Often, when you think you're alone at Blinky Beach or Little Island, something will move in the bush and it's not the wind. After squinting at the place for a moment, the pattern will become clear. It's a person in full camouflage gear with a huge camera and binoculars. Chances are they don't speak English. Welcome to the world of bird watching. Lord Howe is one of the most amazing 'birdo' destinations in the world with 130 recorded species, and enthusiasts take it very seriously.
Migratory seabirds are the big drawcard. Birds including Noddy terns, White terns, Sooty terns, Muttonbirds, Black winged petrels, Providence petrels and Red-tailed tropic birds nest and breed at Lord Howe every year. Some of these birds are extremely rare, and you can stand a few metres away from a mother feeding her chick. It's one of those unique and memorable Lord Howe experiences. Land birds are also worth a look. The most recognised is the Lord Howe Island Woodhen, a flightless and curious bird that was nearly extinct in the 1980s. After a successful breeding program, the woodhen is now everywhere on the island, including the Pinetrees verandah at meal times. They're a funny bird and great entertainment for all ages - the more noise you make, the closer they come to you.
There are a number of ornithologists and guides on the island who can help you with access and interpretation. Why watch David Attenborough when you can see it yourself?
For the family – the friendliness of the Pinetrees Lodge staff was a real bonus. For me, the opportunity to realise the possibility of a trusting, friendly community without the addiction to cars and computers was the highlight.
Brian, Armidale NSW
The food and service at Pinetrees Lodge were faultless.
Daniel & Kirsty, Mt Riverview NSW
If you are looking for a perfect holiday destination Lord Howe Island is it! The wonderful reef and landscape with walks and climbs for the more adventurous, kayaking, snorkelling with turtles or just relaxing. The friendly and excellent staff, the bbq lunches and impressive food at Pinetrees Lodge are fantastic.
For an adventurous, peaceful and relaxing holiday everyone should give Lord Howe Island a try. The friendly staff and good service at Pinetrees Lodge was great and the meals were all sensational.
Kay, Everton Park QLD
Lord Howe Island is a wonderful, natural place for a complete break away. Pinetrees Lodge makes the experience very special and they are in a great position with wonderfully friendly service.
Gail & John, Launceston TAS
Lord Howe Island is the ideal getaway. The very nature of the island and the care and control in place keep it very special and unique. Swimming with the turtles and feeding the fish in their natural habitat was perfect.
Robyn & Ian
Peace, tranquillity, total relaxation. The staff at Pinetrees Lodge is genuinely interested in making you feel welcome and comfortable. The food was wonderful and their ability to cater for my allergies was outstanding. Simply the best!
Helen & Ross, Nth Balwyn
We have been completely pampered in “paradise”. Pinetrees Lodge have been wonderfully friendly and helpful and the food beautifully presented and delicious.
Jennifer, The Gap QLD
I thought my stay at Pinetrees Lodge and Lord Howe Island was excellent! It has a great family atmosphere. An outstanding place for a holiday.
Geoff, Woollahra NSW
Pinetrees Lodge and Lord Howe Island are fabulous! The lodge is comfortable and lovely, surrounded by a forest of banyan trees, with flowering shrubs and birds everywhere. The food is abundant and spectacular. The staff are helpful and always smiling. I have travelled extensively, and Lord Howe Island and Pinetrees Lodge are in a class unto themselves – and wonderful!
Roy Hughes, Seattle, USA
I was recommended by a friend to come here and I am so glad. How heavenly to eat beautiful food and stay at such a wonderful place and be active and get fit in such beautiful surroundings. This has been the best holiday I have had for a long time.
Mary & Tony, Bondi Junction NSW
Lord Howe Island is how the world should be! Clean, honest and well kept environment, in harmony with God, nature and man. Pinetrees I would recommend for its location, hospitality, and very helpful staff and always with a smile. And of course the food so well prepared and served so delicious, I cannot fault Pinetrees, the best I have stayed at in all of Australia. I will be back. The natural beauty of the Island is a real draw card. You have “The Great Barrier Reef”, the amazing rocks of “Uluru” WOW! No speeding, no graffiti and no crime.
Jan, Gosford NSW