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Albury - Lord Howe Island Wednesday 5th May, 2021
Welcome to a wonderful experience with Martins Albury Travel Group for our tour to Lord Howe Island. Our group will assemble at Albury Airport for a 5.30am check-in, then depart Albury with Qantaslink Flight No QF2202 at 6.35am. Arriving into Sydney at 7.50am we have plenty of time before our connecting flight QF2260 at 11.55am to Lord Howe Island. On arrival at 2.25pm we are met by our local host and transferred to our hotel. After settling in we have some time to unpack before we make our way to dinner at the Anchorage Restaurant.
Accommodation: Blue Lagoon Lodge, Lord Howe Ph: 02 6563 2006
Orientation Thursday 6th May
After breakfast at the Anchorage Restaurant (each day), depart on our Chase ‘n’ Thyme Half Day Island Tour. We are collected from the restaurant for a great introduction to the island. The tour gives a fascinating insight into the flora, fauna and also the unique Island way of life. Learning about Lord Howe Island from early settlement days until now is totally intriguing. We are even invited to the home of a local for morning tea. Our tour includes explanation at every venue on the island including the waste and re-cycling centre (which is more interesting than you may imagine)! Lunch has been arranged for us at the Museum. Today, if the weather is good we will take the opportunity to do our Around Island Cruise. The cruise takes us close to the stunning vertical cliffs of Mt Gower and Mount Lidgbird. Ball’s Pyramid can be seen in the distance on our way around the island. Cruise past the Admiralty Isles, see the arch, the Gulch and the Herring Pools. Bird life is in abundance on the island and it’s a great opportunity to see some of them, such as the red-tailed tropic bird, masked boobies, sooty terns and common noddies that nest on the cliffs and outer islands.
(All activities are determined by weather conditions.)
There will be a chance to freshen up before we head out to Dinner at the Coral Cafe.
North Bay & The Milky Way Friday 7th May
We have a “Big Day Out” planned today. Our Marine Adventures team will be taking us on an in-depth tour of the North Bay of the island. Here we can view the large variety of fish, turtles, stingrays and amazing corals of the world’s southern-most barrier reef on a glass bottom boat. The islands history of marine life will be portrayed with the relaxed commentary through the eyes of a sixth generation islander. There is an opportunity to snorkel in waters with some of the best visibility available. Lunch has been included on the beach and take a guided walk along the beach where the birdlife is prolific. At 5pm we will be picked up to go to see historical movies at the local Community Hall. The movies run for an hour and all proceeds go to the local island school to help the students get off the island for an annual excursion.
Dinner tonight is at the Golf Club.
South of the Island Saturday 8th May
Today take a Glass Bottom Boat trip on the lagoon. The brilliant blue lagoon is formed by a natural barrier of 6km of the world’s southernmost coral reef. The waters are home to more than 500 species of fish and 90 species of coral. See beautiful coral outcrops, surging stands of algae, colourful sponges and a wonderful array of fish life as we cruise over Comets Hole and Erscotts Hole. There is the opportunity to go snorkelling if we wish. Our afternoon is free to do as we wish (all expenses at passengers’ own cost this afternoon). Options include hiring a bike to see the island at our own pace, take a walk, go for a swim or your guide can even arrange a fishing trip, diving or simply go back to the apartment for a rest. After a magnificent day we have some time to rest up and get changed for dinner at the Milky Way Restaurant which is only open a couple of nights a week but is sure to be a good meal.
Rambling Ronnie Sunday 9th May
This morning we are introduced to 'Ramblin’ Ronnie'. We will be kept informed, and at times amused, wandering through unique forest and learn some history, about the area where we may also encounter the Lord Howe Island Woodhen, a brown flightless bird almost extinct in the 1970’s but after a successful program in the 1980’s, now has a stable population. The remainder of the day is free before heading out for dinner at the Anchorage Restaurant.
Lord Howe Iland - Albury Monday 10th May
Today we sadly farewell Lord Howe Island and our new found friends after a fantastic time on this iconic island. Our Qantaslink flight No QF2261 departs at 2.55pm and arrives back in Sydney at 4.40pm, we then have some free time before our 7.05pm Qantaslink flight that arrives back into Albury at 8.20pm.
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