OVERVIEW

Swaying palm trees, breathtaking coastal scenery, a crystal-clear lagoon and the southern-most coral reef in the world, all bless this World Heritage Site.The island’s isolation in the Pacific Ocean makes it home to 64 species of unique rainforest plants, teeming seabird colonies and one of the rarest birds in the world. Yet it remains only a couple of hours flight from either Sydney or Brisbane.

Travel on this island is done primarily by foot on an excellent network of walking trails that criss-cross the island’s volcanic landscape. The spectacular Lidgbird and Gower Mountains project above the surface of the ocean and lead to stunning views from every vantage point. To maintain such an unspoilt paradise, the number of tourists to the island are restricted. Care and consideration from all visitors is vital to the preservation of this unique environment. We stay and dine at the amazing Arajilla Retreat ensuring that you’ll be wowed on and off the track.

Highlights

  • Arajilla accommodation each night in gorgeous ensuite rooms
  • A la carte cooked breakfast and 3-course dinners prepared by Arajilla’s professional chefs.
  • Canapes and cocktails at 5
  • Glass bottom boat trip and (optional) snorkelling on the reef
  • 2 expert guides and loads of fun
  • The most amazing walking on one of the most beautiful islands anywhere in the world

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 3995

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 1590

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1

Arrive on Lord Howe Island mid-afternoon via a direct flight from Sydney, or in some cases from Brisbane. After settling in, we set off on our orientation walk.

Please note, the following itinerary is just a rough guide, days may change depending on tides and weather.

Walks: Easy / 4 km / 1.5 hrs

Meals: Dinner will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat

Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in private rooms with ensuites

DAY 2

A morning walk to Transit Hill’s lookout tower provides panoramic views of the lagoon and ocean. At Blinky Beach, learn about the Kentia palm – a distinctive feature of the island, occurring naturally here and nowhere else in the world. In the afternoon, a reef walk at picturesque Ned’s Beach is a showcase of diverse marine life and vibrantly coloured corals.

Walking: Easy / 9 km / 5 hrs

Meals: All meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat, including a cooked breakfast and an amazing two course dinner in the retreat restaurant. Lunch is a very substantial walkers lunch.

Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in private rooms with ensuites

DAY 3

Exploring the Lord Howe Island walks at the southern end of the island we will tackle a full day circuit walk. Among the many superb bird watching vantage points, Mutton Bird Point is most impressive. This seabird haven is home to a large colony of masked boobies which can be seen plunging into the ocean to feed on fish and squid. Onwards, through stands of unusual prop-rooted Pandanus trees, Boat Harbour’s secluded coral beach makes for a delightful spot for lunch.

The first major climb of the trip ascends 400 metres up the flanks of Mt Lidgbird to Goat House Cave (an easier alternative is available). The last section requires some careful footwork, but fortunately there are fixed ropes to hold on to. Goat House Cave offers remarkable views, a close up look at the aerial acrobatics of the nesting red-tailed tropic birds, and is an excellent test-run for Mt Gower.

Walking: Moderate / 12 km / 6 hrs / easier option available

Meals: All meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat, including a cooked breakfast and an amazing two course dinner in the retreat restaurant. Lunch is a very substantial walkers lunch.

Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in private rooms with ensuites

DAY 4

Another full day on the Lord Howe Island walks, this time in the northern hills of the island – a favourite route among visitors and residents alike. Mt Eliza provides expansive views overlooking the Admiralty Island group, while Malabar Ridge’s vantage points make it easy to linger a while longer. North Beach is the quintessential tropical paradise with palm trees, pristine sandy beach and excellent snorkelling just metres from shore. The delightfully secluded Herring Pools are a microcosm of life, where the relentless ocean has scoured out circular ponds into the rock platforms. Taking a coral viewing boat back, there will be an opportunity to snorkel en route.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 6-9 km / 4-5 hrs

Meals: All meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat, including a cooked breakfast and an amazing two course dinner in the retreat restaurant. Lunch is a very substantial walkers lunch.

Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in private rooms with ensuites

DAY 5

Today, we walk Malabar Hill across the ridge to take in various lookouts. This is a spectacular walk with incredible views back across the island and out to sea as you walk. In the afternoon it’s free time. Various activities are available including snorkelling, deep sea fishing, golfing, biking, tennis, swimming and relaxing on the beach. A visit to the local museum provides a treasure chest of natural history and is a great place to learn more about this unique place.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 9 km / 4 hrs

Meals: All meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat, including a cooked breakfast and an amazing two course dinner in the retreat restaurant. Lunch is a very substantial walkers lunch.

Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in private rooms with ensuites

DAY 6

For those up for the challenge, join a local guide to scale Mt Gower – the highest mountain on Lord Howe Island at 875 metres above sea level. Much of the terrain is rugged and the climb is demanding, but for many this is the highlight of their visit. A trip to Little Island offers a less-strenuous alternative, and is home to one of the rarest birds in the world – the wood hen.

Walking: Challenging / 9 km / 9 hrs / easier option available

Meals: All meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat, including a cooked breakfast and an amazing two course dinner in the retreat restaurant. Lunch is a very substantial walkers lunch.

Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in private rooms with ensuites

DAY 7

Before leaving this paradise behind, a final walk takes visitors to the Valley of the Shadows and the Clear Place. Leaving the island, return flights bound for Sydney or Brisbane depart before lunch.

Walking: Easy / 5 km / 1.5 hrs

Meals: A cooked breakfast prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 2 professional and experienced guides
  • 6 nights’ luxury Arajilla ensuited accommodation
  • Boat trip in lagoon including snorkelling and feeding fish on the reef
  • 3 daily chef-prepared meals including cooked breakfasts and two course dinners
  • Daily cocktails with canapés
  • All transport on the island
  • National park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

For 6 nights, enjoy all the comforts of a 5 star luxurious Arajilla Retreat while taking in the island life. This accommodation is very special and a wonderful platform for us each day to set out from to explore the island.

Healthy and delicious gourmet meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla, this includes breakfast, lunch and dinner – ensuring walkers are better than well fed. On one of the days we walk to one of the many secluded beach locations to eat a delicious bbq lunch by the seaside.

Alcohol and drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

FOR EACH DAY

GENERAL INFO

Flights to the island are only provided by Qantas Link. The earlier you book the better. Most walks are easy to moderate, although track surfaces can be rough and uneven. The two most challenging walks are Goat House Cave and Mt Gower which will suit those who like to challenge themselves a little (that’s a lot on Mount Gower). Although almost everyone always gets up Mt Lidgbird to Goats.  An alternative walk is offered on both those days. As well as hiking we spend time on a boat trip snorkelling on reefs, lazing and BBQ-ing on the beach and sipping champagne at sunset.

See the Bureau of Meteorology for information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

The walk starts at the Lord Howe airport where you will picked up and driven to your accommodation.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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DEPARTURE DATES

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    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
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    $3995

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1590

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  1. Nat M

    16 May, 2018 at 6:52 PM
    5

    “This was an amazing holiday. A nice balance of active days and luxury at night.
    Lord Howe Island is absolutely beautiful. Don’t think of a typical Qld island – it is not full of cafes and restaurants and bars for rowdy drunk tourists. I found it like a friendly country town.
    Arajilla is a stunning place to stay. The rooms are spacious and modern. They provide everything you need – backpack, beachbag, beach towel, slippers, robe (this all helps with the luggage limits) and you can borrow snorkelling gear and bikes and more. The staff are friendly and helpful and magically remember all the things you like. They have a great deal with the retreat, which would usually cost significantly more – to stay there as part of the package is such a treat.
    The food is crazy good. A menu for breakfast! It’s hard to pick. Gourmet sandwiches for packed lunches. A three course fine dining dinner – the food is amazing and the presentation is exquisite. And happy hour at 5.30 is a real treat after an active day, a good chance to rewind with your group and guides and enjoy great wines.
    Marie and Paul are wonderful guides. Patient and considerate of everyone’s experience. Knowledgeable about the Island – flora, fauna and history. They are very warm and funny and great company. I really hope to walk with them again. And little details like bringing varied snacks for trail snacks, and Paul took breathtaking photos the whole trip – he is a great photographer- and spent a lot of time and effort so that we will all have those photos.
    The walks are varied but inevitably involve amazing views, close up experiences of the wildlife and a sense of achievement. The Goat House walk is hard but worth it when you stop to have lunch at a cave overlooking most of the island. Doable at your own pace. There are walks to different lookouts and beaches. You can really cover most of the island.
    Mt Gower is a hard walk, it is really a climb. You need determination, endurance to walk up increasingly steep sections for hours and upper body strength because a significant part requires using ropes to ascend and descend. Unlike other walks, you can’t just deal with the steep bits at your own pace, the group needs to maintain a certain pace to get up and back in 8 – 9 hours. It is slippery if it gets wet and you are navigating slippery boulders and tree roots. BUT I am not a wiry athlete at all and with a sense of determination to just keep going and focus on each step, I did it. I couldn’t have done it without Paul’s encouragement and support and talking me through my fears when I got scared of heights at the cliff sections. I have no doubt it would have been the same if Marie was the guide for that walk that day. Give it a go, you can stop half way. Dean the approved guide from his environmental tour company was very knowledgeable about the Island and the Information he conveyed along the way was really interesting. The rainforest up the top is magical and you are rewarded with great views of the entire island. The providence petrals up there who clumsily crash through the trees when called by Dean were awesome. YouTube them to see what I mean. I really wanted to experience that and I am glad I did.
    The trip includes a snorkelling trip. You must go. I haven’t been snorkelling before and I found it intimidating at first but then amazing to float by the reefs and such beautiful and varied ocean life, including reef sharks and turtles, it’s nice and clear and clean. Others who have done a lot of snorkelling said it rivals the Great Barrier Reef. You don’t have to boat for ages to get there and back, it’s a quick boat ride and plenty of time in the water. We also had a great barbecue by the beach one day and went for a swim and fed the fish.
    On free time you can borrow a bike to explore the island, play golf, go to the museum (they show a Frank Hurley video if you time it right) check out various beaches (you may see turtles), feed the fish or borrow a paddle board at Ned’s beach or hire a kayak and kayak around the lagoon – in an hour I managed a paddle around Rabbit Island (the island in the centre of the lagoon) and back, and I have little kayaking experience.
    Auswalk are a great company to walk with. They are very professional and organised. The staff are so helpful, if you are thinking about a trip but not sure about something, just call or email and ask. The guides are always fantastic. They must negotiate crazy deals so you stay in luxury accomodation whilst the trip prices still rival those of other walking companies. I hope to walk with them, esp Marie and Paul, again.
    Tips – check luggage requirements, your bag really may turn up the next day, so wear your boots and scrunch some shorts and top and underwear in your daypack in case your luggage is delayed. Take washing powder to hand wash your hiking gear so you don’t need 7 lots. Take $1 coins to feed the amazing (big and colourful) fish that will come to you at Ned’s beach, there is a machine that dispenses pellets that takes $1 coins. Take other notes – you can hire boards and paddling gear by honour system at Ned’s beach and the museum is free but takes donations. Look at the time for the evening talks at the museum; for me happy hour ultimately took priority but it’s worth looking at the start of the week (in the info book at Arajilla) because you may prefer to cycle down one evening before dinner.
    This is best holiday I have ever had. Well organised, amazing luxury accomodation and food, great walks, fantastic guides, amazing birds and wildlife, beautiful views and flora, great company, trying new activities – a nice mix of luxury and activity. You’ll love it!”

Overview

OVERVIEW

Swaying palm trees, breathtaking coastal scenery, a crystal-clear lagoon and the southern-most coral reef in the world, all bless this World Heritage Site.The island’s isolation in the Pacific Ocean makes it home to 64 species of unique rainforest plants, teeming seabird colonies and one of the rarest birds in the world. Yet it remains only a couple of hours flight from either Sydney or Brisbane.

Travel on this island is done primarily by foot on an excellent network of walking trails that criss-cross the island’s volcanic landscape. The spectacular Lidgbird and Gower Mountains project above the surface of the ocean and lead to stunning views from every vantage point. To maintain such an unspoilt paradise, the number of tourists to the island are restricted. Care and consideration from all visitors is vital to the preservation of this unique environment. We stay and dine at the amazing Arajilla Retreat ensuring that you’ll be wowed on and off the track.

Highlights

  • Arajilla accommodation each night in gorgeous ensuite rooms
  • A la carte cooked breakfast and 3-course dinners prepared by Arajilla’s professional chefs.
  • Canapes and cocktails at 5
  • Glass bottom boat trip and (optional) snorkelling on the reef
  • 2 expert guides and loads of fun
  • The most amazing walking on one of the most beautiful islands anywhere in the world

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 3995

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 1590

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1

Arrive on Lord Howe Island mid-afternoon via a direct flight from Sydney, or in some cases from Brisbane. After settling in, we set off on our orientation walk.

Please note, the following itinerary is just a rough guide, days may change depending on tides and weather.

Walks: Easy / 4 km / 1.5 hrs

Meals: Dinner will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat

Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in private rooms with ensuites

DAY 2

A morning walk to Transit Hill’s lookout tower provides panoramic views of the lagoon and ocean. At Blinky Beach, learn about the Kentia palm – a distinctive feature of the island, occurring naturally here and nowhere else in the world. In the afternoon, a reef walk at picturesque Ned’s Beach is a showcase of diverse marine life and vibrantly coloured corals.

Walking: Easy / 9 km / 5 hrs

Meals: All meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat, including a cooked breakfast and an amazing two course dinner in the retreat restaurant. Lunch is a very substantial walkers lunch.

Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in private rooms with ensuites

DAY 3

Exploring the Lord Howe Island walks at the southern end of the island we will tackle a full day circuit walk. Among the many superb bird watching vantage points, Mutton Bird Point is most impressive. This seabird haven is home to a large colony of masked boobies which can be seen plunging into the ocean to feed on fish and squid. Onwards, through stands of unusual prop-rooted Pandanus trees, Boat Harbour’s secluded coral beach makes for a delightful spot for lunch.

The first major climb of the trip ascends 400 metres up the flanks of Mt Lidgbird to Goat House Cave (an easier alternative is available). The last section requires some careful footwork, but fortunately there are fixed ropes to hold on to. Goat House Cave offers remarkable views, a close up look at the aerial acrobatics of the nesting red-tailed tropic birds, and is an excellent test-run for Mt Gower.

Walking: Moderate / 12 km / 6 hrs / easier option available

Meals: All meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat, including a cooked breakfast and an amazing two course dinner in the retreat restaurant. Lunch is a very substantial walkers lunch.

Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in private rooms with ensuites

DAY 4

Another full day on the Lord Howe Island walks, this time in the northern hills of the island – a favourite route among visitors and residents alike. Mt Eliza provides expansive views overlooking the Admiralty Island group, while Malabar Ridge’s vantage points make it easy to linger a while longer. North Beach is the quintessential tropical paradise with palm trees, pristine sandy beach and excellent snorkelling just metres from shore. The delightfully secluded Herring Pools are a microcosm of life, where the relentless ocean has scoured out circular ponds into the rock platforms. Taking a coral viewing boat back, there will be an opportunity to snorkel en route.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 6-9 km / 4-5 hrs

Meals: All meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat, including a cooked breakfast and an amazing two course dinner in the retreat restaurant. Lunch is a very substantial walkers lunch.

Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in private rooms with ensuites

DAY 5

Today, we walk Malabar Hill across the ridge to take in various lookouts. This is a spectacular walk with incredible views back across the island and out to sea as you walk. In the afternoon it’s free time. Various activities are available including snorkelling, deep sea fishing, golfing, biking, tennis, swimming and relaxing on the beach. A visit to the local museum provides a treasure chest of natural history and is a great place to learn more about this unique place.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 9 km / 4 hrs

Meals: All meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat, including a cooked breakfast and an amazing two course dinner in the retreat restaurant. Lunch is a very substantial walkers lunch.

Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in private rooms with ensuites

DAY 6

For those up for the challenge, join a local guide to scale Mt Gower – the highest mountain on Lord Howe Island at 875 metres above sea level. Much of the terrain is rugged and the climb is demanding, but for many this is the highlight of their visit. A trip to Little Island offers a less-strenuous alternative, and is home to one of the rarest birds in the world – the wood hen.

Walking: Challenging / 9 km / 9 hrs / easier option available

Meals: All meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat, including a cooked breakfast and an amazing two course dinner in the retreat restaurant. Lunch is a very substantial walkers lunch.

Accommodation: Arajilla Retreat in private rooms with ensuites

DAY 7

Before leaving this paradise behind, a final walk takes visitors to the Valley of the Shadows and the Clear Place. Leaving the island, return flights bound for Sydney or Brisbane depart before lunch.

Walking: Easy / 5 km / 1.5 hrs

Meals: A cooked breakfast prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla Retreat

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 2 professional and experienced guides
  • 6 nights’ luxury Arajilla ensuited accommodation
  • Boat trip in lagoon including snorkelling and feeding fish on the reef
  • 3 daily chef-prepared meals including cooked breakfasts and two course dinners
  • Daily cocktails with canapés
  • All transport on the island
  • National park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

For 6 nights, enjoy all the comforts of a 5 star luxurious Arajilla Retreat while taking in the island life. This accommodation is very special and a wonderful platform for us each day to set out from to explore the island.

Healthy and delicious gourmet meals will be prepared by the in-house chefs at Arajilla, this includes breakfast, lunch and dinner – ensuring walkers are better than well fed. On one of the days we walk to one of the many secluded beach locations to eat a delicious bbq lunch by the seaside.

Alcohol and drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

FOR EACH DAY

General Info

GENERAL INFO

Flights to the island are only provided by Qantas Link. The earlier you book the better. Most walks are easy to moderate, although track surfaces can be rough and uneven. The two most challenging walks are Goat House Cave and Mt Gower which will suit those who like to challenge themselves a little (that’s a lot on Mount Gower). Although almost everyone always gets up Mt Lidgbird to Goats.  An alternative walk is offered on both those days. As well as hiking we spend time on a boat trip snorkelling on reefs, lazing and BBQ-ing on the beach and sipping champagne at sunset.

See the Bureau of Meteorology for information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

The walk starts at the Lord Howe airport where you will picked up and driven to your accommodation.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1590
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  1. Nat M

    16 May, 2018 at 6:52 PM
    5

    “This was an amazing holiday. A nice balance of active days and luxury at night.
    Lord Howe Island is absolutely beautiful. Don’t think of a typical Qld island – it is not full of cafes and restaurants and bars for rowdy drunk tourists. I found it like a friendly country town.
    Arajilla is a stunning place to stay. The rooms are spacious and modern. They provide everything you need – backpack, beachbag, beach towel, slippers, robe (this all helps with the luggage limits) and you can borrow snorkelling gear and bikes and more. The staff are friendly and helpful and magically remember all the things you like. They have a great deal with the retreat, which would usually cost significantly more – to stay there as part of the package is such a treat.
    The food is crazy good. A menu for breakfast! It’s hard to pick. Gourmet sandwiches for packed lunches. A three course fine dining dinner – the food is amazing and the presentation is exquisite. And happy hour at 5.30 is a real treat after an active day, a good chance to rewind with your group and guides and enjoy great wines.
    Marie and Paul are wonderful guides. Patient and considerate of everyone’s experience. Knowledgeable about the Island – flora, fauna and history. They are very warm and funny and great company. I really hope to walk with them again. And little details like bringing varied snacks for trail snacks, and Paul took breathtaking photos the whole trip – he is a great photographer- and spent a lot of time and effort so that we will all have those photos.
    The walks are varied but inevitably involve amazing views, close up experiences of the wildlife and a sense of achievement. The Goat House walk is hard but worth it when you stop to have lunch at a cave overlooking most of the island. Doable at your own pace. There are walks to different lookouts and beaches. You can really cover most of the island.
    Mt Gower is a hard walk, it is really a climb. You need determination, endurance to walk up increasingly steep sections for hours and upper body strength because a significant part requires using ropes to ascend and descend. Unlike other walks, you can’t just deal with the steep bits at your own pace, the group needs to maintain a certain pace to get up and back in 8 – 9 hours. It is slippery if it gets wet and you are navigating slippery boulders and tree roots. BUT I am not a wiry athlete at all and with a sense of determination to just keep going and focus on each step, I did it. I couldn’t have done it without Paul’s encouragement and support and talking me through my fears when I got scared of heights at the cliff sections. I have no doubt it would have been the same if Marie was the guide for that walk that day. Give it a go, you can stop half way. Dean the approved guide from his environmental tour company was very knowledgeable about the Island and the Information he conveyed along the way was really interesting. The rainforest up the top is magical and you are rewarded with great views of the entire island. The providence petrals up there who clumsily crash through the trees when called by Dean were awesome. YouTube them to see what I mean. I really wanted to experience that and I am glad I did.
    The trip includes a snorkelling trip. You must go. I haven’t been snorkelling before and I found it intimidating at first but then amazing to float by the reefs and such beautiful and varied ocean life, including reef sharks and turtles, it’s nice and clear and clean. Others who have done a lot of snorkelling said it rivals the Great Barrier Reef. You don’t have to boat for ages to get there and back, it’s a quick boat ride and plenty of time in the water. We also had a great barbecue by the beach one day and went for a swim and fed the fish.
    On free time you can borrow a bike to explore the island, play golf, go to the museum (they show a Frank Hurley video if you time it right) check out various beaches (you may see turtles), feed the fish or borrow a paddle board at Ned’s beach or hire a kayak and kayak around the lagoon – in an hour I managed a paddle around Rabbit Island (the island in the centre of the lagoon) and back, and I have little kayaking experience.
    Auswalk are a great company to walk with. They are very professional and organised. The staff are so helpful, if you are thinking about a trip but not sure about something, just call or email and ask. The guides are always fantastic. They must negotiate crazy deals so you stay in luxury accomodation whilst the trip prices still rival those of other walking companies. I hope to walk with them, esp Marie and Paul, again.
    Tips – check luggage requirements, your bag really may turn up the next day, so wear your boots and scrunch some shorts and top and underwear in your daypack in case your luggage is delayed. Take washing powder to hand wash your hiking gear so you don’t need 7 lots. Take $1 coins to feed the amazing (big and colourful) fish that will come to you at Ned’s beach, there is a machine that dispenses pellets that takes $1 coins. Take other notes – you can hire boards and paddling gear by honour system at Ned’s beach and the museum is free but takes donations. Look at the time for the evening talks at the museum; for me happy hour ultimately took priority but it’s worth looking at the start of the week (in the info book at Arajilla) because you may prefer to cycle down one evening before dinner.
    This is best holiday I have ever had. Well organised, amazing luxury accomodation and food, great walks, fantastic guides, amazing birds and wildlife, beautiful views and flora, great company, trying new activities – a nice mix of luxury and activity. You’ll love it!”

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