bush walking

Bush walking on Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is the best walking destination in Australia, and one of the best in the world. Its World Heritage listing is for scenic beauty, biodiversity and rare flora and fauna, and there's a large variety of terrain in a small area. Over two thirds of the island comprises beaches, sand dunes, limestone plains, hills, valleys and mountains. All have unique sub-tropical vegetation that ranges from wetlands to rainforest, and there are no snakes or poisonous spiders.

The walking possibilities are endless. You can explore the intertidal zone at low tide and discover amazing life forms, you can walk along user-friendly graded tracks to swimming coves and lookouts, you can climb small hills and see vistas that feature in National Geographic and David Attenborough documentaries, and you can climb big mountains.

The 875-metre climb of Mt Gower is one of the highest vertical climbs in Australia. It's hard, sweaty, technical, and to be honest, a bit dangerous, but with an experienced guide and nerves of steel, the climb is tremendously rewarding. Many guests say that it's the best thing they've ever done, but they were fit, experienced and prepared. Many guests also say that it was the hardest thing they've ever attempted, and they can't believe that people are allowed to climb there without harnesses and belay points. The truth is probably a bit of both! You'll be sore for the next couple of days, and maybe a bit bruised and bloody, but you'll also feel completely relaxed and proud of your effort. It's a yin and yang kind of thing.

Pinetrees staff are experienced walkers, and are always happy to talk about tracks, maps, climbs, photos, packs, blisters and boots. We'll also recommend the best walks for your level of enthusiasm and experience. There are a number of experienced walking guides and naturalists on the island who can guide you to some amazing places. Read the Locals' Guide to Lord Howe Island to learn more about our best walks.

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Pinetrees Lodge has a lovely family feeling! Their position is great.
James McLaclan

Pinetrees Lodge – Location, ambience, overall efficiency including quality of management, staff and fine food. The clear, unspoilt beauty of Lord Howe Island and the noticeable respect given to nature by residents and visitor alike. There are many options for physical activities without feeling overwhelmed by too many people.
Marianne & Barry Shaw, Naremburn NSW

After having travelled extensively, finding Pinetrees Lodge at Lord Howe Island we have discovered a destination that should be on every travellers “bucket list”. An overseas destination without being international. A domestic flight to a world of tradition and great beauty. A feeling of life without haste and turmoil - and the owners and staff of Pinetrees will entice and ensure your lifelong loyalty.
Allan & Eveleen NSW

Great value for money with all food included. Pinetrees staff and the history of this place make it unique. The boathouse on an evening for a pre-dinner drink and canapés. The relaxed and friendly nature of the people of Pinetrees and Lord Howe Island made this holiday very special.
Sharon, Mt Pritchard NSW

I would recommend Pinetrees Lodge for its wonderful food, its relaxed and very friendly atmosphere – the fact that nothing is too much trouble. My first visit, definitely not my last! Perfect. Lord Howe Island has wonderful scenery, diverse activities, beautiful birds and great beaches.
Lynette, Minto NSW

The quality of food at Pinetrees Lodge was the highlight of my stay! It was excellent and the staff is friendly and helpful. This is my second visit and I will certainly return.
Dianne, Killcare NSW

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"There is nowhere in the world like Lord Howe Island - incredibly beautiful, with uncrowded beaches, mountains, natural wilderness, kilometres of walks and spectacular marine life."

Tom, Paddington, NSW