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

If it’s solitude you seek, Bumboras Reserve is where you’ll find it. Few visitors make it to this 5.5-hectare plot of protected land along Norfolk Island’s spectacular south coast, so prepare to commune with nature and little else.

For horticultural hobbyists, Bumboras Reserve is a treasure trove, with several endemic plants growing within its boundaries. Norfolk Island pines grow tall and straight despite the near-constant sea winds. Closer to the ground lies another species unique to the island: the rare and endangered shrub known as the Norfolk Island euphorbia.

The reserve is paradise for bird watchers, too, with white terns, black noddies and wedge-tailed shearwaters all present here.

Stroll along the reserve’s boardwalk track and linger over postcard-worthy views of Phillip Island from the viewing platform. The boardwalk trail leads down to a secluded rocky beach which shares the same name as the reserve. Commonly referred to as ‘Bumby’ by locals, it’s a hotspot for surfing and rock-pool exploring.

On the side of a cliff looking down through Norfolk pines to a bay with a rocky shore and turquoise-coloured water. An island sits in the distance.
A dirt road winds through a Norfolk pine trees.
A timber picnic table set on a grassy area surrounded by trees and shrubs.

Visitor information

Operating Hours: 24/7

Cost: Free

Getting Here: On the southern coast, about 1 kilometre west of Kingston.

Top Tips for Bumboras Reserve

  • Plan a family feast: there’s a barbecue available for public use.
  • The access road at Bumboras Reserve is steep and isn’t tar-sealed so avoid after rain.
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