Living on Lord Howe Island

Jan
04

Five Easy Walks

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Thursday, January 04, 2018



Contributed by Pia Funch: Lord Howe Island is often called “the last paradise”. This World Heritage island with magnificent twin mountains and the world’s most southerly coral reef does indeed look like something from a long-lost world, but it’s ideal for all types of modern activities. Its palm covered mountain tracks, untouched dive sites and empty surf beaches are a heaven for anyone with an adventurous soul, and its quiet sparkling lagoon, world class barbecue spots and accessible snorkelling spots make the island one of the most family friendly holiday spots in the world. No matter who you are, Lord Howe Island will invite you and encourage you to wake up in the morning and hear its call. And that is indeed a true paradise.

Here are five easy walks to get you started. 

Foreshore Walk
The Foreshore Walk is an easy stroll on a little track following the lagoon. It starts near the Pinetrees Lodge boatshed and continues past the Aquatic Club down to the “CBD” (or vice versa). Take a late afternoon walk and watch the golden sun set over the lagoon. This is also one of the best spots to watch the fairy-tale looking White terns dancing around in pairs as they return to their nests. 

Stevens Reserve
Stevens Reserve is one of Lord Howe Island’s cutest trails. Fully covered by tree canopies, this is a good little walk to do even on a rainy day. It’s a 1.1km loop track and along the way, you’ll find descriptions of the flora and fauna living in the forest. 

Valley of the Shadows & Clear Place
On the eastern side of the island, at the end of Anderson Road, the trail to the Valley of the Shadows and Clear Place begins. The trail leads to a panoramic view of Middle Beach and the Pacific Ocean, which is one of the best spots on the island to watch the sun rise. The trail continues to the Valley of the Shadows, where a lush Kentia palm forest awaits along with towering Banyan trees, making this place look like the perfect holiday home for Tarzan. Finally, the trail ends at the Clear Place or should we call it the end of the world? It sure feels like it.

Little Island
Little Island is the place where the Mount Gower track starts at the southern end of Lord Howe Island. The walk to Little Island itself is around 3km return and is a simple track running along the coastline leading to the foot of Mount Lidgbird. The views of the mountain slope with emerald green palm trees, vertical cliffs and running waterfalls are just one dinosaur sound away from the Jurassic world. A sunset picnic here is truly a magical experience. This is the only place in the world where the magnificent Providence petrels nest. Between March and September, making silly loud sounds will make this famous bird fall from the sky in their thousands. It’s a once-in-lifetime experience! 

Transit Hill
Transit Hill is the easiest of the seven peaks of Lord Howe to climb, reaching 121 metres above sea level. The walk starts near the liquor store and is approximately 2.5 km long. The walk combines a few semi-steep areas with boardwalks and steps leading to a platform with a 360-degree view of the island and the surrounding ocean. However, the most spectacular part of the walk is the moment Blinky Beach comes to view in between the trees near the end of the walk. Enjoy the moment!

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HELP! I have 2 children, 25 staff and up to 75 guests. I was a lawyer for 10 years, but escaped. My husband and I moved from Sydney to beautiful Lord Howe Island to run Pinetrees Lodge, which has been in my family for 6 generations. I'm writing about family business, island life and the whole work/family disaster. Did someone say balance? When I'm not writing, my lovely staff do it for me - they see more of the island than I do.

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