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australian geographic expedition

Lunch on Mt Gower on 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 also relatively undiscovered. Vast areas of World Heritage wilderness are rarely visited or researched. Like the Galapagos, new species will continue to be discovered by those with the expertise and patience to look.

The Australian Geographic Expedition is for ‘citizen scientists’ to work with scientists from Australian Geographic, the CSIRO and the Lord Howe Island Board. With expert support, people with a good level of fitness (i.e walk 5km in 1.5 hours and be steady footed in steep mountain terrain) and interest in conservation (i.e. you don’t need any scientific training!) can help discover insect species, which are thought to be extinct, or close to extinct. Many species remain undescribed or unrecorded since 1978, so the expedition stands to make a significant contribution to conservation on Lord Howe Island. Read the review of the 2016 Australian Geographic Expedition to Lord Howe Island.

After a memorable day, you’ll return to Pinetrees for a hot shower, sunset drink, exceptional 4 course dinner, great wine 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! 

The Australian Geographic Expedition includes:

  • 7 nights' accommodation at Pinetrees Lodge

  • 6 days of invertebrate field research with breaks for seabird and coral surveys

  • hands-on training from CSIRO scientists

  • full breakfasts

  • lunches (either at Pinetrees, gourmet BBQ hamper or packed lunch)

  • afternoon teas

  • 4 course dinners

  • island airport transfers

The Expedition will run from 22-27 October 2018. Packages start from $3,770.00 (per person twin share in a Palm Room), excluding airfaresPlease contact us for more information or to make a booking.

The walk to Goat House on Lord Howe IslandSunset from Little Island on Lord Howe IslandClimbing Mt Gower on Lord Howe IslandThe Pot Holes Lord Howe IslandAdventure group on Mt Lidgbird on Lord Howe IslandSunset at Pinetrees Lodge on Lord Howe IslandDescending Mt Gower on Lord Howe IslandSwim with turtles on Lord Howe IslandCoral reef and fish on Lord Howe IslandBeach walk on Lord Howe IslandSnorkelling on the Lord Howe Island lagoonThe view from Mt Eliza on Lord Howe IslandSunset drinks at Pinetrees Lodge on Lord Howe IslandBird watching on Lord Howe IslandThe summit of Mt Gower on Lord Howe IslandAdventure group at the Gulch on Lord Howe IslandThe Lord Howe Island lagoonExploring rock pools on Lord Howe Island


All rates are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST.


Our 'All Inclusive' rate includes 7 nights accommodation, 6 days of invertebrate field research, hands-on training from CSIRO scientists, island airport transfers,use of lodge facilities and all meals - full breakfast, lunch (either at Pinetrees, gourmet BBQ hamper or packed lunch), afternoon tea and 4 course dinner. The 'All Inclusive' rate excludes drinks, airfares and other applicable levies and taxes.  


Pinetrees Travel provides the best available airfares to Lord Howe Island and takes care of the flight bookings for almost all of our guests. Pinetrees Travel does not charge any booking fees to assist guests with flight bookings. Qantaslink is the only airline to service Lord Howe Island and has connections from 750 global destinations as part of the One World Alliance. International travellers can sometimes include flights to and from Lord Howe as a part of their international tickets to Australia.

Travel insurance

As travel to or from Lord Howe Island can be cancelled or delayed due to unforeseen circumstances we highly recommend travel insurance for all guests. As flights to and from Lord Howe Island can sometimes be cancelled or delayed due to weather, it is important that you purchase travel insurance that covers the cost of additional accommodation or lost accommodation due to weather. Our preferred travel insurance provider is Aussietravelcover. You can read their full FSG, PDS and policy wording HERE. All Pinetrees guests receive a 20% discount off their travel insurance premiums when purchasing a policy via this exclusive LINK.

Check-in & check-out

Check-in time is 3pm and check-out time is 10am. Early check-ins and late check-outs are sometimes available, please check with Pinetrees staff on the day.


Packages and special offers can't be combined. We'll always find the best package or offer for guest requirements.

Sole Use/Single Travellers

Sole use of rooms is permitted please contact us for sole use rates and availability or if you'd like to share a room with another citizen scientist.

Rate Changes

Pinetrees Lodge reserves the right to alter rates and conditions without notice.


A non-refundable/non-transferable deposit of $250 per guest is required to confirm a reservation. Lord Howe Island airfares are due 7 days from booking (connecting flights may be due at time of booking).  Full/final payment is required 45 days prior to arrival.  If a booking is made within 45 days of arrival the full payment due date is advised at time of booking.


If a booking is cancelled prior to 45 days before arrival all deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable to alternative travel dates. If cancelled 45-15 days before arrival a cancellation fee of 25% of the total tariff will be charged. A cancellation fee of 100% of the total tariff will be charged for cancellations within 14 days before arrival. A cancellation fee of 100% of the total tariff will be charged for no show on the day of arrival. There are no refunds for early departures. There are no refunds for missed nights due to delayed arrivals resulting from delayed/cancelled/disrupted travel plans. Specific cancellation conditions apply to special interest groups, big family groups and to bookings in December and January. These are advised at the time of booking. Cancelled flights are subject to Qantas' cancellation conditions, some airfares are non-refundable and some airfares are refundable with a $99 cancellation fee, we recommend booking refundable airfares.


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"The beautiful, gourmet dinners had with family and Pinetrees friends, sitting on the lovely, wide verandah have to be a highlight of our stays. "

Pip, Roseville, NSW