thought extinct until the rediscovery of live animals in 2001. Join local guides, naturalists and one of the best accommodation views on the islands, and explore Australia's paradise.


Highlights:

  • Self-contained accommodation with some of the best mountain and lagoon views on the island
  • Expert guiding by Lord Howes leading naturalist (as featured on Attenborough's  BBC)
  • View beautiful nesting sea birds up close
  • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes encounter with the islands famous stick-insect
  • Freshly cooked bread and breakfast eggs, complimentary sparkling wine, fresh coffee and fresh seafood
  • Tour and talk at the Museum by the curator
  • Options: additional birdwatching, Mt Gower Walk, snorkelling, diving
  • Snorkelling gear and bicycle hire

Options

Option 1. A morning to explore the island with your snorkel gear and bikes and an afternoon guided snorkel cruise with Islander Cruises. 

Option 2. Morning birdwatching walk with Ian Hutton to look for waders and other birds, then on to Neds Beach for Sooty terns, Brown noddies and Black winged petrels (depending on season). In the afternoon, a  pelagic cruise (3.5 hours) offshore from Lord Howe Island  or if weather suitable to Balls Pyramid for fishing and birdwatching.

Option 3. All day picnic day at North Bay. After a short ferry trip we have a BBQ picnic lunch then snorkelling before climbing Mount Eliza and beachcombing. Chance to see Sooty terns, Grey Ternlets, Black Noddies, Brown Noddies, and Red-tailed Tropicbirds. Also at low tide this is the best place on the island to view the visiting shorebirds. Dinner is pizza or a BBQ on the beach. Return by car to your accommodation.

Option 4. Spectacular Mt Gower walk (all day) with local naturalist and fifth-generation islander Jack Shick.

Option 5. Morning birdwatching walk with Ian Hutton to look for waders and other birds, then on to Neds Beach for Sooty terns, Brown noddies and Black winged petrels (depending on season). Afternoon relaxing or exploring by bicycle then in the evening, a guided tour with Ian Hutton, either (Spring) watching the Flesh footed shearwaters return at dusk; or (autumn) 4.30pm drive south for viewing the return of the Providence petrels at Little Island ‚ one of the great seabird spectacles of the world (filmed by David Attenborough for Life of Birds).

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