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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.
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.
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!
Our Wilderness Weeks are for people of all ages with a good level of fitness and interest in conservation. 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. We've also 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, and the video of our 2014 Adventure Challenge Week by film-maker Andy Lloyd.
Our Wilderness 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 Weeks are available from 25-29 May 2015 and 7-11 September 2015. Package rates start from $1790 per person (twin share). Please contact us for further details or to make a booking.