Things to do around Norfolk Island

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On the eight-by-five-kilometre sub-tropical Norfolk Island, you’ll discover a unique blend of history, nature, culture, and delicious local flavours. A holiday here promises an enriching & memorable experience with plenty of things to do and is exactly the type of holiday where busy families and friends can unplug!

Norfolk Island is a haven for nature lovers in a spectacular setting of jagged cliffs, pine trees, beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes. It’s also a historically rich destination with a unique culture – a rich blend of Polynesian, convict and Pitcairn Islander heritage – they even have their own UNESCO-recognised language called Norf’k. Norfolk Island has a fascinating history which provides a unique glimpse into the past.

Be active or not. Observe, connect, learn and devour your way through tantalising tastes and rich experiences. There are so many reasons for you to travel to Norfolk Island.

Adventure enthusiasts wake up to another glorious day in paradise and hike, cycle, snorkel, birdwatch or dive into water sports or a range of other outdoor activities. Foodies can dine on everything from homegrown produce to freshly caught seafood, locally churned cheese and honey and lick their lips around a mouth watering steak from an Argentinian wood-fuelled Perilla grill that transforms steak into a dining experience.

Everyone can experience the warm hospitality of the island’s residents as you immerse yourself in the friendly and welcoming local community events such as their famous Progressive Dinners. You’ll stagger home under billions of stars like you’ve never seen before! With its absence of light pollution, Norfolk Island has been awarded the status of a Gold Level Dark Sky Town. Now that’s dreamy!

Wellness & Pampering

  • Esteem Beauty and Serenity – 2 New Cascade Road, Burnt Pine, Norfolk Island
  • Norfolk Bath & Body – Australia’s Authorised Exclusive Dealer of Marahlago Larimar Jewellery from the Caribbean
  • Serenity Day Spa and Beauty
  • Wilde Rose Hairdressing – 100 Taylors Rd, Burnt Pine, Norfolk Island
  • Island Skin & Beauty – 65b, Taylors Rd, Burnt Pine, Norfolk Island

Explore & Discover

  • Leap off the pontoon or grab your snorkelling gear to explore the coral wonderland of Emily Bay Lagoon, famous for its turquoise, crystal-clear waters
  • Introduce the family to the islands history at the Kingston UNESCO World Heritage Site – a listed convict settlement – Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) has well-preserved buildings, including the infamous prison
  • Visit the beautiful St. Barnabas Chapel west of Burnt Pine Town. It’s not convict era but was built as part of the Melanesian mission in the late 19th century. (School children have free entry to the museums and guided tours are available or grab a self-guided map)
  • Gather some great produce for a picnic gathered from the island’s honesty boxes – ask at the Visitor Information Centre for a ‘hunt and gather’ map, to take you to the island’s top honesty boxes
  • If you prefer to keep your feet dry, join a Glass Bottom Boat tour discovering incredible coral gardens, over 100 species of fish, vast marine life and their habitats, all topped with friendly cheerful Norfolk humour by the Bounty descendant guides. Call the tour guides, Donald: 54016 or George: 52794 Email: marineworld@ni.net.nf or book at Pinetree Tours Office
  • Play a round of golf at Norfolk Island Golf Club – a heritage-listed golf course with stunning ocean view
  • Beaches and reserves to explore include Emily Bay Beach, the pristine Slaughter Bay, Bumbora Beach, Ball Bay Reserve, Two Chimneys Reserve, Norfolk Island Memorial Park, Cascade Reserve, Lions Park, Bounty Square, Pop’s Corner, Norfolk Island Botanic Gardens, Point Ross Reserve. Walk to Cockpit Reserve and view the stunning waterfall from the Boardwalk, and discover beautiful rock pools at Bumboras
  • Bird watch some of the 116 bird species on Norfolk found nowhere else on earth. Join Green Eyes Bird Watching Tour with Margaret Christian – phone + 6723 50901
  • Read the fascinating inscriptions on the graves of convicts and settlers at the old cemetery
  • Watch the Trial of the 15 play and cheer the heroes on!
  • Book a spot for a clifftop fish fry, high tea or the famous Norfolk’s Progressive Dinner
  • Immerse yourself in nature by hiking through lush forests, discovering unique flora and fauna, and enjoying breathtaking views from scenic lookout points in the Norfolk Island National Park
  • Visit the Bounty Mutiny Museum and learn about the island’s fascinating history, particularly the infamous mutiny on the HMS Bounty  – 10 Middlegate Road Norfolk Island Australia. Open 10am-4pm 7 days/week, or phone:  +6723 53961
  • Stroll through the island’s main commercial area, Burnt Pine, where you can find quaint shops, cafes, and local handicrafts at Burnt Pines
  • Take a boat tour to Phillip Island to see impressive seabird colonies, stunning coastal scenery, and perhaps catch a glimpse of dolphins or seals
  • Watch a family movie under blankets (in winter) at the Ferny Lane Theatre
  • Gaze at a spectacular sunrise at Mount Pitt or Mount Bates. There is a sealed road all the way up to Mt Pitt, so it’s not really a challenge.
  • Star gaze on the way home from Ferny Lane Theatre
  • Visit convict era homesteads
  • Lose the kids (for a while, anyway) at the Hedge Maze, Strawberry Fields
  • Spot the island’s green parrot, one of the earth’s rarest birds
  • Sample the cellar-door wines at the award winning, Two Chimneys Wines
  • Experience the islands mixologists and sip a Norfolk cocktail
  • Frighten yourself on the Lantern Lit Ghost Tour – hair-raising walks through Kingston Cemetery, Olde Town and Australia’s most haunted house
  • Take a Walk in the Wild
  • Spend a morning in search of the 200-year-old Moreton Bay fig trees and near the figs is 100 Acres Reserve. Not to be missed for a walk through the pine forest, coastal views and seq birds – terns, noddies, petrels, red tailed tropic birds.
  • Fish for dinner on Kingston Pier – (the kids love it here)
  • Take in the beauty at Anson Bay, Ball, Bumboras and Cascade Bay
  • Visit Phillip Island – only with a Norfolk local who is experienced with the terrain, so you’ll need to book a tour. It’s only 6 kms south of Norfolk but it requires stepping onto a rock-ledge landing from a small boat, then a climb up rope ladders and a hike over steep inclines. Not for the faint hearted but well worth the scenery and views! It’s great for hiking all year and is an oasis for seabirds. Their colours shimmer in hues of reds, purples and yellows, it’s no wonder they called it the Uluru of the Pacific’

Good Eats

  • Book well in advance for the Norfolk Island’s legendary Progressive Dinner – great way to meet the locals their homes
  • Try the wood fuelled Argentinian style grill at Homestead Restaurant
  • The Garden Restaurant and Bar
  • Sample local food on a Baunti Escape Taste of Norfolk Island guided tour
  • Experience paddock-to-plate dining at Bounty Bar & Grill, Burnt Pine
  • Head to Norfolk Brewing at the Castaway Hotel for locally brewed beer (check out the days that you can order a cheese platter or lunch)
  • Prinke Eco store for healthy snacks
  • Cafe Tempo – try a slice of dessert pie @cafetempo2899
  • Fitzy’s Farm is a lavender farm and they now offer meals, drinks and live music
  • Aviation Poolside Cafe
  • Black Anchor Bar – Cocktail hour every night from 5pm-6pm.curated wines, boutique beers and cocktails & American food
  • Bailey’s Restaurant – Open 7 nights a week from 5pm
  • Bounty Bar & Grill – housed in an early 1900’s building. This new grill & steakhouse offers a menu full of local meats & produce @bountybargrill
  • Bowling Club Bistro – Open 7 days for lunch & dinner. To make a reservation, email: shemleilake@gmail.com
  • Castaway Restaurant & Bar – Open for lunches & Friday night pizza’s & now brewing a selection of local beers
  • Golden Orb Cafe – in a private garden setting, serves breakfast, lunch, cakes, coffee & speciality teas @thegoldenorbcafe
  • Hill Restaurant & Cafe – Fresh food, devonshire teas, lunch & dinner in a beautiful setting both indoors & outdoors
  • Juddway – take-away uses fresh locally sourced produce
  • Rae’s Kitchen at the Leagues Club – bistro meals, everyone welcome. Open Thursday to Monday. Club is open 7 days
  •  Café Governor’s Lounge Bar
  • The Olive Cafe offers an eclectic breakfast and lunch menus that changes daily @theolivenorfolk
  • Salty Beer Garden @saltybeergarden. Open 7 days a week, child friendly pub where the kids can almost run riot, live music, functions
  • Cafe/bar Sublime Lounge Café located at 165 Stockyard Road has a cool, laid back surfy vibe to it and is open from 10am to 3pm.

Foodies

  • Norfolk Island Pine Honey – Sample the unique and delicious honey made from Norfolk Island pine trees, which is a specialty of the island or the potatoes, sweet and succulent pineapples, bananas and even the sweet potatoes!
  • Saturday Morning Farmers Market – go early, as the growers sell out fast!
  • Indulge in locally caught seafood, including fish, prawns, and lobster, at the island’s various restaurants and eateries.
  • Try ordering @plattersbypaige2899
  • Local supermarkets and Slick and Sons butchery receive daily deliveries
  • Wetls also has ice cream, cold drinks, hamburgers, and other takeaways so you can plan to spend the whole day at the beach

Retail Escapes

  • Seriously Chocolate – all things chocolate. There is a daily lunch menu & specials, cakes & cheesecakes, chocolates gifts & creations, hot chocolate drinks, coffee & more! Located at 100 Taylors Rd, Burnt Pine
  • Art galleries – photography, painting, pottery & weaving
  • Benjamin’s – jewellery, watches, homeware & giftware
  • Big Surf – Ripcurl, Quiksilver, Roxy, DC, Vans, Creatures of Leisure, Sex Wax, Icon & more
  • Bounty Centre – is the famous “Lego” shop stocking a great range of Lego items at very competitive prices
  • BJ Jewellers – uniquely designed jewellery traditional classics to some of the worlds most exquisite individual pieces
  • Craig’s Knitwear – the largest range of Imported Knitwear, at about half the Australian or New Zealand price
  • There is a small Sunday morning craft market near the Visitor Info Centre.
  • Frank’s Shoes
  • Land & Sea – fishing gear, water sports, swimwear, beach gear, camping
  • Laser Yachts, Paddleboards, 2-man Canoes, Pedalos and Snorkeling Gear are all hirable right on the beach at Emily Bay from ‘Wetls Daun-a-Taun’ caravan. Wetls also sells ice cream, cold drinks, hamburgers, and other takeaway food
  • Max’s Duty Free
  • Mini Golf Shop
  • Norfolk Liqueurs – distilled by the Forrester family since 1992
  • Niow – homegrown Norfolk Island products
  • Sweeties – locally made chocolates, imported European chocolates & sweets
  • Wunna – original locally designed and screen-printed T-shirts, polo’s, hoodies, aprons, tote bags & more
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