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Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

Mount Lidgbird and Mount Gower, Lord Howe IslandCREDIT: tom-archer.com

Mt Lidgbird and Mt Gower – one of the many dramatic views on Lord Howe Island.

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Lord Howe Island
Walking Trails

Mount Lidgbird and Mount Gower, Lord Howe Island CREDIT: tom-archer.com

Mt Lidgbird and Mt Gower – one of the many dramatic views on Lord Howe Island.

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Lord Howe Island, which is less than a two-hour flight from Sydney, is an untouched, World Heritage-listed natural paradise. It’s perfect for exploring on foot, with spectacular walks ranging from short strolls to challenging five-day hikes. 

Tackle the Seven Peaks Walk 

The Seven Peaks Walk is one of the Great Walks of Australia, a collection of premium guided walking tours in some of the nation’s most spectacular locations. You’ll spend five days exploring the pristine Lord Howe Island, and six nights relaxing at Pinetrees lodge, on the Lord Howe Island lagoon, with beachfront drinks followed by a four-course dinner each night. From day one at North Bay (where you’ll enjoy a glass-bottom boat cruise) to day five, with an optional climb of Mount Gower, the island’s tallest peak, you’ll take in untouched beaches, coral platforms, ancient forests and breathtaking views along the way. The walk is rated moderate to hard, with a strong level of fitness recommended. 

Enter the Valley of the Shadows 

On the east coast of the island, take a trek through the Valley of the Shadows. On one of the most memorable walks on Lord Howe (an easy, fairly level 1.2km) you’ll hike in the shadow of enormous banyan trees and kentia palms, and see why David Attenborough once described the island as “so extraordinary it is almost unbelievable”. 

Mount Gower, Lord Howe Island CREDIT: Destination NSW

Climbing Mt Gower on Lord Howe Island.

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Mount Gower, Lord Howe Island CREDIT: Destination NSW

Climbing Mt Gower on Lord Howe Island.

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Climb Malabar Hill 

Lord Howe Island is renowned for birdwatching, with 130 recorded permanent and migratory species, including 14 seabird species. If you want to take in some fascinating bird watching while you hike, climb up Malabar Hill, in the north of the island. It’s a two-hour return walk through one of the world’s largest nesting sites for the red-tailed tropicbird, known for its spectacular airborne courting displays between September and May. You’ll also get some remarkable panoramic views of the island, and can finish off with a swim on Neds Beach. 

Hike Transit Hill 

Don’t blink and miss the start of the walk to Transit Hill, in the central part of Lord Howe Island. Starting at either the island’s Administration Office or Blinky Beach, you’ll find it’s a fairly easy hike to the peak, where you can take in incredible 360-degree views of the island and spot plenty of birdlife before you head back down to cool off in the surf. 

Explore Stevens Reserve 

Want to get to know Lord Howe’s flora and fauna without breaking into a sweat? Stevens Reserve is a flat, easy, shady, 1.2km walk through a reserve in the heart of the island. Here you’ll find ancient banyan trees (watch for roots across the narrow path, and plenty of birds, with lots of interpretive signs that provide a crash course in the island’s ecosystem.  

Malabar Hill, Lord Howe Island CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a walk up Malabar Hill, Lord Howe Island.

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Malabar Hill, Lord Howe Island CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a walk up Malabar Hill, Lord Howe Island.

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Blinky Beach, Lord Howe Island CREDIT: tom-archer.com

Scenic coastal views of Blinky Beach looking towards Mount Lidgbird and Mount Gower, Lord Howe Island.

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Blinky Beach, Lord Howe Island CREDIT: tom-archer.com

Scenic coastal views of Blinky Beach looking towards Mount Lidgbird and Mount Gower, Lord Howe Island.

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