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23 February 2017


Stunning Emily Bay on Norfolk Island has been named one of the Top 10 Beaches – Australia in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2017.
Emily Bay has been selected following TripAdvisor’s analysis of the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings across beaches worldwide collected over a 12-month period as well as booking interest on TripAdvisor.

Announcing the award winners, TripAdvisor advised Emily Bay is “a beautiful area popular for swimmers” with “best time to go: year round”.

TripAdvisor spokesperson Joanne Kershaw said “Aussies love the beach so for those planning their next sandy getaway, TripAdvisor has identified from millions of traveller reviews, the best beaches throughout the world as well as those right here in our back yard.”
Less than 3 hours flying time from Sydney or Brisbane, a short-break or extended holiday beckon on Norfolk Island. Norfolk Island is long-regarded as a wonderful place to visit with family and friends or escape with a loved one.

Emily Bay is a crescent of golden sand backed by beach grass and pines. Set in the world-heritage listed area of Kingston, this sheltered reef lagoon is home to a variety of fish and hard and soft coral. The water is clean and crystal clear and, most importantly, safe for swimming and perfect for snorkelling.

Norfolk Island also offers fabulous culinary experiences and countless other activities including fishing, kayaking, surfing, cycling and bushwalking. There are glass bottom boat tours and ocean trips to Phillip Island, and attractions including Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama. Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area are the oldest of the eleven Australian penal colonies.
Australian television personality, Ray Martin, was named this year as Ambassador for Norfolk Island.

NIT Beach 5

16 February 2017


Norfolk Island Airlines are pleased to announce that the Australian Air Services Commission have now published their interim determination allocating to Norfolk Island Airline unlimited capacity to operate scheduled passenger services between Australia and New Zealand.

The commissions determination reaffirms Norfolk Island Airlines ability to provide the service makes comment on the next part of the regulatory process. The full determination is available online at

We are now able to start getting out into the market with the news that we are going to fly and that we have full confidence that with the right marketing and partnerships the services will provide significant additional business to Norfolk Island. We are currently busy working on the website, reservation systems, fares, freight operations, and booking procedures all of which will be sorted out in the next few weeks.

We can now confirm that our weekly services will commence on the Saturday the 27th May with the following schedule (local times);
BNE 08:00am NLK 10:15am
NLK 11:15am AKL 15:05pm
AKL 16:05pm NLK 15:55pm
NLK 16:55pm BNE 19:10pm

Norfolk Island Airlines will be chartering its Boeing 737-300 aircraft from Nauru Airlines which coincidentally are the aircraft which were previously operated by Air New Zealand.
Nauru Airlines very experienced in flying operations to Norfolk Island, the airline currently has a fleet of 4 Boeing 737-300 passenger aircraft and 1 Boeing737-300 freighter aircraft.
Norfolk Island Airlines will operate a three-class cabin with normal economy, premium economy and business class. Norfolk Island Airlines passengers traveling in business class and premium economy will have access to airport lounges in Brisbane, Auckland and Norfolk Island.
Norfolk Island Airlines would like to express its appreciation for the support it has received from the broader Island community and industry. We would particularly like to thank the Accommodation and Tourism Association and the Norfolk Island Chamber of Commerce for their continued support.
We would also like to acknowledge and thank the Norfolk Island Regional Council members for their support and the letter to the Minister regarding the airport regulation requirements as well thank the General Manager for providing time to meet and discuss operational matters.
We look forward to keeping everyone up to date with the progress over the next few weeks as we build up to start taking bookings.
Any enquiries can be made to Glen Buffett, General Manager on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

0 December 2016


Australia has a new top island in the spotlight, with Norfolk Island named Australia’s top emerging destination for 2017.  An analysis of millions of flight searches over the past three years made on “Skyscanner Australia” found the tiny Pacific island recorded the biggest growth (16 per cent) of all Aussie destinations. 

This very exciting announcement was published in the Australia Fairfax media newspapers “Escape” section last Thursday 8 December.
The on line article features the new destination video clip with Ambassador for Norfolk Island, well known Australian TV personality Ray Martin.  

Ray is the face of the new destination campaign that commenced on 31 October which promotes Norfolk Island as a ‘must see’ destination, and will continue to roll out over the next 6 months.
This is great news for the island’s tourism industry and the community as a whole. We look forward to working together for an even happier and busier 2017.
 We are certainly on track to making Norfolk Island  - the Best Small island in the World.
 Here’s the link to complete article:

Kingston aerial view

14 November 2016


HERITAGE HILL RESORT - Summer Specials – Huge Savings

Norfolk Island is moving ahead with its vibrant and expanding tourism industry and Heritage Hill Resort ( is contributing to this expansion by releasing a diverse and innovative range of attractive summer specials.

Bookings are now open for a general 40% discount for travel up to 31 January, saving A$370 at the lower end, up to a massive A$880 at the top end, for twin-share 7-night stay. Better still, if you’re thinking of travelling with friends or family and want to enjoy a 10-night stay, Heritage will throw in a room for free, absolutely nothing; potentially a saving of A$1740 for a travel period commencing by 31 January 2017.

To top it off Heritage Hill has a history lover’s special available up to 15 January for travel over any future period. For as little as A$527pp Heritage is offering 7 nights accommodation with airport transfers, two half day tours with expert commentary including a tour of the World-Heritage listed historical area Kingston, continental breakfast daily, a rental car for 5 days and an exquisite a la carte dining experience in the resort’s restaurant, Mariahs.

Check it out yourself at the new website


 Heritage Hill Resort pool area 3

November 2016

FIVE-time Gold Logie winning TV personality Ray Martin is the new face of Norfolk Island's tourism campaign.

Martin - who had previously travelled there on assignment for 60 Minutes - returned to the island earlier this year with an open brief to capture the island's quirkiness and charm.
It is the first time the TV host has had an ambassadorial role throughout his distinguished career.
He was engaged by Norfolk Island Tourism after a chance meeting in Sydney, where his passion for the tiny island was immediately evident.
Norfolk Island Tourism Deputy General Manager Trina Shepherd said Martin's appeal is all encompassing which made him the logical choice as the face of the campaign.
" Everyone loves Ray, when Ray says something is great, everyone believes it’s great," Ms Shepherd said.

Martin said he was delighted to be a part of the campaign; urging people of all ages to visit.
"I will certainly be returning very soon for a holiday, it’s both magical and magnetic!," Martin said.
In addition to Martin's feature on the island, the campaign includes a 4-part content series called My Island Home that profiles four residents who play a tourism role on Norfolk Island. 
The profiles include local photographer Zach Sanders who has the Instagram account @stuckonarock, local charter fisherman Dave Bigg, cattle farmer Robyn Menghetti and publican Matt Zarb, who used to headline for Willie Nelson and Keith Urban prior to moving back to Australia. 

Director Cameron Smith said the island is an amazing place to film with fascinating stories to tell.
"Everywhere you look is a beautiful shot. The issue isn't a matter of what you are filming, it's that you end up having too much," he said.
"The culture and the charm of Norfolk Island gets under your skin.... and once you go there, you want to keep going there. I haven't met anyone that hasn't had a great trip there."

The campaign was launched to local tourism operators on Norfolk Island this week and will officially launch on October 31.

Press release by Cam from Virtual Connexion.


October 2016

The Australian Society of Marine Artists 20th Anniversary Celebratory Exhibition


The Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) is a body of diverse artists and others interested in marine and maritime art, every painting style is represented amongst its members from traditional to contemporary, realist to abstract.  Local artist Tracey Yager was invited to become an exhibiting member of this prestigious Society. There are specific membership categories and entry requirements for this Society and membership is by selection only.  Tracey is honoured to have been selected and invited to become not only a member, but to be conferred with an Exhibiting Membership, this enables Tracey to take advantage of her recognition by this Society by using the letters ASMA after her name and her artwork may be exhibited in the Society’s exhibitions.

This National organisation has a rich mixture of expertise and interests supporting its members by promoting maritime and marine art in Australia.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Society and to celebrate this occasion they are holding an Exhibition hosted by the Royal Art Society of NSW at their Lavender Bay Art Gallery in Sydney until 30 October.  This exhibition features two of Tracey’s artworks.   Tracey flew to Sydney for the opening and said, “I’m pretty excited that my works are being exhibited at the Royal Art Society of NSW Art Gallery, it’s a beautiful heritage building in such a gorgeous location in Lavender Bay.  On the night of the opening we travelled to the gallery via ferry and walked up through Wendy Whitely’s Secret Garden – such an inspiring beautiful journey.  The gallery was full to the brim and the standard of art work was very high.  I was lucky to have a crew of Norfolk people there as support, it really made it a very special night”.

In 2011 Tracey attended the extremely popular MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart and wanted to become involved, by 2015 she had won the poster competition for that year’s festival and became an exhibiting artist with her work featuring small, lovingly built wooden craft at work, rest and play.  These artworks can be seen on her website at  It is her involvement in this festival that led to the selection and invitation to become an Exhibiting Member of ASMA.

One of the artworks selected for the exhibition at the Royal Art Society is titled ‘Unloading the Norfolk Guardian’ depicting the newly constructed lighter No.3 at work alongside Cascade Pier.  Throughout 2014/15 the Norfolk Island Museum Trust suggested and supported a project to document the construction of this newest addition to Norfolk’s lighterage fleet.  The construction was undertaken by local John Christian Bailey and his team.  Our photographic record starts with a stack of timber, shaped into bare boat ribs, eventually becoming a skilfully constructed craft.  It was ‘dunked’ into the water to season its timbers and the following day it was put to work unloading the ship.  Now, we can see it beautifully depicted in this fabulous watercolour.  Tracey stated that she felt it was important to capture this scene at Cascade Pier as an historical record of the Pier, as it was, prior to the commencement of work that will see it extended, heightened and strengthened. Tracey’s other piece in this exhibition titled ‘Tender of Friendly Light’ represents a small clinker style wooden boat tethered beside a yacht, it speaks of light and shade with a sublime use of colour and a stunning reflection on water.

Maritime art illustrates the history of our world from almost the beginning of time, a powerful medium providing us with an interpretation of social commentary, trade, travel, war and more; in addition to a presentation of beauty or curiosity.  Norfolk Island by nature and culture abounds with a history connected to the sea.  We are very fortunate for such an accomplished artist to capture our Island’s maritime heritage.   Congratulations Tracey.

 Written by Janelle Blucher


October 2016

Green Parrots Return To Phillip Island

Green parrots will return to Phillip Island as part of an ambitious project by Norfolk Island National Park. 

Norfolk’s famous green parrot numbers have steadily increased in recent years due to an intensive recovery program targeting their main threats. This included providing rodent-proof nest hollows and expanding the Park’s rodent, feral bird and cat control programmes.

While our green parrot has responded positively to this, the transfer of some birds to neighbouring Phillip Island should provide the best chance of long-term survival for this iconic, endemic species. Phillip Island is just six kilometres south of Norfolk Island and remains rat and cat free. Recent vegetation surveys show many years of rehabilitation has culminated in enough natural food on Phillip Island to sustain a population of parrots.

Green parrots once occurred in good numbers on the island, before the vegetation was decimated by the introduction of pigs, goats and rabbits during the convict settlements in the 1800s. The last rabbit was destroyed in the mid 1980s, beginning the enormous task of revegetation. The construction of a nursery on Phillip Island as part of the translocation project will help rangers continue this work more effectively.  

This is one of few avian translocations attempted in Australia and an expert panel has been formed to provide advice on the many facets of the programme. The transfer of birds is set for April-May 2017 during the peak of the birds nesting season.  Rather than one big event there will be a series of transfers, depending on weather and availability of chicks. 

The majority of the green parrots transferred will be juveniles collected directly from their nests just prior to fledging to avoid the possibility of the birds flying back to Norfolk once released.

We believe these younger birds will stand a much greater chance of developing site fidelity to Phillip Island while removing the risk of separating established breeding couples from Norfolk. 

A great deal of work has gone in to improving our knowledge of the parrot’s ecological requirements, social interactions and their resilience to short term captivity. This is to ensure the parrots’ welfare before, during and after they’re moved to Phillip Island. The staff of Norfolk Island National Park have run several research projects over the past few years, including radio tracking of wild juveniles and feeding trials of captive birds.

Future preparations include developing Phillip Island infrastructure. A short-term holding aviary will be constructed in ‘Long Valley’ to temporarily house the young parrots prior to release and water stations will be constructed around the island.  The Phillip Island Ranger hut is being upgraded to ensure staff and volunteers are housed safely during the extended stays needed for the translocation and the monitoring of the birds once released. 

It is our goal that by this time next year visitors to Phillip Island will be greeted with the ‘kek-kek-kek’ of green parrots ringing out through the valleys. Perhaps you will even catch a fleeting glimpse of green feathers contrasted against the red soil of Phillip Island. 

If you have any questions about the translocation program or are a fit and able-bodied person willing to volunteer for manual work on Phillip, we encourage you to contact Cass, Green Parrot Project Leader at the Parks Office on +6723 22695.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Luis Ortez Catedral

2U6A3004 Luis Image kek kek.jpg credit DrLuis

September 2016

WIN a 7 day stay at the luxury Tintoela property.

Norfolk Island is quickly gaining a reputation as a foodie paradise, with many award winning restaurants showcasing their mouth watering paddock to plate dishes. In a bid to share the magic of the Island with Australian travelers, Tintoela - Norfolk’s finest luxury retreat - has just launched a video showcasing the best accommodation and food Norfolk has to offer, including with it the opportunity to win the holiday of a lifetime: a free 7 night luxury stay at Tintoela. Tintoela, which means “sweetheart” in the local language, is the Island’s longest running luxury accommodation and continues to be the most sought after. A perfect 5 star TripAdvisor rating hints at the delights that await, though no words or photos can ever do justice to the sweeping ocean views that greet visitors upon arrival at each of the retreat’s 3 luxury accommodations.

The owners recently hosted award winning Canadian videographers to capture the spectacular 3.5 acre landscaped property and, alongside the video’s recent release, a competition has been unveiled that’s unlike any other they’ve run in their previous 19 years. “As anyone who has visited Norfolk Island can attest, there is a magic and beauty here that can only be experienced by staying on the Island”, shares co-owner Hunky Evans, 8th generation Islander and master-builder who built the accommodations using local materials such as the iconic Norfolk Pine.  “This video provides a sense of that magic while the contest lets someone truly experience it for themselves.”

The video, showcasing the elegant luxuries of Tintoela, and samplings of sumptuous dining, stunning beaches and exciting activities that await visitors around the Island, has been spreading like wildfire across social media, spurred by Tintoela’s promise to give 2 lucky entrants an amazing week they will remember forever.

The giveaway has a value of up to $3185 and includes 7 nights at the accommodation of the winner’s choice. Included is a personal airport meet & greet from the retreat’s managers, a half day Island tour, a new model hire car, fresh property-grown fruit upon arrival, free wifi and all the amenities expected of a luxury accommodation.

The property features a 6 bedroom luxury Island Homestead, the largest single dwelling accommodation on Island (perfect for family gatherings and groups of friends), a 2 bedroom 2 bath cottage often described as the “single most spectacular accommodation on Norfolk Island” and the ultra romantic 1 bedroom for honeymooners, newlyweds, anniversaries and romantic getaways.

The tiny South Pacific Island has quietly built an international reputation for their paddock to plate food scene that now boasts 35 plus restaurants that serve up the finest local beef, fresh fish, Island grown organic veggies and much more. For those foodies, Tintoela is offering some very special packages for Norfolk Island’s Food Festival starting November 28. With a summer-like Spring now upon the Island expectations are those packages won’t last long!  Starting this past July, Australians no longer need a passport to visit this stunning South Pacific paradise, making travelling that much easier.

The contest launches Wednesday, September 14 and runs for 6 weeks. To enter to win 7 night’s at Tintoela visit For further information contact the Managers, Natalie and Adam, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


August 2016


This play written by Peter Clarke, had its first performance in the Pier Store Museum on Norfolk Island in 1999 and has run continuously at numerous venues, both on and off the island, ever since.

The play places the audience as observers in the public gallery of a courtroom to become eyewitnesses to the trial of fifteen extraordinary characters who appear one by one in the dock to expose Norfolk’s colourful, often turbulent and sometimes brutal history  The individual testimonies of the plaintiffs during their cross examination gradually and graphically reveal the past story of Norfolk Island that includes evidence of Polynesian occupation, the arrival of Captain Cook and the later establishment of penal colonies, the ensuing convict settlement, the convicts maltreatment, their misery, and occasional famine; then followed the arrival and settlement by .Pitcairn Islanders

Lyn Lee, a consultant at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) was the first director of the play.  The original cast was, and continues to be entirely made up of local Norfolk Islanders and a number of direct descendants of the Pitcairn  Islanders.  The local cast members are so enthralled by the local history that their parts portray that a number of them have acted continually in the play during its 17 year run. Perhaps that is an accolade that even 
Agatha Christie's long running Mouse Trap can not claim.

Also, over the years the players have included some notable island residents in the role of the judge.  Those include Adrian Cook QC, the late Eldon Foote QC, and the late Malcolm Bains, the Clerk of the County of Kent in the UK.
So, to celebrate the continued success and longevity of the Trial of the Fifteen, the original director, Lyn Lee, will return to Norfolk Island on 12th August 2016 to conduct auditions and support the cast and crew in preparation for two weekly performances of the play.

During the 17 year history of the play over 50,000 people have been witness to this fascinating courtroom drama; a tremendous tribute to both the skilled playwright, the late Peter Clarke, and the talented and committed cast.
Peter, was a great-great-grand nephew of Marcus Clarke, and prior to moving to Norfolk Island he was the Creative Director and Co-Chairman of one of Australia’s most dynamic and successful advertising agencies with headquarters in Melbourne and branch offices in Sydney and Brisbane. 

Some other works of Peter Clarke's include the first Ned Kelly musical 'The Long Drop', and 'Here’s luck', another musical.   In his book ''Hell and Paradise', Peter explores the details the whole Norfolk, Bounty and Pitcairn Saga.

Trial 15 BW

July 2016


Food lovers will be heading off to Norfolk Island again when the popular short-haul holiday destination for Australians kicks off its Taste Norfolk Island for the third year running in November.Due to the wonderful successes of the first two years of this week-long event, Taste Norfolk Island will be back to serve up a feast of more amazing island settings, top food and fabulous wines – and more.
Norfolk Island has over recent years grown into a foodie destination, boasting 35 plus eateries, all offering an abundance of locally sourced fresh, organic and wholesome produce. Fresh fish, local beef, succulent pork and natural fruit and vegetables picked daily – there is so much on the island’s doorstep.

 Add to the mix boutique products as Arabica coffee, handmade chocolates, honey, artisan cheese and an award-winning local winery and this place becomes an ideal close-to-home getaway for gastronomes. Taste Norfolk Island is on from 28 November to 2 December 2016 and will again provide a platform in which everyone can enjoy a special line up of great events and activities including an Island Discovery Tour exploring the island’s culture and history.

The Norfolk Blue Tour provides guests with an encounter with famous resident, Mr Bull and other members of the herd on a 100 acre farm, which features the only windmill on the island. The Taste of Norfolk Tour takes guests behind the scenes with some of the local producers who will share inspirational stories about their passion for the island and product they offer.

Guests will sit down to a spectacular Thanksgiving Day Feast celebrating the tradition passed down over generations by the island’s Pitcairn and American Whaler ancestors.

Burnt Pine Travel is offering a Taste Norfolk Island Food Festival package. For bookings or any enquiries, contact Burnt Pine Travel on Toll Free 1800 501 128 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLICK  Taste Norfolk Island Food festival website for all programmes and details.

Chef platting up


June 2016

                                                            MEDIA FAMIL VISIT - SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER.

Norfolk Island Tourism recently hosted a visit with Kyle Mulinder (aka Bare Kiwi) full time adventurer, storyteller and digital influencer. His brand “Bare Kiwi” is a truly authentic glimpse into his life with videos and images having been featured throughout most of New Zealand and shared by prestigious sites such as and

Kyle is the only New Zealander and one of only 20 official GoPro content creators, representing Australasia as their official photographer, filmmaker and brand representative worldwide. His previous work has been commissioned by clients ranging from Discovery Channel Asia to Dubai Tourism to Jetstar.  Kyle’s videos have received over one million views online and his images have been used to promote tourism and travel across New Zealand and the world. On Facebook alone, Bare Kiwi’s weekly reach is over one million and his Instagram has been rated by both and as the No.1 Social Media Travel account showcasing New Zealand.

During his stay on Norfolk, Kyle posted his stunning images via all Bare Kiwi channels such as Instagram and Facebook, filmed video clips,  daily snap chats and conducted a social media workshop for local Tourism operators.  Caption from one of Kyle’s photos: For me Norfolk Island was the perfect mix of warm tropical island paradise with that small town local vibe. It's probably the most underrated holiday spot I've ever been to and yes I'm already planning my return trip. Seeing truly is believing.

 Photo taken at the Captain Cook monument, National Parks, Norfolk Island. (by  Stuck on a Rock)

Bare Kiwi photo

May 2016.

                                       NORFOLK ISLAND IN TOP 10 TRIPADVISOR AWARDS  FOR SOUTH PACIFIC IN 2016

Norfolk Island has been named one of the Top 10 Islands – South Pacific in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2016.
This popular short-haul holiday destination for Australians has been selected following TripAdvisor’s analysis of the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings across islands worldwide collected over a 12-month period as well as booking interest on TripAdvisor.

Announcing the award winners, TripAdvisor discusses Norfolk Island’s incredible history and its rise to UNESCO World Heritage status for the “archaeological remains of the penal colony” and suggested visits to stunning Emily Bay, fascinating Kingston and exquisite St Barnabas Church among some 60 ‘Don’t Miss’ and ‘Things To Do’ on the island.
Less than 3 hours flying time from Sydney or Brisbane, a short-break or extended holiday beckon on Norfolk Island.
A holiday destination which offers excitement, fun, relaxation, adventure, indulgence and surprise for everyone to experience and enjoy – There’s More to Norfolk Island.
This is the place where a rich history, amazing culture and a warm, friendly community are very much in evidence in this relaxed and safe environment.
Australians continue to take advantage of accommodation and airline specials as well as all of the benefits available through the duty-free options, plus enhancements and additions to the variety of accommodation, dining and activity offerings.

They flock to the island each year to visit the numerous historical sites and enjoy the array of family, romantic and special interest experiences, as well as participate in annual events including Bounty Day at Kingston, First Fleet Celebrations, Taste Norfolk Island Food Festival and Norfolk Island jazz festival.

May 2016

New Zealand takes out the 2016 Trans Tasman Entertainer of the year award during the 2016 Country music festival on Norfolk Island. There were 9 very talented contestants who performed on Wednesday 18th May to a crowded Rawson Hall. Congratulations to Kelvin Cummings from New Zealand who was the winner. (image courtesy of Ian Fisk)  
*NICMA encouragemeant award : Phoebe Ball (NZ Waikato CM)
*Most original song: Sam Maddison (AUS Gympie Muster)
*Most promising artist: Jasmine Atkins (AUS CCMA)
* Runner Up to Trans Tasman : Mathew Pratt (SA Champion of Champs)
*2016 Trans Tasman Entertainer of the Year: Kelvin Cummings (NZ Gore Golden Guitar)
Congratulations to all !

cm 2016