Lord Howe Island is truly a timeless natural paradise with a rare collection of plants, birds, butterflies and more.
Rare and unique flora and fauna
The range of terrain on the Island has resulted in a great variety of plant and animal life. There are more than 100 plants on Lord Howe island, including the wedding lily and the spiky red mountain rose - both which are unique to the island.
Lord Howe is world famous for its beautiful Kentia Palm, where they can grow up to 20 metres high.
Lord Howe Island is also home of the endangered land snail and the grounds of Arajilla are the largest and one of the few remaining habitats for the Placostylus group of snails. The Lord Howe Placostylus is an endemic snail up to 7 cm long, which live in the forest leaf litter. At Arajilla we mantain the leaf litter cover of our grounds, and we have recently spent A$50,000 on the construction of specially raised boardwalks to minimise any distubance to these rare snails.
Lord Howe Island is also Australia's premier bird-watching destination and is home to 14 species of seabird that come to the island to breed every year. The Island boasts more than 130 permanent and migratory bird species, including petrels, shearwaters, tropic-birds, terns, noddys, masked boobies and the woodhen, which is unique to Lord Howe Island and more!
Butterflies are strong fliers, enabling them to cross thousands of kilometres of ocean. This is how such a diverse array of butterflies, 24 to be exact, come to flutter on Lord Howe Island.