Hiking Lord Howe Island – Must do hikes, views & attractions

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A bucket list destination you never knew you had, Lord Howe Island is one of Australia’s best kept secrets. Surrounded by crystal clear reef to snorkel in, Lord Howe is characterised by tropical heat, palm trees and volcanic mountains to hike. Sound idyllic? I promise you, this is a destination you’ll never want to leave. To help you plan your stay here, I’ve put together a list of the “must do” experiences on the island, covering the best hikes, viewpoints and attractions not to be missed!

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Mount Gower

Undeniably the island’s most iconic hike is an all-day trek that starts early in the morning and finished some 8-10 hours later. Mount Gower must be hiked with a trained guide, not only because the trail is unmarked but also due to the sheer cliff faces you are about to look down over, hanging on to a rope and with a hard hat no less! As the highest point on the island and with panoramic views (often obstructed by clouds which only adds to the aesthetics), this is for sure a must do on the island.

Disclaimer: my luggage arrived 24 hours after I did on the island which prevented me from hiking Mount Gower as planned. Major bummer but it just means I’ll have to go back!

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Goat House Cave

The second most renowned hike on the island can be completed without a guide, so I set off on this hike instead. Goat House Cave is a class 4 hike (as compared to Mount Gower – class 5), so while it is no easy feat, it is well worth the effort for those views of the island from above! Start your hike by climbing “Intermediate Hill” and follow it up with the track to Goat House Cave. On the return you can hike back the same way, venture onwards to the coast, or take a leisurely stroll down hill toward Lagoon Road and back to your starting point.

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Intermediate Hill

You’ve got two options for where to commence the trek to Goat House Cave and if you ask me, a great way to start is with Intermediate Hill! At the time this track felt like a knife driving in to my calf muscles, but upon reflection it felt more like a warm up to Goat House! This track gives you a great kick start to the day and offers reasonable views over the island.

Kim’s Lookout

As one of the best view points to see the whole island and Mount Gower in the distance, Kim’s lookout was one of my favourite short hikes on the island. Starting from the beach I made my way up to the lookout for sunset, as this is certain to be one of the best sunset views on the entire island.

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Malabar Hill

From Kim’s you can keep venturing onwards to Malabar Hill, even hiking all the way down in to Ned’s Beach if you wish! This hike is highly regarded by locals as offering the best views on the entire island – especially for sunset photos!

North Beach, Old Gulch & The Herring Pools

Before I ventured toward Kim’s Lookout and Malabar Hill, I made my way down to North Beach with the intentions to walk to Old Gulch at low tide and reach the Herring Pools nearby. Sadly the area was inundated with water after the tail end of a cyclone had passed through some days earlier. Next time!

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Ned’s Beach

Although not a hike as such, this list of must see attractions on the island would be incomplete without mention on Ned’s Beach! This is not only the most popular beach on the island, but also the filming location for Hollywood blockbuster The Shallows featuring Blake Lively. But fear not – Ned’s is a great place to snorkel with kingfish, sea turtles and Galapagos sharks!

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Thanks to Destination NSW for welcoming me to Lord Howe Island as part of their new #ILoveNSW campaign! Share what you love about holidays in NSW including the places you visit and the experiences you uncover. Upload your NSW holiday videos and photos to using #ILoveNSW – the best videos selected will feature in a collection of films produced by Destination NSW and go into the draw to win Canon Prize Packs.

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    May 9, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    this is a destination you’ll never want to leave. Really. We’re want to find the hotel that that

    May 8, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Hiking it’s a really tough job but it’s worth it! The view from the top it’s always the prize!

    May 5, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    The place looks so peaceful. It’s perfect for people wanting to relax. Thanks.

    Sarah charpentier
    May 4, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Omg <3

    Ujjawal Kumar
    May 2, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Its really amazing blog with very much helpful information, thank you so much for writing this great blog here for us.

    May 1, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Hello there! This is the first time I am posting a comment on your blog – have to let you know how much you inspired me to start my blog @thingstodot! I really enjoy reading your posts… and now I am inspired to go to Australia!

    April 28, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Wow, what an amazing place! Kim’s Lookout looks incredible – Lord Howe Island is definitely a place we would love to visit someday! Awesome article 🙂

    April 27, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I can’t believe I live in NSW and have never been here! The hikes look incredible! xx

    Bilal Tahir Khan
    April 27, 2017 at 2:06 am

    it is So Beautiful.Thanks for Sharing with us.

    April 25, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    It looks stunning! I would love to go for a hike 🙂

    Sandhya Singh
    April 25, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Its really amazing blog with very much helpful information, thank you so much for writing this great blog here for us.

    April 25, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I was lucky enough to visit the island in October last year. I can totally agree, it’s too beautiful for words!
    The whole life on this island seems slower in a way, with no phone service and a speed limit. No better place to refuel your tanks

    April 25, 2017 at 6:15 am

    These are all so stunning! I would seriously do every one of these hikes. Hiking with these views would be an amazing experience. 🙂


    Danielle Theriault
    April 18, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    On first glance I thought this was somewhere like Hawaii. Absolutely stunning! |

    April 18, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    As a Sydneysider I can’t believe this place is right on our doorstep. It looks like you’ve been back hiking in Tahiti haha. Just goes to show that there is so much to see in our own back yards! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      April 23, 2017 at 9:00 am

      I know right!!! I really love Norfolk Island too – there’s so much to discover back here in Oz! xx

    April 18, 2017 at 4:42 am

    These hikes look awesome!

    April 18, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Such amazing views, and what a gorgeous hike. Would love to visit!


    • Brooke Saward
      April 23, 2017 at 9:03 am

      It was soon beautiful! 🙂

    Vidyut Rautela - Writer, The Himalyan Tsunami
    April 17, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Stunning views! I guess there is no such thing as too much Sun! (Though it’s very hot in here in Bangalore, India )

    Juliette @ Namastay Traveling
    April 17, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Ned’s beach looks amazing! Love that these beautiful attractions are an escape for a lot of the touristy areas.

    • Brooke Saward
      April 23, 2017 at 9:05 am

      It was so beautiful! After my visit I watched “In the Shallows” with Blake Lively which was filmed there recently – the island is too pretty for words!!