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

When you find yourself on a small, emerald-coloured island in the middle of the dazzling South Pacific Ocean, you’re going to want to get the best views possible. Our 32 kilometres of coastline is punctuated by beaches, cliffs and coves, the lush interior is studded with giant pines and historic relics, and just offshore is the second-most southerly coral reef in the world. Hike or drive to some of our spellbinding lookouts for spectacular vistas. And whatever you do, don’t forget your camera.

Norfolk Pine Trees silhouetted at dusk with an orange and blue sky behind.
Two people standing at the edge of a lookout point overlooking blue ocean.
Woman in traditional woven hat standing on a lookout staring through a camera.
Wooden picnic table on a grassy knoll overlooking blue ocean.

Best lookouts to have a picnic

There are few picnic spots in the world to rival Captain Cook Monument. Pack a hamper full of our locally grown produce and artisanal cheeses and breads, then spread out your picnic blanket on the very place Captain Cook stood on 10 October 1774. He described our island as paradise and from this northerly spot in Norfolk Island National Park, it’s hard to disagree. In the south of the island, Queen Elizabeth Lookout, with its views out to Phillip and Nepean islands, is as regal as it gets for views and picnic spots. Queen Elizabeth II stood here when she opened the lookout in 1974.


Lookouts to hike to on Norfolk Island

Our clean, sea-kissed air is some of the freshest in the world, so you can enjoy great lungfuls as you hike to some of the best lookouts on the island. Flagstaff Hill is a worthy challenge. Conquer its 200 steps and be rewarded with a great view over Kingston, with its pier, beaches and historic buildings dating back to the island’s penal era. Hike through lush rainforest to the top of Mount Pitt for a staggering 360° view of the entire island. From there it’s a short walk to Mount Bates, the highest point on the island at 319 metres above sea level.


Top tips for lookouts on Norfolk Island

  • There are no snakes, dangerous spiders or leeches on Norfolk Island, so you can hike in nature without a care in the world.
  • Set your alarm early and head off to our lookouts where you’ll enjoy some of the best sunrises in the South Pacific.

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