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Few lookouts on Norfolk Island deliver grandstand views quite as soul-stirring as those presented at Flagstaff Hill.

To get to the viewpoint, you’ll have to put your leg muscles to work; there are some 200 steps to conquer before you reach the top. The scene from the summit is well worth the effort, with the ruins of the convict compound and Phillip and Nepean islands all in view. If you’re a photography buff, be sure to pack a wide-angle lens to capture the expansive vistas.

Head to nearby Queen Elizabeth Lookout to see the Kingston UNESCO World Heritage Site from an alternative vantage point.

Elevated view of the ruins of the convict compound. The rocky shoreline can be seen in the background with gentle waves drifting through the turquoise water.
A trail disappearing into a lush green forest filled with Norfolk pine trees.
Close up shot of an information sign. In the background, an island sits in the middle of the ocean with calm waves drifting towards the shore.
Steps leading up through a forested hill filled with Norfolk pine trees.
Elevated view of a pier surrounded by the ocean’s turquoise water. Small waves gently drift towards the rocky shoreline where Norfolk pines are growing.
Side-on view of a grass covered hill with a lush forest of Norfolk pines surrounding it.

Visitor Information

Operating Hours: 24/7

Cost: Free

Getting Here: Begin your ascent at Pier Street in Kingston, a 5-10 minute drive from Burnt Pine.

Top Tips for Flagstaff Hill

  • Take your time getting to the lookout. There are benches where you can sit and rest during the ascent.
  • Go to Flagstaff Hill at different times of the day to see the scenery in a different light; sunrise and sunset are particularly magical.
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