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 as the hosts and guides of the Seven Peaks Walk – one of the Great Walks of Australia – we 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. Read the Locals’ Guide to Lord Howe Island to learn more about our best walks.