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“Essential activity for any LHI visitor”

Chase ‘n’ Thyme Tours
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Owner description: Chase "n" Thyme Island Journeys - More than a tour, a journey through the island from early settlement to the present day and all the wonderful things in between. Come with your hosts Janine and Peter Phillipps on an entertaining and informal tour of Lord Howe Island's more interesting nooks and crannies! Janine can trace her origins through five generations to Nathan Chase Thompson who settled on the island in the 1850's. Peter was the island's postmaster for nearly ten years, he has had a number of the photos published in various articles as well as writing a book and producing two DVDs on Lord Howe Island's history. Think you know the island? After our tour you will know Lord Howe Island! You will learn more in a morning with us than you would if you spent a week searching things out for yourself. We get you "under the skin" of the Island, the "nuts and Bolts". There is more to this small island out in the South Pacific than first meets the eye, and you will have a way better holiday for the knowledge you gain! All Corners of the Island Tour! every day by demand pick up 9.10am (3.15 hours). A great introduction on what, where and how to do Lord Howe! What are the best walks? Where do you get the best photos? Includes visits to the local school, Government House the hospital and the Catalina monument! We point out many of the island's ever changing sea and land birds. The island's rare bird the endemic Woodhen and Kentia Palm.Learn all about the island's social history, early settlement, predators and pests, flora and fauna, ships, flying boats and the airstrip, island tales and even buried treasure! Cappuccino/tea and muffin at our secluded Ned's Beach home included with this tour.
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
163 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Essential activity for any LHI visitor”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Your guide Peter is married to Janine, a sixth generation islander, and if there’s anything Peter doesn’t know it’s probably not worth knowing.

He covers every cm of the 7 km of roads on the island, pointing out all the places of interest (including all the island accommodation lodges), along with a visit to the met station and world-class waste management facility, all the while overlaid with informative commentary. He even takes you back to their place for morning tea and muffins on the veranda! I’d recommend taking this tour early in your stay, to get your bearings and an overview of what’s where, but if done later in the stay it may well answer questions you may have by then – either way, this is a must-do.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Gatton, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Do this FIRST”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

This was a great introduction to Lord Howe Island. Peter Phillipps took us on an entertaining and informal tour of Lord Howe. We visited the met station (and saw the weather balloon released), the golf course, islands local school, Government house and the Catalina monument - in fact we travelled all over the island roads. We learnt about the Islander’s social history, early settlement, ship wrecks and buried treasure! We also learnt about the plants and animals and their protection. The tour includes cappuccino/tea and muffin in Peter & Janine's family home.
Having done the tour we were able to plan our activities for the week.

Peter also has a slide night which is really good.

Visited July 2013
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Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

Well worth doing this tour. Very interesting and great to hear the history and loads of great things about the island. Recommended.

Visited June 2013
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Australia
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great informative overview of LHI”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Enjoyed this 3 hour tour immensely and regret not doing it ealier in our stay.
Peter is very informative and entertaining and knows the island backwards.
He is enthusiastic and fun to listen to and the lovely morning tea was very welcome.
This is a "must do" trip for everyone visiting LHI, you won't get any better information anywhere else on the island.

Visited May 2013
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Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Lord Howe island bus trip”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

This tour is an absolute must at the beginning of a holiday. It is packed with local history which is fascinating. Nothing was too much trouble - they are a great, welcoming couple.

Visited April 2013
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