You may agree that five by eight kilometres seems like a relatively compact space in which to take a holiday, but don’t be fooled. Norfolk Island may be small in size, but it is big on things to do. Most visitors agree that it is hard to squeeze everything into just one trip.
Norfolk Island offers an exciting array of tours and activities to suit all tastes, everything from paid tours to free self-guided exploration. History and Culture, Outdoor and Nature, Food & Wine, visitors really can tailor an itinerary to suit their interests.
To help get your itinerary started, Poinciana Cottages have recommended our top ten things to do on Norfolk Island.
- DISCOVERY TOUR
When you first arrive on the island, a Discovery Tour with Norfolk Island our providers (Baunti Escapes or Pinetree Tours) will take you around the island and give some insight into the history and culture. It only takes half a day and will leave you with lots of ideas on where to next for your own travels.
- FLETCHERS MUTINY CYLORAMA
The Mutiny on the Bounty is an important part of Norfolk Island’s history. This fascinating story is brought to life at Fletchers Mutiny Cyclorama, a 360-degree panoramic painting by two local artists. Entry is only $15 and this exhibition is self-guided so you can take your time to really appreciate the work. A stroll through Queen Victoria Gardens adjacent to the exhibition and some Devonshire tea at Hilli’s Restaurant is a great way to finish off.
- THE HILLI GOAT TOUR
If fresh and delicious food is on your Norfolk Island holiday agenda, then you mustn’t miss a trip to out to The Hilli Goat Farm at Anson Bay. Meet the friendly goats, learn about the cheese making, the skincare products and indulge in a spectacular lunch that showcases true paddock to plate living. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase the great products as well.
- A STROLL THROUGH HUNDRED ACRES RESERVE
A wonderful walking track that begins in the forest and peaks around the clifftop with scenery looking back toward the Kingston area. Expect to see lots of flora and fauna, including the nesting terns that build their homes around the clifftop edges of this national park. This is a relatively easy walk and can be done at your own pace.
- DINNER AT DINOS
Dino’s Italian Restaurant is one of the more popular restaurants on the island, and there is a good reason why. Head chef Dino and his wife Helen operate this restaurant from the comfort of their historic Bumboras based home. The Italian inspired menu boasts lots of fresh seasonal produce and the restaurant itself is wonderfully warm and inviting. It is only open Thursday through Sunday for dinner, of Sunday for lunch, so get in quick with your booking.
- A DIP IN EMILY BAY
Emily Bay truly is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Soft white sand, crystal clear waters and the surrounding reef make this a safe and relaxing day out. The water temperatures are most inviting during the Summer months, but the warm days during Winter means even a stroll along the sand will reinvigorate your soul.
- TAKE IN A SUNSET
When you are so close to the clifftop, you would be mad to miss one of the island’s spectacular sunsets on your Pacific Island getaway. Obviously west is best, so Puppies Point, Anson Bay or Headstone Reserve are the perfect spots to pop open a bottle of wine, sit back and let the eyes delight. We recommend our guests order a Charcuterie Board with Wine from our trusted partner Picnic in Paradise.
- UNLIMITED MUSEUM PASS
The Islands history is truly fascinating, and even those who don’t visit for the history certainly get swept up in the captivating story. From the Melanesian mission, convict settlements and later Pitcairn resettlement, there is so much to learn. For $35 per person an unlimited museum pass will give you access to all three museums, a restored home at Quality Row Kingston and a free tag-a-long tour amongst the ruins at Kingston.
- A BREAKFAST BUSHWALK
This one is worth getting up for. This is a guided tour (visit Pinetree Tours or Baunti Escapes) that begins and ends at Captain Cook Memorial. The scenery is absolutely spectacular and once the walk is finished you can sit back relax and enjoy a hot cooked breakfast in beautiful surrounds. We recommend this one for visitors with moderate fitness and ability.
- TWO CHIMNEYS WINERY
The only winery on Norfolk Island, this boutique vineyard has a wonderful cellar door constructed with Norfolk Island pine. Pre-book one of Noelene’s platters to compliment your wine as you sit back and look out across the grape vines.
Our recommended Norfolk Island activities really are just the tip of the iceberg. Make sure you allow plenty of time to experience it all on your visit to our shores but don’t forget to plan a few days of rest and relaxation too.
Contact Poinciana Cottages today to book one of our boutique cottages for your Norfolk Island holiday.