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tips from a december 09 visitor

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tips from a december 09 visitor

What a fantastic holiday my hubby and self (middle aged) have just returned from! LH is a must for nature-lovers, tropical rainforest fans, those who want to see the most beautiful myriad display of colourful fish and coral and hikers-all on a laid-back, casual and unpretentious island. Please allow no less than a week!.

Now some tips:Eating/food

1 Museum is very interesting, also has visitor info and a cafe open m-f 9-3pm sat/sun 10-2, dinner sun & thurs eve 6-8pm

2 Bowling club -Tues 6-8 pm -chic and seafood.Wed roast & fish Thurs, Sat, Sun- fish and seafood. Mains about $18 food- basic,not bad

3 Thompson's store-apart from groceries (which are expensive everywhere on LH.)lunch takeaway, burger bar, gourmet rolls, drinks, bakery products except Sat.

4 Humpty Mick's-lovely airy indoor/outdoor modern cafe/resto. Great for a cuppa ,icecream,drink, lovely fresh bread and rolls or a meal. Reports of favourable meals .Open 7 days brekkie, lunch and dinner.Some menu items:

Vegetable fritatta $16

Kingfish with Asian noodle salad $24

Squid with chips salad and aoli $19

Homemade pie and salad $10.90

5 Garden Court restaurant (behind Lorhiti apartments)

we heard people liked it average mains $18-20, deserts $9

Open Tues-Sat dine in or takeaway Asian/Aussie menu

6 Pandanus restaurant

beautiful with fantastic food, open 7 nights but book ahead as it's popular ( lunch-thurs, fri ,sat.)

Some menu items: antipasti platter (2) $26

pizza $18

starter $19

mains I had linguine with prawn garlic cherrry tomato, chilli and lemon-sublime!

Hubby loved his scotch fillet $35

pasta $28

duck risotto $30

kingfish $34

sidesalad or veg $7

desserts $10-12

eg ricotta tart

pannacotta with passionfruit

biscotti or choc marquise

They will charge $11 to organise a taxi back to your accom.

7Arajilla-gourmet style, limited menu but changes every night need to book ,prices similar/or a bit dearer to Pandanus

8Capella restaurant highly exclusive

Only available to people staying there as part of a package deal

Vegetarians -the places I've mentioned had a or several veg options on menu.Joy's shop actually had, apart from fresh & canned fruit and veg, tofu, cans of Sanitarium meat substitutes eg sausages, nutolene etc and some other items.They also stocked some gourmet pasta and sauces . The COOP store next to PO has a large range of bulk foods such as nuts, grains, flours, cereals,honey and also frozen fish, good cheeses, olives and homemade cakes and goodies.


Lord Howe island Environmental tours-we can really recommend their Specialist snorkelling tour $40 pp & $8 wetsuit hire. The pick of the sites was Erscott's Hole- a stunning location of brilliant coral and sealife.

The best walk ever ,if you are fit, is their all-day Mt Gower hike.($60 pp) Be prepared for a lot of uphill,uneven ground, (good walking shoes or boots a must! ) climbing with hands and ropes and the most speccie views as you pass through gorgeous tropical forest and on top lovely "miniature world" rainforest-(misty if you're lucky). Our guide Dean was very knowlegeable about the plant and bird life and geological history of L H .

Be prepared that if there are strong winds that the Balls pyramid boat trip will be cancelled. We didn't get a chance to get there.

Other good walks are the Malabar hill-Kim's lookout or steepish climb to Goatshouse cave on Mt Lidgbird(very good views from the top (and around the corner is a view to Balls Pyramid)

There are also shorter gentle walks in rainforest

The other good thing to do is hire bikes from Wilson's for your stay($48 pp for 6 days)- it really is fun getting around on them. Your lodge may provide them.You can park them anywhere and leave helmet in basket .Noone locks their bike and they don't seem to get pinched.Only prob is if your lodge is at the top of the hill you may have to push the bike up the last part of the way!

Internet access-the museum has 2 computers that can be used $3 for 20 mins when they are open.

We phoned SA one morning and it cost about $6 for 10 mins-using coins.You can use phone card too.

At night take a torch if you're out walking as there are no street lights!And some of the birds may be nesting on the side/middle road.

That's probably enough from me at the moment. Do enjoy your stay on LH. The hours/days I've given for restos or places were relevant for Dec-it may be different in other times of the year.


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1. Re: tips from a december 09 visitor

Thanks for the info Andrea and welcome to the TA forum.


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Just booked a winter trip to LH and noted your report. Who did you book the walk to Mt Gower with ?

Thanks for the food tips. Did you try the Fish n Fillet delivery service?

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3. Re: tips from a december 09 visitor

Mt Gower day trek was booked with "Lord Howe Environmental tours".They have a little shed next to the other tours/boat/diving companies on Lagoon Beach.Not sure if these treks run right thru winter-they may have a website where you can check .

Sorry we didn't try the Fish n fillet service.

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Also, is it preferred to have proper walking boots for the various walks? (given you were there in early summer). Or did the tour company advise?

Thanks again

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5. Re: tips from a december 09 visitor

The walks are very rugged. I think proper walking boots are essential.

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6. Re: tips from a december 09 visitor

Definitely on the Mt Gower hike. Goat House Cave I'd recommend good walking shoes/boots.I didn't do Mt Eliza. The easier or less steep walks would be fine in sneakers eg Malabar,Kim's lookout , Mutton Bird Lookout, Clear Place.Steven's reserve or Little island track can be done in thongs.

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