Lord Howe Island

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  • Day2

    Lord Howe Island

    November 21, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today was my birthday treat, climbing Mt Gower, 8 hours of up and down. It is a very tough walk and I feel very privileged to have been able to do it. It is one of only three cloud forests in Australia. The other two are on the highest mountains in Nth Qld. Suffice to say I am feeling a bit knackered tonight. It really was amazing, I got to see a whole lot of rare plants that grow nowhere else in the world except on Lord Howe Island, such as the pumpkin tree it's nearest relative is the African violet way over in Equitorial Africa! Go figure. I also got to see the Lord Howe Island Woodhen a bird virtually brought back from near extinction and now thriving. Weno enjoyed her day walking around the township and spending some time on the beach. All in all a great dayRead more

  • Day4

    Lord Howe Island

    November 23, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    We woke up to blue skies this morning and decided we would do some kayaking and maybe snorkelling later. Heading down to the hire place you could see the dust haze across the mountains from the dust storms that hit Sydney yesterday, the dust haze persisted for most of the morning. It was a big day for Weno today as she tried out kayaking and later went snorkelling as well. We hired a double kayak and went for a spin down the lagoon towards the airport (we were talking to some people at dinner who had arrived today and they had flown over a double kayak on landing, that was us!) Wendy did really well and when we got back I went out in a single kayak for a bit of a spin by myself. After lunch we went back down to the lagoon and I showed Weno how to snorkel. She really enjoyed it ( except when I touched her leg oops!) we saw some coral, lots of different fish and some Nudibrachs, finished the day with a bit of sun backing.Read more

  • Day1

    Lord Howe Island & Sydney November 2018

    November 20, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    And so we have found paradise! What a place, I had forgotten how picturesque this place is, just so beautiful, our accomodation is very comfortable and we have just staggered back from dinner after a number of pre dinner cocktails and wine. The food here is excellent and I don't think we will be wanting for anything. We did a bit of exploring in the afternoon and then went down to Old Settlement Beach where I got to swim with some turtles! Seriously, it just blew me away, just a fantastic experience. I am all prepared for tomorrow as I am off to climb Mt Gower , an 8 hour trek. Wish me luck! Weno is going to check out the beach scene while I am gone.Read more

  • Day5

    Lord Howe Island

    November 24, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    The morning started off stormy and our fishing trip was cancelled due to the rough weather, 3-4 metre swell offshore, had a slow start then went out with the umbrella and watched the supply boat being unloaded. This ship comes over from Port Macquarie about every two weeks and brings a vast assortment of thing that the islanders need /want / wish for. The weather cleared enough to go walking so we did some forest walking and then headed done to Neds Beach. This area was quite popular today as it was out of the wind. This is the beach where the fish are fed and there are stacks of them in the water! There was also a big Tern rookery in the sand dunes behind the beach. Spent a bit of time on the beach in the afternoon then back for happy hour.Read more

  • Day6

    Lord Howe Island

    November 25, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    We had torrential rain overnight but woke up to reasonably clear skies. We took ourselves for a walk along the foreshore of the lagoon this morning, then when we got back to our room we packed our backpacks with lunch and snorkelling gear and did the walk over to North Bay. This walk is pretty much straight up and then straight down to the beach at North Bay. We had lunch and I then had a quick snorkel, saw some turtles but the visibility was not very good. The weather turned for the worse as we got back and there was some heavy rain, cleared quickly and I was able to go down to Old Settlement Beach and do some more snorkelling there out to a spot called Sylphs hole. A great spot, so many different fish and corals it was just amazing! Glad I got to do it. All in all a good day.Read more

  • Day7

    Lord Howe Island

    November 26, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 21 °C

    Was a very windy day with occasional squalls on the island thus curtailing most activities. We did get a bit of walking in and the afternoon was spent over at Neds beach which was a bit protected from the weather. Fish feeding was the activity of the day over there. I was lucky enough to get a snorkel in at about 7.30am down at Old Settlement beach before the weather changed. The fish life on the reef here is just amazing, huge variety and sizes. There were some pretty big fish down there up to a metre in size. The iridescent colours of the coral was also pretty special and to be able to swim in such a healthy environment is a real privilege with memories we will treasure forever.Read more

  • Day3

    Lord Howe Island

    November 22, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Well the weather has certainly taken a turn for the worse here. Torrential rain overnight with showers on and off during the day. We ventured out this morning and walked over to the eastern side of the island ( the bit that faces New Zealand ). While being quite overcast it is not cold, we walked over to a place called Middle Beach, it is quite different to the western side which is protected by the coral reef. This side is exposed to the full fury of the ocean and is very rugged. Strolled back for lunch then off for a massage to ease my aching muscles and a relaxing afternoon.Read more

  • Day5

    Another day on Lord Howe Island

    February 5, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Determined to join the cycling tourists today so first stop should have been Wilsons Cycle Hire. Instead got sidetracked by the local museum which for a very small island is a very good one - didn't get to see it all and then couldn't resist the allure of the cakes at the Museum cafe.

    Finally got the bikes and slowly wobbled off down the Lagoon road which fortunately was empty.
    Visited more of the beaches along the lagoon and on to the Catalina monument commemorating the loss of seven lives from a Catalina flying boat which crashed in 1948. Amazingly large pieces of wreckage are still lying in the paddock 69 years later. Cycled back to The Treehouse our accomodation or at least tried to. Too many uphill sections for me so had to resort to walking and pushing a few times.

    Afternoon was spent walking to Transit hill lookout which gives 360 degree views. Although only 27 degrees C the humidity of 70 percent is really getting to me and I began to take on the hue of a beetroot. The track wasn't difficult but it was of course uphill so absolutely exhausting in the humidity. A lot of the path was through dense Pandanus and Kentia palm forest but no nasties to worry about as there are no snakes here. Saw an emerald ground dove and the sweetesr pair of white terns - oddly they don't make nests they balance a solitary egg on a branch.
    Lots of flowering hibiscus especially the yellow variety and frangipani. 58 percent of the plants here are found nowhere else in the world a staggering fact.
    The view from the top was worth every step. I can see I am going to run out of superlatives in describing this place.

    The empty main road perfect for wobbly cyclists
    White terns
    The Island Trader bringing supplies every two weeks
    Track through the palm forest
    Pandanus tree
    View from Transit Hill
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  • Day10

    Clear Place

    February 10, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Quiet morning. Casual ride to one of the boat sheds to book a Round Island tour for tomorrow, picked up a cheese, capsicum and red onion pull apart loaf from the island's only bakery and sat on our favorite bench overlooking the lagoon munching contentedly.
    In the afternoon decided to walk to Clear Place where you can sit and watch the aerial displays of the sea birds which have colonies on the nearby cliffs. A much easier track than others we have followed through superb Banyan forest. Whilst there are Banyans everywhere the ones on this track are so much bigger. Muttonbird burrows everywhere but no sign of the birds themselves. The track came out at the far end of Middle Beach. The cliffs here are very high and steep and the steps down to the beach so numerous we didn't want to contemplate the walk back up so gave it a miss. Instead we sat on a bench and marvelled at the colour of the sea. Next to us wad a plaque commemorating 20 year old Jake who went snorkelling and was never seen again. Such a tradegy for a young man in a beautiful place.
    Continued along the track to Clear Place and were delighted to realise that you can see Balls Pyramid from here. Rising 561 metres sheer from the sea it was an awesome sight even though it was 23 kilometres away.
    With much patience and sharing of the binoculars we identified the Red tailed Tropic Bird, Sooty Terns and we are fairly sure the Providence Petrel. There is a story which says that if you call the Petrel it will land nearby. So the old geologist gave it a go and called to the next pair we saw. They swooped down low and ......... crapped .... on both of us! So much for that story.
    We sat for ages watching the arial courtship displays but found it difficult to identify other seabirds although a lovely twittering flock of Lord Howe White Eyes landed in a bush close to us.

    In the evening we booked a table at the Coral Cafe and had a great meal amongst the Palm trees. Although the sun had just gone down we ambled down to the Lagoon beach to watch the stars come out and were thrilled to see Muttonbirds flying in to their burrows. We could hear the plaintive cries of the babies which at times sounded almost puppy like.
    Intetesting walk back to The Treehouse in the dark. No street lights on the Island and as the houses are all set back and surrounded by trees no visible house lights to guide us. Fortunatly we were advised to bring torches with us so we staggered stafely back up the hill safely. One thing I won't miss is walking up that hill!

    Huge Banyan tree
    Middle beach from above
    View from Clear Place
    Cave in the cliff
    Island Post Office
    Community Hall where we watched old Island films for the local school fund raiser.
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  • Day4

    Lord Howe Island

    February 4, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We are really here. Almost 19 years ago we promised each other we would come here one day so it's taken a while.
    The flight in a little Dash 8 was uneventful nothing to see out of the window until the island came into view and I couldn't even see that with the engine and propeller in the way.
    The sight from the airfield was breath taking, the huge mass of Mt Lidgbird and Mt Gower even bigger than tourist photos suggested. Everywhere so green, massed palm trees and the background chorus of cicadas.
    The welcoming committee of the accomodation owners was a lovely surprise as they took our baggage and drove us into 'town'. Very few cars here and a speed limit of 25km most people walk or cycle. Everyone waves to everyone else as they pass by.
    The shops, cafes, post office, houses etc are pretty much hidden away in the trees, no shopping street here. The trees are so lush it's hard to see through them.
    The lagoon is picture perfect, you would think the colours had been photoshopped. And everytime you look South the two mountains dominate.
    This is bliss.
    The view from the airfield
    The road to the lagoon (hidden shops amongst the greenery)
    The lagoon with Mt Lidgbird and Mt Gower
    The view from our balcony
    Sunset from the balcony
    The balcony at the treehouse
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