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

Now is a great time for visiting the fascinating and beautiful Norfolk Island. It's pretty much as far away as you can get, short of travelling internationally, so that's perfect for these times. 

It's open for business and the famously friendly islanders can't wait to meet you!

When you're there, make sure to swing by the Norfolk Island Golf Club for lunch (and a game of golf if you're a player) – it's superb.

The Clubhouse is a colonial era building in the Georgian style surrounded by an enormous flag-stoned verandah. 

It used to be the island Magistrate's residence and was also occupied for a spell by descendants of the Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian.

There are panoramic views across the links and out to sea, the fairways lined with the eponymous pines. 

Convict ruins and the handsome Governor's House are to the west, and east side the intriguing old cemetery, which has headstones dating back to the 1790s. 

But you wouldn't be dead for quids relaxing with a cold drink on the terrace on a beautiful sunny late morning, following a cracking round. 


Then slip inside to 'Aunt Mary's Kitchen'. Try 'Farmer Lou's Stuffed Jalapenos Bravas w/ Bacon' and the Chicken Karaage with Mini Slaw. Taste the 'Hilli Goat Cheese Spanakopita w/ Seasonal Salad' and 'Aunt Mary's Proper Shepherd's Pie'.  The house speciality is an elegant smoked kingfish chowder. (pictured) 

We complimented the chef on the outstanding quality of our lunch, to which she cheekily replied, "I know." Such boasting in the local language Norf'k (a blend of 18th century English and Tahitian) is called "Wawaha".

Norfolk Island Golf Club is surely the most interesting course in the Antipodes from an historical perspective. It's stunningly picturesque, you're guaranteed a warm welcome, and the restaurant serves up a delicious dejeuner to boot. 

A review by Freelance Writer Nick Resch.



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