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Bumboras – or Bumby as us Norfolk Islanders know it – is a small and secluded beach with waters so clear you can see right to the bottom.

It’s much-loved by locals, but not necessarily easy to get to; the steep unpaved access road can be impassable after rain. Of course, being off the beaten track has its draws, especially if you like peace and quiet. From the parking area, a boardwalk leads over the creek and down to the bay.

Locals come here to surf the reef break, but there are plenty of other ways to while away the time. The beach is rocky and there are lots of tidepools where you can watch for scuttling sea creatures and forage for periwinkles. Depending on the tide, some of the rockpools may be big enough to swim in.

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A young man and woman stand on the shore with their backs to the camera looking out over rocks to the sea. Surfboards on the sand beside them.
Standing on the sand, a young man with no shirt on waxes his surfboard. Behind him the calm sea comes into a rocky foreshore.
From the cliff above Bumboras, a view through Norfolk pines to the blue-green sea.
An elevated view of the beach from the side of a cliff, which is covered with Norfolk pines.
An elevated view of waves rolling into the base of cliffs at Bumboras.
Aerial view facing the sea with waves rolling in at Bumboras. Headlands jut into the sea in the distance.
View from a distance of a woman walking along the sandy part of Bumboras beach.A person photographed mid-step walking through the water along the shore at Bumboras. Only the bottom half of their legs is visible.

Destination Details

Operating Hours: 24/7

Cost: Free

Getting Here: About 1 kilometre west of Kingston, on Norfolk Island’s southern coast.

Top Tips for Bumboras

  • There’s a public barbecue at Bumboras so consider bringing some picnic provisions with you in case hunger strikes.
  • Check tide times in advance, or just ask a local: rockpooling is best done in and around low tide.
  • Make a day of it by combining your Bumby beach visit with some fun at nearby Norfolk Island Paintball. Bookings required.
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