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Perfect photography conditions at Blinky Beach 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. 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 capture vistas that feature in David Attenborough documentaries, and you can climb big mountains.

Everywhere you look on Lord Howe there are amazing colours and textures. The light can be bright to showcase the range of blues in the water, it can be soft to provide subtle tonal contrast in the landscape, and it can be saturated. Best of all, you get to see the sunrise and sunset over water every day.

Our Walking and Photography Weeks from 6-10 November 2017 (SOLD OUT), 7-11 May 2018 and 5-9 November 2018 will combine the skills of local guides and photographers to help you discover and capture the Island's stunning landscapes and life forms. Some walks will be self-guided, while others will have expert guides to explain the plants, geology, birds and marine life. Each guide can help you capture better images (and help you win our daily 'best photo' competition). See the review of our Walking and Photography Week in July 2011 and the article in Australian Photography Magazine. In 2015, we were included in the Sydney Morning Herald's "six of the best travel photography tours" in the world.

The Walking and Photography Weeks include:

  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • guided walks to Mt Eliza, Boat Harbour and Kims Lookout with expert interpretation of Lord Howe's ecosystems and expert advice on photographic techniques
  • guided walks to rarely visited parts of the island (depending on your level of fitness and the weather conditions)
  • prizes for the winners of our daily 'best photo' competition
  • full 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

Prices start from $2460.00 (per person, twin share in a Palm Room), excluding airfares. In other words, walking and photography activities are FREE for Pinetrees guests. To experience the full week you're best to arrive the weekend prior and plan to depart no earlier than the following Saturday. Please contact us for further details or to make a booking. 

Lord Howe Island from the summit of Mt GowerSunset light at Little IslandA sooty tern in morning lightClimbing to Gout House on Lord Howe IslandLord Howe Island from MalabarOne handed photography on Mt LidgbirdSwimming near Kings Beach on Lord Howe IslandA large turtle in the North PassageEvening light on the mountainsElsie and Pixie with the Lord Howe Island lagoonAfternoon light on the boatshed deckAfternoon drinks on Lord Howe IslandSnorkelling at North Bay on Lord Howe IslandDramatic clouds on the mountainsPhotographers on Lord Howe IslandPerfect conditions on Lord Howe IslandDramatic photos on Mt GowerSnorkelling near Rabbit Island on Lord Howe IslandA waterfall shower on Lord Howe IslandThe Pot Holes at low tide on Lord Howe Island

Currency

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

Inclusions

Our 'All Inclusive' rate includes island airport transfers, guided daily walks with nature guides and professional photographers (Mon-Fri), use of lodge facilities and all meals - full breakfast, lunch (either at Pinetrees, gourmet BBQ hamper or packed lunch), afternoon tea and 4 or 5 course dinner. Our 'Bed & Breakfast' rate includes island airport transfers, guided daily walks with nature guides and professional photographers (Mon-Fri), use of lodge facilities, full breakfast, afternoon tea, 4 or 5 course dinner on the night of arrival and evening transport to local restaurants. All rates excludes drinks, airfares and other applicable levies and taxes.

Bed & Breakfast rate

There are no cooking or self catering facilities at Pinetrees, so all 'Bed and Breakfast' guests should have lunch and dinner at local cafes and restaurants.  'Bed and Breakfast' guests are welcome to book for lunch or dinner at Pinetrees by 9am on the day, although seats are not guaranteed due to high demand. The 'Bed and Breakfast' rate is not available for stays in our 3 Bedroom Cottage, 4 Bedroom Cottage or Garden Cottages. The 'Bed and Breakfast' rate is not available for stays between 19 December to 28 April (inclusive). All guests in each room must book the same rate (i.e all guests must be on an ''All Inclusive' rate or 'Bed & Breakfast' rate). Pinetrees will not accept bookings with mixed rates within one room.

Airfares

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 issuing 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

Packages and special offers can't be combined. We'll always find the best package or offer for guest requirements.  All guests in each room must book the same rate (i.e all guests must be on a 'All Inclusive' rate or 'Bed & Breakfast' rate).

Sole Use

Sole use of rooms is permitted, excluding when booking the 'Bed and Breakfast' rate, please contact us for sole use rates and availability.

Additional children and adults in rooms

When sharing with 2 adults and subject to space for a cot and/or bedding: a) children under 5 are free of charge; b) children aged 5 to 14 are charged 65% of the adult tariff; c) all other guests aged 15 and over are charged 75% of the adult tariff. As part of Lord Howe's World Heritage listing Pinetrees is licensed for 75 guests each night, all people aged 5 and over are considered a guest.

Rates for children

Children under 5 are free of charge when sharing with 2 adults or one adult paying the sole use rate (subject to space for a cot and/or bedding). Children aged 5 to 14 are charged 65% of the adult tariff when sharing with 2 adults or one adult paying the sole use rate (subject to space for a cot and/or bedding). All children aged 5-14 must share with another child, two adults or one adult paying the sole use rate.

Rate Changes

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

Deposits/Payments

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.

Cancellations

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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