A Hidden Australian Paradise!
All aboard as we head off to Melbourne to stay overnight at the Best Western Airport Lodge. Get a good nights sleep! we have an early start tomorrow.
This morning make your way down to have a delicious hot and cold buffet breakfast. Once checked out take a shuttle from our hotel to the Melbourne airport for our Domestic flight to Lord Howe Island. Our flight details are as followed
Flight: QF0420 Dep: MEL Time: 09.30am Arrival: SYD Time: 10.55am
Flight: QF2260 Dep: SYD Time: 12.10pm Arrival: LDH Time: 02.10pm.
Once arrived in Lord Howe Island you will be transferred to the beautiful Somerset apartments which will be your home for the next six nights. Somerset apartments are situated on Neds beach which is perfectly located near the shops,cafes and local walking tracks.Take the afternoon to explorer the Island or maybe pop down to the Cafe to use your free coffee and muffin voucher. Dinner will be a two course meal served at the Anchorage Restaurant.
This morning half of the group will take a refreshing Island Bus Tour introduction on what to do on Lord Howe, where to go and how to do it. Learn everything about the island there is to know. Meanwhile the other half of the group will take part in an Around Island Cruise. The 2 hour cruise enables passengers to relax and enjoy the breath taking views all around Lord Howe Island including the spectacular image of Balls Pyramid creeping up in the distance and sheer mountain cliffs. During part of the 2 hour cruise you will approach the Admiralty Islands which are home to a large percentage of the Islands bird population. After lunch at the Coral Cafe the two groups will swap and enjoy the other activity. Dinner tonight will be a traditional three course Fish Fry at Beachcomber.
This morning following breakfast, we head off for a wonderful day tour as we take part in the North Bay Turtle & Nature Tour. View the large variety of fish, turtles, stingrays and amazing corals of the worlds southern most barrier reef on our glass bottom boat, Adventure One. While exploring North Bay you can climb up Mt Eliza, walk to the Old Gulch or Herring Pools, view the sea bird rookery (seasonal), swim or just sit and laze the day away. Amazing snorkel opportunity is provided through our optional snorkel of the wreck of the Favourite ran aground here in 1965. A BBQ lunch is included. Dinner will be served at the Milk way Restaurant tonight.
This morning we enjoy a leisurely breakfast, following by a free morning to do as you please. Maybe take the opportunity to do some more island exploring, or simply relax and take in the beautiful surrounds. In the afternoon we take part in Coral Viewing with Environmental Tours. This two hour tour focuses on exploring the profuse coral seascape and introduces visitors to some of the more unusual lagoon inhabitants such as the endemic double header wrasse, stingrays and turtles. This tour provides an optional snorkeling experience at Erscotts Hole or you can just relax on the boat and view the stunning diversity of the exotic marine location. This afternoon lunch will be served at the Coral Cafe and then for Dinner tonight will be at the Bowling Club
This morning we enjoy breakfast and then head out on our Walk to Little Island with Ron. Walk the Little Island Track to view the spectacular aerial courtship displays by the winter breeding providence petrel. One of the worlds rarest birds, the providence petrel returns to the island to nest and can be called out of the air, landing at your feet and even climbing into your lap! Today lunch is at the Anchorage Restaurant. This afternoon we enjoy Historical Movies at the local hall. A showing of three short historical movies from the flying boat days, held at the Community Hall. Tonights 2-course dinner is at the Coral Cafe
Following Breakfast spend the last day on the Island as free day to do some of your own exploring. Walk on the beautiful trails, snorkel with some of the most vibrant marine life or simply laze on the beach. This Island also has a fantastic Golf Course for those that would like a hit as well as many other optional tours to take your pick from.
Following breakfast we have a leisurely morning before making our way back to the main land. Say good bye to paradise as we follow the below flight plan, once arrived in Melbourne a Cardwells vehicle will be waiting to collect you and take you back to your local towns. An optional tea stop will be made on the return for those that are hungry
Flight: QF2263 Dep: LDH 12.55pm Arrival: SYD 3.05pm
Flight: QF0447 Dep: SYD 4.00pm Arrival: MEL 5.35pm