A Christian Tour Leader throughout the holiday
Daily Devotions and time for Worship
Return Economy Airfares
Quality hotel accommodation with private facilities
Sightseeing as outlined and all entry fees
Luggage assistance at hotels
Named as part of National Geographic’s 2021 “Best of the World” list, Lord Howe Island really deserves its descriptor of ‘a last paradise in the Tasman Sea’. This unique and untouched destination was World Heritage listed in 1982 is an island paradise with the world’s southernmost barrier reef, pristine beaches, abundant wildlife and just 382 lucky residents.
Our CFT group will be some of only 400 visitors allowed on the island at any one time – come and share fun, fellowship and Lord Howe’s incredible natural attractions with like-minded people.
Get ready to relax and recharge, reflect and connect with like-minded people as we leave the pace of modern life behind and immerse ourselves in the spectacular surroundings of Lord Howe Island. A short 2 hour flight from Sydney and we are in an Island Paradise – settle in and relax at the centrally located Leanda Lei apartments, our home for the next 5 nights.
Tonight, we will come together in fellowship as we enjoy our first Group Dinner at the Island Golf Club.
In 1788 Lord Howe Island was first discovered by Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball, commander of the First Fleet ship, Supply, while en route between Sydney Cove and the penal settlement of Norfolk Island. Ball named the uninhabited island after British Admiral Richard Howe, and the sea stack situated to the island’s south, Ball’s Pyramid, after himself. The first settlers, originally just three couples from New Zealand, arrived in 1834 so the island could be used as a provisioning station for both whalers and the ships travelling between Sydney and Norfolk Island.
Today our “Chase ‘n’ Thyme” half day Island tour helps us understand the early history of Lord Howe as well as giving us fascinating insights into the flora, fauna and the unique Island way of life. Enjoy Morning Tea at a local home and visits to the local school, Government House, the hospital and the Catalina monument. We will also learn about the innovative waste and recycling management on Lord Howe, part of the Protecting Paradise Program committed to preserving the island’s unique ecosystem.
The local Museum is a treasure chest of natural history and fantastic collections and this afternoon the Museum curator, Ian Hutton, will talk to us about what makes Lord Howe so special. Ian is a passionate environmentalist, a prolific photographer of the island and its wildlife, and has written many books about this subject – “living on Lord Howe Island is like living inside a David Attenborough documentary”. Dinner tonight is at the museum’s Coral Café.
Lord Howe Island boasts a myriad of temperate and tropical marine species, many found nowhere else on the planet. Today’s 2-hour Coral Viewing and Snorkelling Tour is the ultimate way to experience the lagoon’s premier reef and coral holes and the opportunity to see some of the 490 coastal reef fish species and nearly 90 coral species that call this reef system their home. Keep your eye out for some of the more unusual lagoon inhabitants such as the endemic double-header wrasse, stingrays and turtles. Snorkel at Erscott’s Hole or just relax on the boat and soak up the beauty of God’s Creation. This afternoon you are free to wander at leisure – go for a walk, hire a bike, or enjoy a dip in the ocean – the average water temperature in May is a delightful 22 degrees! We come back together to enjoy a Group Dinner at the Bowling Club – fresh local fish is their specialty. Yum!
It’s a “Big Day Out” as Marine Adventures takes us on an in- depth tour to the North Bay of the island today. Here we can view the large variety of fish, turtles, stingrays and amazing corals of the world’s southernmost barrier reef on a glass bottom boat. These waters offer some of the best visibility available and we will learn more about the local marine life through the relaxed commentary of a sixth-generation islander. We can choose our own pace today but make sure you bring your swimming costume, walking shoes and a hat as our day could include anything and everything! (Snorkelling gear and wetsuits are available on the boat).
Then it’s off to the movies! This special 1 hour programme of historical movies is at the local Community Hall and all proceeds go to the local island school to help the students get off the island for an annual excursion.
Today’s Around Island Cruise takes us close to the stunning vertical cliffs of Mt Gower and Mount Lidgbird and we will spot Ball’s Pyramid in the distance on our way around the island. Cruise past the Admiralty Isles, see the Admiralty Arch, the Gulch and the Herring Pools.
Bird life is in abundance on the island and it’s a great opportunity to see the Red-Tailed Tropic Bird, Masked Boobies, Sooty Terns and Common Noddies that nest on the cliffs and outer islands. Tonight we will enjoy a final Group Dinner whilst soaking up spectacular views.
After a wonderful holiday we must farewell Lord Howe Island this morning. We might be leaving our Island paradise but we take with us memories of glorious scenery, friendly locals and delightful experiences shared with new friends.
|Departs from:||Description||Twin PP||Single|
|SYDNEY||Sydney International Airport||$4,195||$4,975|
|MELBOURNE||Melbourne International Airport||$4,475||$5,250|
|BRISBANE||Brisbane International Airport||$4,475||$5,250|
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