Take a well-deserved break and enjoy the peace and quiet at one of our Norfolk Island
hotels with Pacific Ocean views and brilliant subtropical weather. And by the way, the locals are so friendly that they'll give the "Norfolk wave" to anyone (including you) that passes them on the road. Nice!
Captain Cook is believed to be the first European to step foot on Norfolk Island, calling it "paradise".
In the late 18th century, Norfolk Island – just like Australia – was used as a convict drop off zone. These convicts then helped to shape the culture and community that you can see on the island today. Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) is World Heritage listed and is actually the oldest Australian convict site. Many of the original buildings are still standing, allowing you to learn about the colonisation of the island and the harsh conditions that the convict settlers faced.
In 1855, the famous Bounty Mutiny survivors' descendants migrated from Pitcairn Island to Norfolk Island. This was the first time that Polynesian culture touched Australia. You can learn more about the event as you walk around the room where Fletcher's Mutiny is painted on the walls as a huge 360° panoramic picture.
Things to do
Make sure you snap some photos of the Norfolk Island pine trees. This tree is so iconic that it's even featured on the island's flag!
Emily Bay is a must-visit lagoon with turquoise waters, perfect for snorkeling. Scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, golf, archery, paintball, clay target shooting, tennis and horse riding are popular as well, so you certainly won't be short on things to do around here!
Get amongst nature and go for a walk through the Norfolk Island National Park to check out the world's tallest tree ferns. Along the way, make sure that you stop off at the Mt Pitt and Mt Bates lookouts and then take a gander at the Captain Cook monument. Tree huggers can then move on to the Botanic Gardens, where you might even spot a Norfolk Island Green Parrot, which can't be found anywhere else in the world!
Shopping and dining
There are a few supermarkets on the island for picking up essential items, plus there's the Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings and the Island Markets on Sunday mornings. The Island Markets are a great place to nab some souvenirs and local handicrafts.
Expect a Paddock to Plate dining experience as only fresh local ingredients are used in restaurants all over the island. This includes fruit, vegetables, fish, beef, cheese, honey and even coffee!
Getting here and around
Norfolk Island is only a two hour flight from Brisbane
or two and a half hours from Sydney
. Check out our cheap flights to Norfolk Island
to set you on your way. Once you arrive, you can hire a car or bicycle to get around.
Don't put it off any longer. Start planning your unique island experience now! Check out our fab range of Norfolk Island accommodation and live every lastminute!