Special week-long tours
Held in March and November each year this is a week of exploring the island to discover, observe and learn about Australia’s best seabird island. The itinerary includes guided walks, seabird cruises and lectures.
Held in December each year to coincide with peak flowering time of our endemic plants. The itinerary covers most of the walks, culminating in the 9-hour return climb of Mount Gower to experience the largest range of plant species and the moss forest on the summit.
Each day visit a different location on the island to hone your skills at photographing various subjects such a landscape, birds, marine life, flora and macro subjects. Evening lectures on digital camera function, Lightroom and Photoshop techniques.
Bush regeneration tours
The most popular tour where you can assist with conservation of this World Heritage Island. Each morning is spent assisting the Lord Howe Island Board with weed eradication, replanting projects or weed monitoring. Afternoons are spent exploring the island walking tracks discovering and learning about the plants, birds and marine life; with evening lectures.
When you are visiting the island join Ian for a day or half day excursion to discover the secrets of Lord Howe Island:
Low tide marine walk
Three hours exploring the fascinating life in the intertidal areas- you will be surprised by the abundant animals living here – and their unique stories of survival.
Seabird cruise to Ball’s Pyramid
The most popular seabird activity for the enthusiast run by Ian since 2001. Visit Ball’s Pyramid to see many seabirds, including the Kermadec petrel, White-bellied storm petrel. In autumn and winter the chance to see albatross and other southern birds moving into our latitude.
Visit on a half day or full day excursion to remote North Bay to enjoy a close look at geology, birds, plants and marine life with snorkeling included.
If you have a small or large group interested in a comprehensive natural history or birding tour, Ian can arrange a week to suit your interests and fitness.
If you are on the island and would like a personal guided day or half day tour Ian can do that to your needs and interests.
From time to time Ian also runs comprehensive nature tours to other destinations.
In 2012 Ian ran a geology tour with Robert Coenraads to Hawaii – the birth of Lord Howe Island. This trip was organised especially for Friends of Lord Howe Island members following requests from people intrigued by the story of how Lord Howe Island formed 7 million years ago. The Big Island of Hawaii is the world’s most continuous active hotspot volcano so is the ideal place to visit and see first hand the formation of Lord Howe Island. The tour was based at Volcano village 1000 metres above sea level where our accommodation was at Kilauea Lodge, a beautiful traditional guesthouse set in rainforest with tree ferns, well-appointed rooms, restaurant and facilities.
Over a full week the group was introduced to the various processes of volcanic geology, aided by lively, expert commentary along walking trails and lookouts. This was supplemented by visits to the Volcano Visitor Information Centre with excellent interpretive displays, and the Jagger Geological Museum. On various days the group travelled far from their base – exploring the quaint old town of Hilo with its ramshackled architecture and Tsunami Museum. Another trip was a day visit to Mauna Kea, the highest peak in the Central Pacific at 4,205 m above sea level (10,200m, when measured from its base on the sea floor). Another long excursion was to the southeast corner and witness a black sand beach, swim in warm pools and a visit to the hippie settlement at Kalapana. On the second last day the group flew back to Honolulu and explored the Bishop Museum, the highlight being a guided tour through the Polynesian galleries and a recital of a Polynesian Legend by a local storyteller.
Ian also delivers a regular lecture program at the Lord Howe Island Museum :
5.30 to 6.30pm September to April
5.00pm to 6.00pm May to August