There's more to Norfolk Island There's more to Norfolk Island

Please contact the friendly staff at Norfolk Island Tourism for all your holiday enquiries.

Phone from Australia 1800 214 603 (or + 6723 22147) and from New Zealand 0800 667 365

There is a wide range of accommodation places on the island. Choose from hotels, self-contained apartments, luxury cottages or villas, studios and holiday homes. Most places include a hire car or a bus transfer to and from the airport.

These include Church of England, Uniting, Community Church, Jehovah's Witness, Bahai, Catholic and Seventh Day Adventist. Call into the Visitors Information Centre for service times.

Subtropical. Average rainfall 1328mm per year. Lovely summer days from 24 degrees but not exceeding 28.4 degrees, nights 19-21 degrees. Idylic days mid-winter, with temperatures ranging from 12 at night to 19-21 degrees during the day.

Comfortable and casual day and night. It's wise to pack a sweater and light nylon jacket, strong shoes for walking and a torch for night outings. Remember a hat and sunscreen.

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.

Currency used is the Australian dollar. There are 2 banks both located in Burnt Pine. The Commonwealth Bank, which has the only ATM, and the Westpac Bank.

Biosecurity (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. 

The general speed limit is 50km/hour, reduced to 40km/hour in the shopping centre. All livestock roaming the roads have the right of way. Driving is on the left hand side of the road and locals wave to all passing vehicles. This is called the "Norfolk wave" Visitors are encouraged to do the same.

240 volts AC, 50 cycles, three pin plug. As electricity is made locally by diesel generators, a power surge protection device is advised for electronic equipment, particularly computers.

Entry/Passport Requirements
 As from 1 July 2016, there are changes to travel requirements for passengers travelling from Australia. Photo ID is required but passports are still the preferred document of identification.
For more information Australian Border Force.

Norfolk Island boasts an exciting all year round Calendar of events to suit every-one. With annual festivals, events and celebrations as various as wearable art, jazz, theatre, country music, archery, tennis, golf, FMX, Ocean outriggers, lawn bowls and so much more.  The calendar also celebrates Norfolk's rich and unique history and culture, such as Anniversary (Bounty) day and Thanksgiving Day.  READ MORE.

Getting here
Air New Zealand operates from Sydney Friday and Monday, Brisbane every Saturday and Tuesday. (Schedules may change according to the time of year)
Some cruise ship companies do include visits to Norfolk Island. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Flora and Fauna
The fauna of Norfolk Island has many characteristics typical of island faunas. Since Norfolk has never been joined to any major landmass the species living there have had to survive both a transoceanic journey and the hazards of colonisation in a new environment. As a result some fauna groups are under-represented on the Island. Whilst only a small number of native species are present, many are endemic forms. READ MORE

Food - Paddock to Plate All fruit and vegetables are grown on the island, in season and picked daily for you to enjoy that day! There are over 25 eating out places for you to experience tasty delicious dishes made from the freshest ingredients. Add to the mix fresh fish & local beef, & small boutique products such as coffee, honey & cheese.  An annual FOOD FESTIVAL is held every November.

Geographical Location Norfolk Island is 1610kms ENE of Sydney, 1456kms ESE of Brisbane, 1063kms NNW of Auckland and 772kms SE of Noumea. Norfolk Island is a volcanic outcrop 8km long and 5km wide. Two smaller uninhabited islands, Nepean and Phillip, lie to the south at a distance of 1km and 6km respectively. Norfolk Island is 3855ha.

Kingston World Heritage Site The historical area of Kingston is the site of the first Polynesian arrivals, two convict settlements and is where the descendants of the Bounty mutineers from Pitcairn Island arrived in 1856. The Georgian buildings and ruins that make up the convict site is part of the 11 convict sites of Australia, Norfolk is the oldest and now World Heritage listed.

Language The language spoken on Norfolk Island is English, but you'll hear the Islanders speaking Norfolk, a unique language derived from the speech of the Bounty Mutineers and their Tahitian wives and companions who settled Pitcairn Island in 1790.

Liquor Bond The Liquor Mart is situated in the Bicentennial Complex, Taylor's Road and is the only place to purchase wine, spirits and beer all at more than competitive prices. Present your valid airline ticket & passport to receive a one off 20% discount on spirits and liqueurs only. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10.30am - 6.30pm closed on Sunday. ph. + 6723 22106 or EMAIL

Markets The Farmers markets are held every Saturday morning from 7.30am - 10.30am and the island Arts and Craft markets are held every Sunday morning from 8.30am - 11.00am. Both markets are held in the Bicentennial Complex near the Visitors Information Centre.

Medical (as from 1 July 2016)
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.

National Parks and Botanic gardens.
Norfolk Island National Park welcomes visitors to explore its stunning scenery and rich diversity of bird life. From bushwalks to barbecues, there is something for everyone. Experience natural Norfolk Island on the walking tracks in the national park. Tracks wind through lush palm forests, stands of Norfolk Island pine and along the coastal fringe. You can even walk beneath the tallest tree ferns on earth. Take in the incredible island views from Mt Pitt and Mt Bates, the two highest points on the island. Visit the Captain Cook monument and lookout platform for spectacular coastline views. Predominant among the Park is the stately Norfolk Island Pine which can reach a height of 57m. Opened in 2015 is the Discovery Centre located in the Botanical gardens, free entry and open most days. READ MORE.

Norfolk Island Museums.
Explore the four museums located in Kingston at your own pace with a museum pass or join a car tag-a-long tour with a guide. There is the No.10 Quality row house museum, HMS Sirius museum, Commissariat Store and the Pier store. The museums also offer a cemetery tour. The Research Centre is open 11am - 3pm for those wanting to research their convict family ancestry. READ MORE.

In the 2016 Census, there were 1,748 people in Norfolk Island.

The shopping centre is located in Burnt Pine on Taylor's Road, offering GST and duty free products. Some shops stock imported goods that may not be readily available in Australia or New Zealand: you can also purchase locally made souvenir items. As well as cafes, the shops are all within an easy stroll of each other. Usual shopping hours are 9 am - 5 pm. Most shops close all day Sundays, and on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Supermarkets are open 7 days a week.

Special Needs
Some accommodation places provide rooms with facilities for less-mobile holidaymakers. There are also tourist attractions and activities which are also user-friendly.Contact the Visitors Information Centre for further information.

Time Difference
From the 4th October 2015 Norfolk Island moved to UTC +11:00, this means the Norfolk Island is one Hour ahead of Australian Eastern Standard Time. Norfolk Island does not have daylight saving.

There is no public transport on the island so a hire car is highly recommended. Most accommodation properties include a hire car. There's a taxi service which operates on casual hours or if you have a good level of fitness you are able to hire a mountain bike. Please ask at the Visitor Information Centre about local Uber services. Please be advised that wandering livestock have the right of way on the roads.

Travel Insurance
It is highly recommended that all passengers travelling to Norfolk Island from both Australia and New Zealand obtain adequate travel insurance.  As from 1 July 2016 Australian medicare will apply to Norfolk Island.

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.

Weddings and renew your vows
You can hold your wedding or renew your vows on Norfolk Island and enjoy your honeymoon all in one! Choose from stunning outdoor scenic locations or from one of the many Churches including the beautiful historic chapel. The usual wedding services such as florist, hair and make up, cars etc are available on the island. Some accommodation properties offer wedding packages.

The  A - Z GUIDE  has been compiled to help you to understand and enjoy the island, just as the locals understand and enjoy Norfolk.


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