North Bay feels remote even by Lord Howe Island standards. The pristine cove is idyllic for swimming and picnic tables under the palms make it a popular spot to take an al fresco lunch. From here, walkers can decide to hike up Mount Eliza for views out over the cliffs to the ocean or reach the private rocky bay at Old Gulch. Mt Eliza is one of the main nesting sites for the Red-tailed Tropicbird and the Sooty Tern and during nesting season (approximately September-March) the track to the top is closed to protect the birds.
Old Gulch has wonderful rock pools which reveal hidden sea creatures in its Herring rock pools at low tide. At low tide, the North Bay walk can be a round trip by taking a route around the rocks to or from Old Settlement Beach.