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Crystal clear and inviting, the tranquil, bountiful waters of Lord Howe Island's lagoon have provided sanctuary and sustenance for two centuries of seafarers and settlers. What a glorious arrival for early tourists, who made the trip from the mainland by Flying Boat, splashing down on the surface of this reef encircled paradise.

  • On Lord Howe Island, drinks and canapes will be served on the beach, as we watch a spectacular sunset over the Pacific
  • On a history tour learn about Lord Howe Island’s discovery in 1788 and the six brave souls who settled the uninhabited island
  • Cruise through the beautiful North Bay and discover the abundance of marine creatures who live in the pristine waters
  • Fly exclusively and directly between Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands on a privately chartered aircraft
  • Delight in a Norfolk Island sunset at Anson Bay with a cultural performance, that highlights the island’s unique Polynesian and sea-faring traditions
  • Visit Cyclorama, as spectacular 360 degree panorama depicting Norfolk’s mutinous past
  • Learn more about the Islanders way of life on a farm and industry tour
  • Enjoy a rustic lunch and a visit to the cellar door of Norfolk’s first and only winery
  • Discover Colleen McCullough’s inspirations, during an exclusive tour of her Norfolk Island home, including a viewing of her private collection

Beautiful Lord Howe Island

Having previously travelled extensively within Australia and overseas both with tour groups and independently we were absolutely blown away with the quality and service provided on this tour, our very first “Captains Choice Tour”.

R & R Stephenson, Back of Beyond by Private Plane

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Sydney – Lord Howe Island

Day 1: Monday 10 April

Ready the mind for intense tranquillity as we fly with QantasLink to Lord Howe Island, 600 kilometres off the Australian mainland. Before we know it we are on 'island time' in the midst of paradise. Our home for the next three nights is the luxurious Arajilla Retreat at the northern end of Lord Howe Island’s stunning lagoon.

Perhaps upgrade to a Banyan Suite at Arajilla Retreat (additional cost). Please enquire for details.

This afternoon is ours to enjoy before we are welcomed to the island with a mesmerising sunset and tantalising canapes on the beach.

  • Venture out on one of the beautiful walking trails laced throughout the island, or meander down to the beach and relax to the melodious waves. 

Lord Howe Island

Day 2: Tuesday 11 April

Uncover the superb antiquity of Lord Howe Island and hear tales of its seafaring past. Learn about its discovery in 1788 and the six brave souls who undertook the harrowing charge of settling the isle in 1834. Explore its striking coastline and discover why this island has lured travellers since the turn of the 20th century.

  • Enjoy a half day of fishing in one of the world’s best locations; play a scenic round of golf; or simply relax at our tranquil resort.

Stunning Ned's Beach

Erskine Valley

Lord Howe Island

Day 3: Wednesday 12 April

As we cruise through the beautiful North Bay, gaze through the pristine waters at the abundance of marine creatures who call this island home. Observe turtles, stingrays and an eclectic variety of fish performing their aquatic dance amongst the coral landscape. No applause is required as your expression of gratified wonder will suffice.

  • Upon arrival at North Bay, take a guided tour along the beach which is bordered on its northern side by a beautiful palm forest, perhaps climb nearby Mt Eliza, or simply take a dip in its crystal clear waters.

Lord Howe Island - Norfolk Island

Day 4: Thursday 13 April

This morning we a board a privately chartered aircraft for a two and a half hour flight (approximately) to Norfolk Island, about 900 kilometres to the north east. As we make our approach we will be captivated by the bird’s eye view of the verdant island, dotted with Norfolk Island Pines. After landing, we will be transferred to the tranquil and historic resort, Castaways, where we will stay in comfortable Garden Rooms.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to pull you in any desirable direction. Perhaps take a stroll to Emily Bay lagoon. Or, walk through one of the island's stunning nature reserves and sink into the serenity.

This evening, enjoy a mesmerising sunset at Anson Bay with a humbling cultural performance by local talent.

Transfer between islands by Private Plane

Norfolk Island

Day 5: Friday 14 April

Though we travel to open our eyes to places unseen, we also travel to open our minds to the unknown.

Explorers, sailors, mutineers and settlers; this seemingly insignificant island will capture your imagination and stir your inner swashbuckler. Hear grandiose tales of a thrilling past as you wander Norfolk Island with a native islander.

Later, we visit Cyclorama, a spectacular 360 degree panorama depicting Norfolk's mutinous past. This evening we enjoy recounting our day's discoveries during a delightful dinner.

Norfolk Island

Day 6: Saturday 15 April

Today we gain insight into the islander way of life and learn about their most important enterprises on a farm and industry tour.

Norfolk Island’s first and only winery, Two Chimneys Wines, will satiate your appetite with a delicious lunch and toast to a splendid day with one of the delectable premium varietals or blends.

This afternoon, we enter the dwelling of the late master wordsmith and world renowned author, Colleen McCullough. Walk through the home of this best selling writer and see where she weaved a magical spell of words into beautiful stories.

Stunning Norfolk Island Landscapes

Norfolk Island - Sydney

Day 7: Sunday 16 April

This morning is free for you to bid farewell to Norfolk Island before an afternoon flight back to Sydney with Air New Zealand. 

All Inclusive Tours

Imagine a trip where you won’t have to lift a finger, or worry about bringing your wallet.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Sightseeing in each destination is included. Select Options even allow you to tailor aspects of the touring to your individual tastes when there are multiple touring options.

Wine

Meals and Drinks

All meals are included with your tour price along with beer, wine and soft drinks. Dining experiences can range from Michelin-starred restaurants to intimate local eateries.

Tour Host Team

Tour Host Team & Doctor

Wherever you are in the world, you will always have a friendly and knowledgeable Tour Host Team on hand. Not to mention a Doctor on every tour for your peace of mind.

Captain's Choice Documents

Those little details

Tipping, Taxes, Transfers and Travel Insurance (subject to terms & conditions) are included. We even look after your luggage for the entire trip so you don't have to.

Included Accommodation

Accommodation

Our tour features some of Australia’s most remote destinations. We have chosen the best accommodation available in each destination.

Solo Travellers

Many Captain’s Choice guests travel solo, and almost all of them find that making friends on holiday is easy, thanks to the welcoming and like minded nature of our travellers. At the start of the tour, all solo travellers are invited to a Welcome Reception, enabling you to get to know other guests travelling on their own.

Members of our Tour Host Team are always available for a friendly chat and a meal, but if you prefer time for private reflection then that is always respected too – you can choose to be as involved as much or as little as you please. Either way, it’s a fun and rewarding way to see the world.

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Arajilla Resort


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