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6 Day Lord Howe Island walk

Lord Howe Island

A Pack Free guided 6 day walk

Located in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand lies the island paradise of Lord Howe Island. The Lord Howe Island Group is made up of 28 islands and islets, with a remarkable volcanic geography that has been eroded by the sea over millions of years. As such it is a World Heritage Site of global natural significance. A majority of the island is virtually untouched forest, rich in flora and fauna and some of the world’s best hiking trails.

Discover this exceptional natural beauty of this island paradise in depth, as our walks showcase the stunning cliff top views, volcanic mountains, lush forests, pristine beaches, and a beautiful 6km coral reef that forms a lagoon teeming with marine life. This island is a bird lovers paradise with over 200 different species recorded on the island and many rare species of flora and fauna found no where else on earth.


Explore this unique paradise

Pack Free
This walking holidays has been designed for those looking for a guided multi day walking experience with everything taken care of for you. Our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight bags for the entire tour. With Life’s An Adventure you will carry as little as your water bottle,  camera and lunch.

5 nights at Arajilla Retreat – the ultimate luxury Retreat
This luxurious retreat, is ideally set on the island’s lagoon surrounded by tranquil palms and banyan trees and is one of the island’s premier accommodation. Stay in beautifully appointed suites and enjoy wonderful fine dining and creative modern cuisine featuring local delicacies in its reknowned restaurant with a different menu every day. The Retreat even has a wellness spa.

Personalised Tours
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 10 people. However if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.

Superb Local Guide – 5th Generation Islander
Our head guide Jack is a fifth generation Islander and third generation mountain guide, following in the foot steps of his Grandfather and Father. Jack is the most experienced guide on Lord Howe Island with a total of more than 1800 guided trips to the summit over 20 years. There is no one on Lord Howe Island more experienced to guide you on an unforgettable day. Jack has led David Attenborough and his camera crew on hikes to explore the unique flora and fauna of this island. Our guide will bring the group together as well as sharing their love of the environment in which you will travel.

Fabulous meals featuring local produce
You’ll be delighted by the meals on this tour. Each night enjoy complimentary pre-dinner drinks (beer, wine or cocktails) as well canapes in the guest lounge before dinner. Enjoy fine dining at the reknowned Retreat Restaurant served with wonderful Australian wines. The Retreat’s sources premium ingredients locally and use their own organic vegetables they grow on site, in their creative dishes. Enjoy sumptuous dinners of modern Australian cuisine prepared by their talented team of chefs with a new innovative menu each evening.

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Why Choose Us

6 Day Lord Howe Island Inclusions

Your 6 day walking holiday includes:

  • Fully supported walk with no packs to carry
  • 5 nights accommodation at the luxurious Arajilla Retreat
  • 5 delicious lunches
  • Restaurant dinners at the Retreat featuring local produce
  • Complimentary wine, beer or cocktails and canapes pre-dinner during happy hour.
  • Australian wine with dinner
  • 5 x Hot breakfasts in the Retreat Restaurant
  • Professionally guided by local 5th generation Island guide
  • Transfers to and from Lord Howe Island Airport


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Tour Itinerary

Day OneGetting there
6 Day Lord Howe Island walk

Arrival Day

Flights are available direct from Sydney daily. Be met on arrival by an Arajilla Retreat representative and transfered to your accommodation for the next 5 nights. The remainder of the day is for you to relax, wind down into the pace of ‘island time’ and soak up the atmoshphere of this idyllic place. Complimentary bikes are available to explore the island. The Retreat is ideally located close to the shops and museum. Tonight meet the rest of our groupat 5.30pm for pre-dinner drinks and canapes. Afterwards we all enjoy a relaxing dinner in the restaurant featuring local produce and wine.

Day Two
6 Day Lord Howe Island walk

Lagoon Walk and Glass Bottom Boat cruise - Mt Eliza and Old Gulch walk

After a leisurely breakfast we head to the stunning Lagoon Beach taking in the beauty that is Lord Howe Island.  Here we join our boat to discover the marine life on a glass bottom boat. Out on the water their is the opportunity to enjoy snorkelling. The coral surrounding the island has formed a natural lagoon making it a haven for colourful fish and turtles. Landing on North Beach we depart our boat and enjoy a hike to Mount Eliza 147m above sea level. Mt Eliza is one of the main nesting sites for the Red-tailed Tropicbird and the Sooty Tern and you should be able to get great shots of the birds flying above your head and in and out of the bushes. The view from the top is fantastic. From here we head to Old Gulch a cavity in the cliffs. Relax and take in the waves crashing over the rock platform and the sea birds circling around the cliffs above. Afterwards we join the boat for the return transfer back to Lagoon Beach, where we take a short stroll back to our Retreat. After refreshing in your room, join the group for refreshments and canapes in the lounge at 5.30pm. Later we enjoy a wonderful three course dinner served with Australian wine in the restaurant.

Please note: due to changing weather we may adjust the days we do our Glass Bottom boat cruise and Mt Gower hike to ensure we do these on the optimal days.


Day Three
6 Day Lord Howe Island walk

Boat Harbour, Rocky Point and Muttonbird Point. Goat House Cave Option

After breakfast we set out on our day’s walk on the eastern side of the island walking along the Coastal Track to Boat Harbour via Mutton Bird Point Lookout and Rocky Run. We follow the cast coast through pretty lowland forest of Curly Palms, Blackbutts, Greybarks and Hopwoods. We stop by at Muttonbird Point where we will see a large breeding colony of Masked Boobies (birds) from a special viewing platform. We follow the track to Rocky Run Creek to the sea for stunning views before we continue on to Boat Harbour. Boat Harbour is a pretty beach location with rounded volcanic boulders and worn coral. In the corner of the beach a pretty stream leads up into shallow pools where fresh drinking water can be found. Continue through beautiful wet rainforest to the end of our walk. Note an option to climb to Goat House Cave can be included today for fit groups instead. Afterwards we return to the retreat for dinner and drinks.

Day Four
6 Day Lord Howe Island walk

Malabar Hill, Kim's Lookout, Old Settlement Beach

After breakfast at the hotel we head out for the day’s walking adventure on the northern part of the island. Today’s walk will offer spectacular views southwards across the coral reef and lagoon to the cliff faces of the two major peaks. We start our walk at beautiful Ned’s beach heading up to Malabar Hill named after a Malabar Indian who fell to his death over the cliffs. Our walk takes us through shady sub-tropical forest, until we emerge on the top of a 200 metre vertical cliff. From here we can view the entire Lord Howe Island lagoon with its spectacular shades of aqua, and views of two of the most dramatic mountains in Australia. To the north you will see thousands of seabirds nesting in the cliff caves. We continue on to breathtaking Kim’s Lookout you’ll enjoy wonderful views, to the south over Old Settlement Beach, to the west views of Mt Eliza and thenorth east to Admiralty Island. You only need to extend moderate effort to get to these northern viewpoints. Finally we head to Old Settlement Beach to cool down with a refreshing swim, a great way to finish our walk. Tonight at 5.30pm we enjoy complimentary beer, wine and cocktails from 5.30pm to 6.30pm before enjoying another wonderful 3 course dinner.

Day Five
6 Day Lord Howe Island walk

Mt Gower

Those not willing to participate in today’s walk can enjoy a day to relax on the island. Use the complimentary bikes to ride around the island. Go snorkelling or indulge in a spa treatment at the Retreat.

For those up to the challenge we will hike to the summit of Mt Gower, rated as one of Australia’s best day walks. The hike is one of the highlights of Lord Howe Island and although this is a full 8.5 – 9 hour walk, once at the top the view are simply out of this world and worth every step.  You’ll feel a huge sense of achievement making it the top where you’ll experience an amazing misty cloud forest wonderland, with everything covered in pretty mosses and stunning views of the crystal clear waters of the lagoon below. At breeding time during the year Providence Petrels can been seen in their tens of thousands flying everywhere, and dropping through the tree canopy to your guide’s calls. Note some sections of this walk are steep and require the use of anchored ropes for ascents and descents. You will need to be physically fit to do this harder walk. It is approximately 10 km with an elevation of 875 metres. Grade 5.

Note there is the option to stop at the saddle walking to around 500 metres and wait for the group to return from the summit. The walk up to this point has only a four to five areas where ropes are required. The saddle has amazing views over Mount Lidgbird.

Tonight we will all join up to talk about our day’s adventures over another superb dinner.

Day Six
6 Day Lord Howe Island walk

Departure Day

On the last day we enjoy a late breakfast. We take a bike ride to the Museum to see some of the history of this amazing place. Afterwards we head to Ned’s Beach where we can hand feed the fish. We finish with a celebratory lunch at Ned’s Beach before cycling back to the retreat. At 1.45pm we are transferred back to the airport to connect with flights home the end of an amazing trip. (Subject to Qantaslink airline times, suggested departure flight time 2.55pm to book).

Tour Accommodation

6 Day Lord Howe Island walk
6 Day Lord Howe Island walk
6 Day Lord Howe Island walk
6 Day Lord Howe Island walk

5 Nights Accommodation

Arajilla Retreat - Baynan Suite

Spend 5 wonderful nights at this haven of peace and tranquility on Lord Howe Island. Ideally located on the northern end of the lagoon, the Arajilla Retreat featuring extraordinary views and a warm laid back ambience. Our guests stay in modern luxurious Banyan suites with private outdoor decks, bathrobes and slippers and a daily room service as well as evening turndown service.

6 Day Lord Howe Island walk
6 Day Lord Howe Island walk
6 Day Lord Howe Island walk

Superb meals featuring local prduce

New menus every night

Enjoy complimentary pre-dinner drinks and canapes in the lounge each night before a wonderful three course dinners in the reknowned Retreat Restaurant . The team of talented chef ensure a menu that changes daily featuring wonderful local produce such as fresh local fish and organic vegetables grown on site. Enjoy modern Australian cuisine with at twist. With Life’s An Adventure’s policy of all-inclusive you will also enjoy Australian wine served with dinner.

6 Day Lord Howe Island walk
6 Day Lord Howe Island walk
6 Day Lord Howe Island walk
6 Day Lord Howe Island walk

Banyan Suite


The Banyan Suites have one  bedroom with king or single beds, a mezzanine  ‘treetops lounge’, a large north facing deck overlooking the Kentia Palms and Banyan Trees.

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Tour Availability

Next departure dates:
6th April 2019
7th October 2019


Private Groups Dates

Groups can choose a date of their choice for 6 or more people. Subject to availability of accommodation. Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email:



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Tour Prices

6 day walk
$ 3495 /p

Pack Free Walk
5 nights accommodation
Pre-dinner canapes and drinks nightly
5 x wonderful dinners in the Retreat Restaurant
5 x hot and cold breakfasts
5 x lunches to enjoy whilst walking
Trail mix & fresh fruit
Australian wine during dinner
Professional Local Guides with 20 years guiding experience on Lord Howe Island
Transfers to and from Lord Howe Airport
National Parks Fees

6 day all-inclusive walk $3495 per person Twin Share


6 day all-inclusive walk $2495 per person Triple Share.
Triple share is king bed which can be split to singles
and a fold up bed in the upper mezzanine level.

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Exclusive Group Departures

Exclusive departure dates can be organised for groups of 6 or more subject to availability.

Travel Insurance

We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through QBE Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.

Booking Conditions

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A $250 deposit is required at time of booking to secure your place with final payments due 8 weeks prior to departure. (unless purchasing spot specials or earlybird specials – in which case full payment is due to time of booking). Note: If you are booking within 8 weeks of your departure date – we will require full payment at time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you will be required to share with someone of the same gender. If we are unable to find you a match you will need to pay a single supplement cost.
  • Payments must be made on-line via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card Fees Apply.
  • Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at time of initial booking. Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spotpecials, however transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour.
  • Cancellations are not permitted on Spot Specials or earlybird discounts, however changes to an alternative date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to injury, minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.
  • Where a tour is altered due to unsuitable weather conditions, our guides will provide the best alternative itinerary possible, no refunds are provided for cancelled activities on tour.

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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: 4/23 Narabang Way,
    Belrose NSW 2085. (Regional office: 6955 Arthur Hwy, Port Arthur Tasmania. All enquiries to be directed to Head Office).
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