Norfolk Island was considered by many travellers to be an afterthought – something to be visited later in life after having toured the world (and most of Australia).
Now, that’s all changing. There is an abundance of exciting activities and it is increasingly common for younger, more adventurous travellers to visit Norfolk Island. In addition, the younger generation of locals is starting innovative businesses and contributing to the evolution of the area. There is so much to see and do, no matter your stage in life!
Everything is complemented by the stunning environment, which offers opportunities for swimming, hiking, fishing, diving and cycling. Dining options are abundant, with excellent restaurants using local produce. The coffee scene is growing extensively much to the delight of visitors and locals alike.
You are in luck if you love nature, culture, food, or history. On Norfolk Island, everyone will find something to do, making it an ideal holiday destination.
Let’s dig right in.
Snorkeling At Emily Bay
On a hot day, you can cool off in the crystal clear waters of the sheltered lagoon at Emily Bay.
This idyllic lagoon is surrounded by a reef made up of both soft and hard coral, which is home to a diverse array of colourful fish making it an ideal place for snorkeling and protecting the lagoon area from rough seas.
Make a day of it by packing a picnic basket. A great family destination on Norfolk Island is Emily Bay, where parents can relax on the gorgeous sandy beach and watch their kids play without worrying about big waves.
Join An Interactive Norfolk Culture Tour
It’s surprising how much history Norfolk has for such a small island. The 1856 Untold Story Tour is highly recommended for those who have been to world heritage attractions but want to learn more about them.
In this light exploration, you will learn many of the less-known stories about the colonists living on Pitcairn Island before resettling on Norfolk Island, as well as more contemporary issues such as recent power struggles.
Take part in the Commandants Dinner for an interactive experience. This is a 3-hour immersive event. You will be treated to a traditional 3-course English meal made for high society, as actors narrate the history of Norfolk Island over the decades.
For those who enjoy art, the award winning Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama is a must-see depiction of the Pitcairn story, created by local artists and it can be followed by a lovely lunch at the onsite restaurant Hilli’s.
Hike To The Top Of The Island
Norfolk Island National Park provides a range of bushwalking opportunities in diverse environments. The Bridle Track is a short forest walk with impressive coastal views that begins at the Captain Cook Monument overlooking an archipelago of odd-shaped islets.
While Mount Bates and Mount Pitt provide panoramic views, the Palm Glen Circuit Track weaves through lush rainforest with giant tree ferns and Norfolk Island palm trees. The Summit Track connects the island’s two highest points, Mount Bates and Mount Pitt.
All three trails are connected by the Red Road Track, where you can see Norfolk Island green parrots flitting between pines, palms and ferns.
Savour Local Produce
It is a Norfolk tradition to give cows the right-of-way on roads. It is likely that you will see plenty of these glossy and content-looking creatures wandering along the roadside as you drive or walk around the island.
While staying with us at Poinciana Cottages, you can choose from high-quality island-raised beef, locally caught seafood, and a range of fresh fruits and vegetables, such as papaya and some of the world’s purest honey.
But in closing, we have on more epic reason to visit Norfolk Island:
It’s a Gold-level Dark Sky Town.
If you are not sure what that means, just look up after sunset. As Norfolk Island is hundreds of kilometres from the nearest landmass, it has minimal light pollution, giving the stars a chance to shine.
The island was designated a Gold-level Dark Sky Town by the Australian Dark Sky Register in 2019 and has become a popular destination for amateur astronomers and romantic stargazers alike. For a 360-degree view of the heavens, head to one of the island’s tallest peaks, Mount Pitt or Mount Bates.