There is a wide range of accommodation available on Norfolk Island, in fact over 60 properties to choose from! Options range from hotel resorts, self contained units, luxury cottages or holiday homes. Most are located in the main town area of Burnt Pine, others just 5 min drive away offering sea views or valley views. Most properties do include a hire car with a daily fee payable on arrival.
All properties within the Accommodation and Tourism Association have been star ratedand can be viewed at www.accommodationnorfolkisland.com
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. You can buy a starter pack for $20 which gives you a sim card & $10 credit.
Global roaming is generally available for some of the larger phone carriers. A selected few accommodation places offer free wi-fi, otherwise you can purchase a wi-fi card to use at the hot spot areas around the place. There is a internet cafe located in the Village. The local paper comes out every Saturday, Radio Norfolk (89.9fm) can be heard daily, & the island has Australian digital TV channels.
A hire car is the most practical way to get around and a current driver’s license is required. Please note there is a daily cost recovery fee payable to on island hire car co.'s. General speed is 50 km/hr, reduced to 40 km/hr in Burnt Pine. Livestock have the right of way and don’t forget the ‘Norfolk wave’. There is one taxi service and there are various places to hire push bikes.
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
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.
The NI Hospital provides a dental clinic, pharmacy and a 24-hour emergency service. Travel insurance is highly recommended as Medicare does not extend to Norfolk Island.
Norfolk Island has its own postage stamps and Philatelic Bureau.
Traditionally, most shops close on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday. Supermarkets and selected retailers are open 7 days. Both the Saturday’s Farmer’s Markets and the Sunday Markets are held at the Bicentennial Complex.