Norfolk Island has a wide range of AAA Tourism inspected accommodation, ranging from hotels, apartments, self contained cottages or villas and holiday homes. Norfolk Island accommodation ranges from 3 to 5 star in the various categories. READ MORE
The currency is the Australian dollar. Commonwealth and Westpac Bank branches are located in town. Major credit cards are accepted. There is one ATM available at the Commonwealth Bank.
Climate is subtropical with temperatures ranging from 19-28° in Summer and 12-21° in Winter. The water temperature ranges from 19-22° seasonally.
Clothing is comfortable and casual all year round. Warmer clothes are recommended for evenings and during the winter months. Remember your hat and sunscreen in the warmer months and a torch for evening walks.
A local mobile phone service is available when you purchase a local sim card. Global roaming is available for some of the larger phone carriers. Internet Wi-Fi cards are available for purchase for use at hot spot areas around the island. There are 2 small internet cafes located in the Burnt Pine main centre. The local paper is published every Saturday, Radio Norfolk (89.9fm) can be heard daily, & the island receives Australian digital TV channels.
Customs & Quarantine
From 1 July 2016 The Biosecurity Act 2015 will apply to movements onto Norfolk Island and biosecurity import conditions will apply to all goods arriving onto Norfolk Island. You must declare certain food, plant material (including wooden articles) and animal products on your incoming passenger card. Ask a Biosecurity officer on arrival if unsure. READ MORE.
As from 1 July 2016, there are changes to travel requirements for passengers travelling from Australia. READ MORE
(There are no changes for passengers travelling from Auckland)
Air New Zealand operate from Sydney every Friday and Monday, Brisbane every Saturday and Tuesday and Auckland every Sunday.
Australian Air Holidays operate a direct flight from Melbourne every Monday.
Some cruise ship companies do include visits to Norfolk Island.
A hire car is the most practical way to get around and a current driver’s license is required. General speed limit is 50 km/hr, reduced to 40 km/hr in Burnt Pine and 30 km/hr in the school zone. Livestock roam freely on the roads and have the right of way. Drivers wave to passing vehicles, this is called the ‘Norfolk wave’. There is one taxi service and push bikes available for hire.
The main language is English, but you will often hear the islanders speaking the local language which is a mix of Tahitian and Old English inherited from the Bounty descendants.
Watawieh? How are you?
Thaenks f ucklun - Thanks for us
Si yorlyi morla - See you tomorrow
Medical treatment on Norfolk Island will be covered by Australian Medicare, emergency medical treatment will be covered by Medicare or your private health insurer. Australian Medicare and the Pharmaceutical benefits scheme will be introduced on NI from 1 July 2016. Visitors who do not have a medicare card are highly advised to have private travel insurance. READ MORE.
As from 1 July 2016 Australia Post will be providing services on Norfolk Island. The new location is P&R Groceries on the corner of Taylor's road and Ferny Lane.
Traditionally, most shops close on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday. The supermarkets and selected retailers are open 7 days a week.
The Saturday’s farmer’s markets operate from 7.30am - 10.30am and the Sunday arts and craft markets from 8.30am - 11.00am both are located in the Bicentennial Complex in Burnt Pine.
Visitors Information Centre
Located in the Bicentennial Complex, Taylors Road, the Centre is open 7 days a week from 8.30am. Call in and see the friendly staff who can arrange all your holiday requirements.