There is a wide range of Accommodation available on Norfolk island. Properties can be found in the township, along the clifftop coastline, snuggled into magnificent tree covered valleys, and nearby pastures. Scenic views range from ocean to the majestic Norfolk Pine hills and valleys with lush sub tropical gardens, and of course don’t forget the free ranging cows feasting on the lush grass along the roads, a unique close up experience.
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 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 postpaid Telstra, Optus and Vodaphone customers. There are several internet cafés, wi-fi hotspots and public phone booths in town. There are 2 local newspapers, a local radio station, local TV information channel and Australian TV coverage.
A hire car is the most practical way to get around and a current driver’s license is required. 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.
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.