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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 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 a 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 nowhere else on earth.

 

Explore this unique paradise

Pack Free
This walking holiday has been designed for those looking for a guided multi-day walking experience with everything is 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 renowned 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 footsteps 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 with 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 renowned 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 transferred 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 atmosphere 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 group and your Local Guide at 5.30pm for pre-dinner drinks and canapes. Afterwards, we all enjoy a relaxing three-course 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, there 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 relaxing 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.

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 coast through pretty lowland forest of Curly Palms, Blackbutts, Grey barks 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 stream leads up into shallow pools where fresh drinking water can be found. Continue through the 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, however, the whole group would need to do this walk. 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 a 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 the northeast 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 is 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 the breeding time during the year, Providence Petrels can be 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 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. Grade Hard. 6kms

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

Day Six
6 Day Lord Howe Island walk

Departure Day

On the last day, we enjoy a late breakfast. As there is no walking today, the group is independent. We suggest the group set off after breakfast, take a short walk or bike ride to the Museum to see some of the histories of this amazing place. Afterwards, head to Ned’s Beach where you can hand feed the fish. The group enjoys a celebratory lunch at Ned’s Beach (a cook yourself BBQ – which will be delivered by the hotel to the beach for you). Depending on your flight time, the hotel can pick you up from Ned’s Beach to go directly to the airport or alternatively you can cycle or walk back to the Retreat to meet your afternoon airport transfer there. Join your flight home at the end of an amazing trip.

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 tranquillity 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 daily room service as well as evening turndown service.

Note: to reduce single supplement costs for our solo travellers wanting their own room, these guests will stay in Kentia Suites instead.

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 dinner in the renowned 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 are grown on site. Enjoy modern Australian cuisine with a 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

75sqm

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

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Tour Availability

We run regular monthly tours from September to April every year. Dates are listed below however availability changes by the hour – to see real-time availability click on the monthly calendar at the bottom of the page and select the month you require. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

Departure DatesAvailabilitySpecial Offers /Notes
5 April 2020AvailableNot Applicable
5 Sept 2020AvailableNot Applicable
3 October 2020AvailableNot Applicable

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PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 8-10 people. Subject to availability. Free Group T’shirts also available – see details.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au


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Tour Prices

Spot Specials Save $150 per person when you book and pay in full on specific departures

Save $150 per person is available when you book and pay in full at time of booking on specific departures. (Past Passengers save $250 per person). Special conditions apply see details below. See departure dates page for specific dates.

PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 8 can save an additional $50 per person (on above savings) when they book a departure. Choose the date of your choice - subject to availability. Book and pay in full at time of booking to receive these special offers.


6 day walk
$ 3845 /p

Spot Special price $3845
Save $150 per person

Book & Pay in full at time of booking.
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Normal Price  $3995
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.

Prices based on twin share. Triple share is also available in an Arajilla Suite for the same price

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Past Passenger Spot Special Price
$ 3745 /p

Past Passenger Spot Special price $3745
Save $250 per person

Book & Pay in full at time of booking.
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Normal Price  $3895
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.

Email us for a code.

Prices based on twin share. Triple share is also available in an Arajilla Suite for the same price

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Private Group Price
$ 3795 /p

Private Group Spot Special Price $3795
Save $200 per person

The departure of your choice – subject to availability. Available for groups of 8 – 12 people. Book & Pay in full at time of booking by 30 Dec 2019.

Group of 8 or more Normal Price $3945
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.

$100 extra Past Passenger discount available for those in the group that have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously.

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Single Supplement

Solo Travellers wanting their own room will stay in a Kentia Suite subject to availability. Limited rooms are available each tour enquire at time of booking. Additional cost $1136 for the entire stay,

Exclusive Group Departures

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

Discount Information:

  • PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. In order to receive this discount please email us for your special “promo code” to use when booking. In your email, you should outline what Life’s An Adventure tour you have done with us in the past so we can cross-check.
  • EARLYBIRD, SPRING MADNESS & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, 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.
  • 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 the time of initial booking.

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 NIB 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 deposit of $250 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 8 weeks of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card fee applies.
  • 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.
  • Note: tours that fall over a public holiday will be more expensive than other seasonal dates to cover public holidays rates for staff.
  • 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.

Cancellation Policy and Conditions of Travel

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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).
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
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    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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