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Botanica

Lord Howe Island Tropical Plants, Birdlife and Nature Walks

Sydney Return

Trip Code: BTLHI8
8 Days
26 Mar 2023

Trip Highlights

Daily flora and fauna walks

Daily walks will allow you to discover the unique flora and fauna of Lord Howe Island.

Your expert Botanical Guide

Naturalist, author and photographer Dr Ian Hutton will guide you on your walks and deliver four evening lectures.

Upgrade to luxury

Choose to upgrade to stay at the luxurious Arajilla Retreat.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • Return airfares from Sydney to Lord Howe Island and airport transfers
  • 7 nights in a small group staying in comfortable one bedroom apartment, or upgrade to the luxurious Arajilla Retreat
  • Fully inclusive dining - 22 Meals – 7 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • Enjoy guided nature walks and evening lectures with your Botanical Guide Dr Ian Hutton
  • Travel by boat to North Bay and snorkel in the crystal clear waters
  • Enjoy a glass bottom boat cruise of The Lagoon and see the unique marine life
  • Discover endangered high-altitude rainforest species including the Little Mountain Palm
  • Learn about the island's endemic plant life and its incredible bird life from an expert

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change depending on the departure date. An updated itinerary will be provided in your documentation, outlining each day’s activities
  • Prices include airport transfers and airport taxes
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Some excursions may require a high level of mobility and fitness
  • Reef shoes required for reef walk
  • Hat and sun protection required
  • Group size: Maximum 16 guests
Map
Sydney Return

Today your Qantas flight departs at 11.55am from Sydney. Arrive into Lord Howe Island, where you will be transferred to your accommodation before gaining an insight into what your tour will entail during a tour briefing this afternoon.

Stay: Seven Nights, Leanda Lei Apartments or similar or upgrade to the luxurious Arajilla Retreat

Daily :
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast this morning, Ian will walk with you around the settlement, while introducing you to the island’s many plants and birds. He will then accompany you on an easy walk to Transit Hill where there is a viewing platform that offers a 360-degree view of Lord Howe Island. Look out for the island’s signature plants, the Kentia and Curly palms that dominate the landscape in many places. This evening’s pre-dinner lecture will feature an overview of the region’s geology, flora, fauna and conservation.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today’s island exploration will include a bus tour to see the many landmarks and learn about Lord Howe Island’s history. You’ll also immerse yourself in a walk to Mt Stevens Reserve to learn about the Kentia Palm industry. Gain an insight into the plants of Lord Howe Island at this evening’s pre-dinner lecture.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, make your way to Little Island, located at the base of Lord Howe’s mountains and an easy walk along the southwestern shoreline. Here, you’ll learn about the volcanic origins of the island while soaking up the spectacular scenery of this World Heritage-listed site. Ian will then guide you to Clear Place, where you’ll get to witness the tall palm forest, massive banyan trees and an array of seabirds found here.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a morning at leisure to relax or explore. After lunch, at low tide, set off on a reef walk at Ned’s Beach rock platform to discover the surrounding coral and rockpools. As some of the world’s most southerly, the coral found here is rich and diverse, and among the last to be impacted by global environmental effects such as coral bleaching. You’ll also learn about the wealth of marine creatures that inhabit the island’s intertidal areas. You may then like to spend some time swimming or snorkelling before enjoying historical movies at the public hall.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, set off on a full-day trip to North Bay. Travelling by boat, you’ll arrive at a pristine beach on the northern tip of the island, inaccessible by land. The waters here are a snorkeller’s paradise; rich in colourful corals, turtles, stingrays and an estimated 500 species of fish. The birdlife is also spectacular. On a short nature walk, look out for colonies of sooty terns, brown noddies, black noddies, as well as red-tailed tropicbirds and waders at low tide. Enjoy a barbecue lunch before returning to your accommodation later this afternoon. Ian’s lecture tonight will focus on the marine life of Lord Howe Island.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Spend this morning relaxing, then take a glass-bottom boat on a discovery of the marine life supported by the world’s most southerly coral reef. You’ll also have the option to snorkel and see marine wonders beneath the surface up close.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy free time this morning. After lunch, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Sydney.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Botanica to all who'll ask.

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