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wilderness weeks

Blinky Beach and the mountains - Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is a gem of the natural world. Its dramatic scenery, lush subtropical forests, rare flora and fauna, pristine beaches and colourful marine life are breathtaking and unique. Sir David Attenborough once wrote that Lord Howe is “so extraordinary it is almost unbelievable… Few islands, surely, can be so accessible, so remarkable, yet so unspoilt.”

Lord Howe is genuine wilderness. Unlike most parts of the world, the island was first settled in the 1840’s and has had minimal human impact. Many parts of the island are rarely visited or remain unvisited. The vast populations of land and sea birds have no predators, and with a loud yell or hand clap, will hover above your head to investigate the sound. Some will land at your feet and appear hypnotised. It’s a unique experience.

Offshore, the island is surrounded by the southernmost coral reef in the world, and has a unique combination of tropical, subtropical and temperate marine life. There are over 90 coral and 500 fish species.

Snorkelling at Erscotts Hole - Lord Howe IslandKayaking to North Bay - Lord Howe Island

In recognition of its scenic beauty and biodiversity, Lord Howe was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1982. The list includes Uluru, Kakadu, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef. More recently, National Geographic named Lord Howe as one of its 'Places of a Lifetime'.

Some parts of the island are easily accessible via the network of walking tracks. The best parts, though, require a local guide and a boat. Only then can you discover Lord Howe’s true wilderness. Our Wilderness Weeks combine the experience of local park rangers and scientists to guide you to some of the island’s most amazing places - by foot, boat and kayak. Along the way, the guides will provide expert interpretation of Lord Howe's unique ecosystems and demonstrate some of the management practices that protect the island’s flora and fauna.

Off track to North Head - Lord Howe IslandDescending through the cloud forest on Mt Gower - Lord Howe Island

After a memorable day, you’ll return to Pinetrees for a hot shower, cold beer, exceptional 4 course dinner, great wine, open fire and comfortable bed. You may find the perfect balance between physical exercise, mental stimulation, social interaction and, well, some of life’s more enjoyable treats. And there’s no mobile phone coverage on Lord Howe!

We offer two types of Wilderness Week. Our Wilderness Discovery Weeks are for people of all ages with a reasonable level of fitness and interest in conservation, while our Wilderness Challenge Weeks are for fit backcountry adventurers who thrive on ‘exposure’, ‘missions’ and ‘epics’ (you’ll know who you are). All groups are led by former park ranger and mountain guide, Dean Hiscox, from Lord Howe Environmental Tours, and supported by former United Nations ecologist, Luke Hanson, from Pinetrees Lodge. Read the reviews of our Wilderness Discovery Weeks in June and July 2013.

Our Wilderness Weeks have had great reviews in the media, including a feature article in Great Walks Magazine and a feature article in the Sydney Morning Herald (by Louise Southerden, the 2013 Australian Travel Writer of the Year).  You can also watch the episode of Sydney Weekender with Mike Whitney who enjoyed our Wilderness Discovery activities.

Our Wilderness Discovery Weeks include:

  • guided walks through World Heritage wilderness with park rangers and scientists;
  • guided boat and snorkelling trips through the world’s most southern coral reef system;
  • guided kayak trips on the lagoon;
  • expert interpretation of Lord Howe's unique ecosystems and demonstration of conservation management practices;
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • full buffet breakfasts
  • lunches (either at Pinetrees, gourmet BBQ hamper or packed lunch)
  • afternoon teas
  • 4 or 5 course dinners
  • use of all lodge facilities
  • island airport transfers

Our Wilderness Discovery Weeks are available from 9-13 June (SOLD OUT) and 8-12 September 2014 (5 SPACES LEFT). Package rates start from $1665 per person (twin share). Please contact us for further details or to make a booking.

Our Wilderness Challenge Weeks include:

  • guided walks, climbs, scrambles, slides, jumps and swims through rarely visited World Heritage wilderness with park rangers and scientists;
  • guided boat and snorkelling trips through the world’s most southern coral reef system, including night snorkels and cave snorkels if weather permits;
  • guided ‘blue water’ kayak trips to offshore islands;
  • expert interpretation of Lord Howe's unique ecosystems and demonstration of conservation management practices;
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • full buffet breakfasts
  • lunches (either at Pinetrees, gourmet BBQ hamper or packed lunch)
  • afternoon teas
  • 4 or 5 course dinners
  • use of all lodge facilities
  • island airport transfers

Our Wilderness Challenge Weeks are available from 18-22 August (4 SPACES LEFT) and 13-17 October 2014 (SOLD OUT). Group size is limited to 10 people with a guest to guide ratio of 5:1. You must have a high level of fitness, and as a guide, be able to swim 400m in 12 minutes and walk 10km in 3 hours. Package rates start from $1765 per person (twin share). Please contact us for further details or to make a booking.

Exploring rock pools at Middle Beach - Lord Howe IslandThe Lower Road - Lord Howe Island

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