Mount Gower

Mount Gower also Big Hill,[1] is the highest mountain on Australia's subtropical Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. With a height of 875 metres (2,871 ft) above sea level, and a relatively flat 27-hectare (67-acre) summit plateau, it stands at the southern end of Lord Howe, just south of the island's second highest peak, the 777-metre (2,549 ft) high Mount Lidgbird, from which it is separated by the saddle at the head of Erskine Valley.

Mount Gower
Big Hill[1]
Lord Howe Island's two southern mountains in the background, Mount Lidgbird (left) and Mount Gower (right)
Highest point
Elevation875 m (2,871 ft)
Prominence875 metres (2,871 ft)
Coordinates31°35′25″S 159°04′20″E[1]
Mount Gower
Location off the coast of New South Wales, on Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea
LocationLord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia
Mountain typeVolcanic

Ascending Gower entails a popular, guided, strenuous 8-hour return hike, though no special climbing skills are needed. The mountain is covered with rainforest, including cloud forest at the summit, containing many of the island's endemic plants.[2][3]

See also


  1. "Mount Gower". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  2. "Mt Gower". Lord Howe Island Tourism Association. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  3. Hutton, Ian (1998). The Australian Geographic Book of Lord Howe Island. Sydney: Australian Geographic. pp. 59–63. ISBN 1-876276-27-4.

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