Norfolk Island has long been a popular destination for Australian travellers … many discovering a lot more than they were expecting.
Aptly, the island’s tagline is “There’s more to Norfolk Island”.
Travel brochures naturally highlight the island’s trademark pines framing spectacular coastal vistas but beyond its stunning topography, there is indeed many more faces to this historic, isolated territory 1600km northeast of Sydney.
Nature lovers, history buffs, adventure sports enthusiasts and foodies can all discover their own piece of paradise at Norfolk.
Although travel from Australia is considered domestic, passports are required and all visitors must clear a customs and immigration check. The process is quick and easy and in no time, you’re on your way to an island adventure.
There is of course plenty of shoreline to explore on the 8km long, 5km wide island. From the stunning cliffs of Norfolk Island National Park to the hidden cove at beautiful Anson Bay, walking and hiking around the island offers plenty of jaw-dropping photo opportunities.
Beach lovers are drawn to the incredible Emily Bay Lagoon. Voted one of Australia’s top 100 beaches, the crystal clear waters and gentle tides make this the perfect location for a day out in the sun. Here you’ll find people of all ages enjoying the fantastic swimming and snorkelling.
Surfers too will find plenty of action on the water and for those who enjoy fishing and kayaking, you’ll find a range of quality tours on offer.
For an historical perspective on the island – and there is plenty to take in – the Kingston area offers visitors a rich retrospective that begins around 400AD with the arrival of the first Polynesians to the original British settlers on HMS Supply in 1788 and finally, the entire Pitcairn Island population taking land in 1865.
Marking that fascinating past, Kingston features historic buildings, ruins and archaeological sites.
One celebrated view of the whole area can be found at the Heritage-Listed clubhouse on the beautiful Norfolk Island golf course. Here you can also enjoy lunch on the veranda while taking in the hilly Kingston views and its stunning sandstone buildings.
Among Norfolk’s greatest modern assets is its food. There are many high quality restaurants, cafes and eateries dotted across the island. Resident chefs relish locally produced ingredients and use them with fabulous flair.
Getting around – Car rental hire is available and recommended, however, many hotels provide guests with cars as part of their guest packages. Taxi services and push bike rentals are also available. Guided island tours are another option.
Currency – Australian dollar
Local Time – Norfolk Island is one hour ahead of Australian Eastern Standard Time. Daylight Savings is not observed on Norfolk Island.
Climate – Summer highs reach 28 degrees and in winter, expect a range between 12 and 20 degrees
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