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

This 5.5-hectare reserve protects Anson Bay, one of just a few sandy beaches on Norfolk Island.

Within the reserve, a winding walking track leads to the coast. Around every bend is a new lesson in local nature. The coastal forests here harbour rare and endemic plant species, such as Norfolk Island hibiscus, shade tree and euphorbia. For birders, Anson Bay Reserve is the stuff of dreams: the ultra-rare Norfolk Island green parrot and boobook owls are both thought to frequent here.

Historically, this isolated corner of the island has also been of importance. Visit with a local, who can point you to the old rock-set World War II bunker. They’ll also be able to recount the history behind the nearby Pacific Cable Board station, which sent the first telegraphs from the island to the outside world in 1902.

View of a crystal clear bay from up on a cliff with Norfolk Pine trees on the hills.
Picnic table set upon a green hill overlooking norfolk pine trees and vast blue ocean
A small figure walking down a grassy slope with Norfolk Pines in the background and vast blue ocean
Sun beams illuminating a female walker surrounded by deep green pine trees and shrubs
Information plaque about Anson Bay Reserve with the bay in the background
Distant photo of a picnic table on a grassy slope surrounded by Norfolk Pine trees on the edge of a cliff.

Visitor Information

Operating Hours: 24/7

Cost: Free

Getting Here: Along Anson Bay Road. A 10-minute drive northwest from Burnt Pine.

Top tips for Anson Bay Reserve

  • While you’re here, you might want to call into Cottage Pottery on Anson Bay Road, where you can pick up handcrafted creations made here on the island.
  • Before you grab your swimmers, keep in mind that Anson Bay is not the safest swimming spot. If you fancy a dip, try Emily Bay Lagoon or Slaughter Bay instead.
  • If you are looking for a great place for a family feast or romantic picnic, Anson Bay has all the goods: barbecues and tables, public toilets and one of the best views of sunset on the island.
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