Red-tailed tropic birds, gracefully performing their airborne courting rituals are common sightings from Malabar between September and May.
Malabar’s cliffs, which plunge dramatically into the ocean, play host the world’s largest nesting ground for the birds. Situated to the island’s north, Malabar has some of the best views of Lord Howe’s south end, and is well worth the climb. During the two hour return walk to Malabar you will pass through dense palm forests with muttonbird burrows.
Sweeping panoramic views of the island encompass the towering volcanic peaks of Mount Lidgbird and Mount Gower to the south, while the Admiralty Islands dominate the north.
The walk to the top starts near Ned’s Beach and is a little taxing. It passes through palm forests with muttonbird burrows. As you ascend, you pass by trees twisted into strange shapes by the winds.