Tour Description

Lord Howe Island

Eight Days: 12th – 19th October 2019

Twin Share: $5195 per person. Sole Use: $6095 per person.

Included in the tour:
  • Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
  • Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.

 

Lord Howe Island is located in the Pacific, directly east of Port Macquarie. World Heritage-listed, it is less than a two hour flight from Sydney and is an exceptionally beautiful holiday destination. It boasts one of the most pristine natural environments in the world and is characterised by sandy beaches, subtropical forests and clear waters. The south is dominated by forested hills rising to the highest point on the island, Mount Gower, standing at 875 metres. In the north, the Bay is home to an amazing variety of corals, fish, turtles and stingrays. The world’s southern-most barrier reef runs down the western side of the Island for six kilometres, enclosing a brilliant blue lagoon. Home to an abundance of seabird colonies, marine animals and a unique way of life, this tour will make the perfect Island getaway.

 

Day One – SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER 2019

(includes light lunch and three course dinner)

After being picked up from our homes (limited areas*) we are taken to the Adelaide Airport terminal. On arrival we are met by an Endeavour Tours representative who assists us with our group check-in, helps us through the security procedures and to the gate, ready to board our Qantas flight to Sydney.

On arrival In Sydney we are assisted with reclaiming our luggage. This afternoon we will be taken to the Royal Botanic Gardens, one of the oldest scientific institutions in Australia. Opened in 1816, the gardens are heritage listed and hold prime position, situated on the Sydney Harbour, next to the Opera House. Of course the views are spectacular and we will enjoy a light lunch while here.

We’ll take a scenic drive before being transferred to our hotel for the night, the Mantra Sydney Airport (Ph. 02 8398 0700).  Just a short distance from the terminal it will  make our departure to Lord Howe Island easier tomorrow. We take time to settle in before coming together for dinner where we can get to know our fellow travellers.

 

Day Two – SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

After breakfast we are taken to Sydney’s International Terminal ready for our Qantas flight to Lord Howe Island! As we fly in we can see what famous travel writer Jan Morris once observed, that the shape of the island is ‘some sort of a sea scorpion, with the two high mountains at its southern end representing the sting in the tail.’

After touching down we will be met by our local host and transferred to our accommodation at the Blue Lagoon Lodge (Ph. 02 6563 2006) where we will be staying for the next six nights. Centrally located just 200 metres from the lagoon, this will be our base from which to explore the island, and is an easy walking distance to the shops, post office, restaurants and pristine beaches.

We have time to unpack and settle in before being treated to a slide show late afternoon, a great way to begin our introduction to the Island. Dinner tonight is at the Beachcomber Restaurant, set in tropical gardens and nestled underneath a beautiful Jacaranda tree. We then return to the Lodge for a good night’s rest.

 

Day Three – MONDAY 14 OCTOBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

As our accommodation does not have a dining room, we enjoy breakfast each day at the Anchorage Restaurant before embarking on our touring and activities.

Today we begin our exploration with the expertise of a local guide who will take us on the scenic and informative Chase ‘n’ Thyme Island Tour. This entertaining tour is a journey through Lord Howe Island, from early settlement to the present day. During our time this morning we receive a fascinating insight into the flora and fauna and the unique way of life on the Island. We explore everything from weather balloons to the amazing waste management facility where great work is done to reduce waste; crucial in keeping Lord Howe Island one of the most pristine environments in the world.  We are also invited into the home of a local for morning tea.

After lunch in the cafe at the Lord Howe Island Museum, we meet the museum’s curator for an informative presentation. Ian Hutton is a passionate environmentalist, who enjoys contributing to the cultural centre of the Island for residents and visitors. He is involved in scientific fieldwork on projects as diverse as seabird ecology, rare plant surveys and climate change monitoring and has said that “living on Lord Howe Island is like living inside a David Attenborough documentary”.

We will be spending the afternoon here, so there will be time to explore the museum at our leisure. Boasting a range of innovative displays on the Island’s World Heritage environment, community and history, the museum is a treasure chest of collections, learning resources and changing displays about this truly unique place on our planet. The museum shop sells a range of gifts, quality books, maps and postcards of Lord Howe Island’s history, flora and fauna. Most of the books have been written and produced by local authors, and to encourage local residents in art and craft, the museum shop primarily stocks locally produced items such as art prints, screen printed tea towels, wood turning and weaving. Dinner is at the museum this evening in the Coral Café, before returning to our accommodation.

 

Day Four – TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

The team from Marine Adventures will be taking us on an in-depth tour of the North Bay of the Island today. We embark on a glass-bottom boat to give us the best view of the colourful kaleidoscope of fish, turtles, stingrays and the amazing corals of the world’s southern-most barrier reef.  We will hear about the Island’s history of marine life from a sixth generation Islander. Lunch is on the beach and for those who wish, there is a guided walk along the beach where the birdlife is plentiful. (Bring walking shoes, a hat and bathers if you would like to swim today. Snorkelling gear and wetsuits are also available on the boat.)

Arriving back on Lord Howe there is time to rest and freshen up for before dinner at the local Bowling Club, which offers spectacular views.

 

Day Five – WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

This morning we have the opportunity to take an Around Island Cruise, which will bring us close to the stunning vertical cliffs of Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird. We can relax and enjoy breathtaking views and sheer mountain cliffs as we circumnavigate this heritage-listed island and gain insight into its remarkable landscape. In the distance we spot the 551 metre tall Ball’s Pyramid, the world’s tallest sea stack and cruise past the Admiralty Isles: an intriguing group of volcanic formations including the Arch, the Gulch and the Herring Pools. Bird life is in abundance on the Island and we have a great chance to see the red-tailed tropic bird, masked boobies, sooty terns and common noddies that nest on the cliffs and outer islands.

This afternoon we will meet Ramblin’ Ronnie who will keep us informed as we wander through unique forest whilst listening to history and information about our walk. We may encounter the Lord Howe Island Woodhen, a brown flightless bird which almost became extinct in the 1970s, but after a successful programme in the 1980s, now has a stable population.

Late afternoon we will be taken to see the historical movies at the local community hall, the proceeds of  which are donated to the local Island school, before dinner is served at the Anchorage Restaurant .

 

Day Six – THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

Today we board a glass bottom boat once again, this time to tour the sheltered, crystal-clear waters of the lagoon. Formed by a natural barrier of six kilometres of coral reef, the lagoon is home to more than 500 species of fish and 90 species of coral.

We will see beautiful coral outcrops, surging stands of algae, colourful sponges and a wonderful array of fish as we cruise over Cornets Hole and Erscotts Hole. This amazing experience is the ultimate way to view unique and amazing marine life and pristine coral reefs in an unspoiled, idyllic environment and location.

This afternoon is free for us to do as we wish; take a walk to the shops just a short distance from our accommodation, enjoy a walk on the beach, go for a swim or simply relax in our comfortable rooms.

Tonight we dine at the picturesque Golf Club with great sunset views overlooking the greens and the lagoon beyond.

 

Day Seven – FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

Just over a kilometre from the road, the enchanting Little Island Walk is a gentle walk along the south-western shoreline. Ramblin’ Ronnie, who knows the island as well as anyone possibly can, will meet us once more and guide us at a comfortable pace, allowing for commentary along the way and the chance to ask any questions. The walk takes us through ancient forests of Banyan trees and endemic Kentia palms.

There is a beautiful patch of green grass at the end of the track, where one can sit down and soak up the stunning views of the mountains and the Tasman Sea.

Following lunch at the Golf Club, we spend some time at Ginny’s Shed where we see Island inspired hand-painted and dyed textiles using natural materials. There are silk and bamboo hand-dyed sarongs, hand-painted and screen printed tea towels, aprons, bags, gift cards, tablecloths and more that can be purchased. We also have a chance to do some of our own artwork, making a perfect souvenir of our time on Lord Howe Island!

After relaxing in the late afternoon, we are ready to sample another restaurant of the Island. Tonight we will be dining at Beach House on the Moon whose menu often includes fresh fish caught by local fishermen.

 

Day Eight – SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast and light lunch )

The time has come to farewell our hosts after a fantastic week on Lord Howe Island. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly faces of those we have met have made for such a unique and wonderful holiday.

Our local guide will take us to the island airport ready for our Qantas flight back to Sydney. On arrival, there’ll be time to enjoy a relaxed lunch at the airport before being taken through to the gate ready for our Qantas flight back to Adelaide. 

After touching down, we are met by the drivers who will take us home after a fantastic holiday on Lord Howe Island. The experiences we have enjoyed, the places we have seen and people we have met on this tour will leave us with many special memories to treasure.

Please note: This itinerary is subject to conditions which can be adversely affected by weather on Lord Howe Island. Alternative activities are planned should some of our intended itinerary not be possible. 

Due to the nature of tourism on Lord Howe Island, all transfers and touring is conducted by different operators in their vehicles, and so this tour will be different from a typical Endeavour Tour. These operators also reserve the right to vary itineraries and substitute inclusions if necessary. However, you will be escorted by one of our own excellent Tour Drivers who will provide the care and attention that you expect from Endeavour Tours. 

Checked luggage allowance on flights to and from Lord Howe Island are strictly limited to 14kg, so please pack carefully.