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Norfolk Island, a True Island Paradise

Norfolk Island offers excitement, fun, relaxation, adventure, indulgence, culture, history and surprise for everyone to experience and enjoy stunning scenery, unmatched convict and colonial history, fabulous local restaurants and a pristine environment.

February 26, 2019
Tiffany Carroll

Tiffany Carroll

February 26, 2019

Captain James Cook was the first to officially discover Norfolk Island, describing it as ‘paradise’ – a term he did not use liberally in his journals. From 1788 to 1854, this paradise became a harsh penal colony and home to hapless convicts. Today, it is home to the descendants of the Bounty Mutineers whose barefoot manners, warmth and hospitality have been woven into the island’s unique and timeless rhythm – a special charm that draws visitors back time and time again.

Norfolk Island offers excitement, fun, relaxation, adventure, indulgence, culture, history and surprise for everyone to experience and enjoy stunning scenery, unmatched convict and colonial history, fabulous local restaurants and a pristine environment. I kept running in to the same people and began to understand why so many older Australians come to visit this beautiful island.

Driving around Norfolk, everyone waves to you. It’s called the Norfolk Wave and whilst they don’t seem to mind if you don’t wave back at first, after passing the same cars time and again, you end up joining in and waving at everyone like they’re your long lost mates. It’s Australia but 40 years ago.

Food fabulous food

In more recent times, Norfolk Island is becoming a food-lover’s destination: think fresh fish, succulent beef and pork and add in boutique products including coffee, honey and local cheese then think of Norfolk Island where you can enjoy the real paddock-to-plate experience.

Fabulous fare on Norfolk Island.

When it comes to culinary matters, Norfolk Islanders bring forth generations of passion and resourcefulness and their food reflects an eclectic blend of cultures and a love of sharing nature’s bounty.

Produce is grown organically in season (only garlic, onion, potatoes and ginger are imported) picked and delivered to restaurants and cafes on the same day.

There are about 25 eateries (restaurants, cafes, clubs and take-away outlets) where chefs create dishes bursting with flavour and taste how food should taste.

Visitors can experience Progressive Dinners to local’s homes and sunset island fish fries where you will enjoy fresh fish, served with island traditional salads and sweet dessert pies.

A mix of tasty food and stunning locations are served up at the annual Taste Norfolk Island food festival, held every November to include Thanksgiving Day celebrations.

Beaches and Bush Walks

Anson Bay is one of Norfolk’s most spectacular secluded beaches. Nestled in to the bottom of one the many steep cliffs just off Anson Bay road. The Bay is less accessible than other beaches on the Island. There is a walking track that winds down to the beach but it is not recommended for swimming.

Bush walks and biking in Norfolk Islands National Park

There are BBQ facilities on the cliff top and is a perfect location to experience a beautiful sunset.
Norfolk Island National Park welcomes visitors to explore its stunning scenery and rich diversity of bird life. From bush walks to barbecues, there is something for everyone. Experience natural Norfolk Island on the walking tracks in the national park. Tracks wind through lush palm forests, stands of Norfolk Island pine and along the coastal fringe. You can even walk beneath the tallest tree ferns on earth Take in the incredible island views from Mt Pitt and Mt Bates, the two highest points on the island. Visit the Captain Cook monument and lookout platform for spectacular coastline views and make use of the picnic facilities and barbecues provided.

You can purchase the 4 National Park pack for $5 from the Visitor Information Centre.

Getting there and where to stay

Air New Zealand operates flights from Brisbane every Saturday and Tuesday and from Sydney every Monday and Friday. There are many hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, lodges and apartments available to stay on Norfolk Island.

We stayed at Auwas Island Holiday Home, a fully self-contained home that provides all the modern amenities you could possibly want for your Norfolk Island getaway. It has an open plan kitchen/dining area with floor to ceiling widows framing peaceful valley views to distant Philip Island. The spacious undercover entertainment deck is perfect for barbequeing with friends, breakfast alfresco style, or simply sitting back and enjoying a relaxing glass of wine during one of Norfolk s tranquil evenings.

The home has three bedrooms, which consist of two queen beds and two single (trundle) beds. Cots, high chairs and car seats can all be provided free of charge.

Hire cars are supplied for an additional discounted cost of $40.00 per day, which includes a personal meet and greet at the airport. Guests are met at the airport and transferred to the property.

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