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