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

In these uncertain times, we all miss the excitement of packing our bags, jumping onto a plane and relaxing into that seat you worked so hard to pay for, with the anticipation of travelling somewhere different building every minute.  But for now, why not travel closer to home? In fact, what about travelling here, to our island paradise? 

Norfolk Island is one big holiday resort with so much to see and do, and it's easy to miss some of the special locations or activities, so we would like to offer some suggestions on how to holiday like a local.

With picturesque scenery at every turn, and winding roads wrapping around green rolling hills, you will be pushed to get your car past second gear as you take a leisurely drive to some of our favourite spots. 

Captain Cook lookout

  • Bumboras is a secluded beach accessible by a steep graded road. For a dose of cardio fitness, park the car at the top and walk down. Kids will enjoy the rock pools and looking for shells, or if you are travelling solo simply appreciate this little beach and the calming sound of the sea.
  • Two Chimney Reserve is one of the smaller public Reserves but there is nothing small about the view! Wake up early to witness gorgeous sun rises. Take a thermos of freshly brewed coffee to make the early start more enjoyable.
  • The Summit Track is a short walk between Mt Pitt and Mt Bates in the Norfolk Island National Park, and about half way along is a viewing seat. Time your walk for late in the day in order to be on location and capture photos of stunning sunsets from a totally different angle.
  • While Captain Cook Monument and Lookout may seem like a long drive from the town centre, locals measure the drive by the fact you can listen to three songs on the local radio station before you get there! When you arrive, there is a beautiful picnic area with tables, seats and a free electric barbeque. Walk down to the viewing platform, delivering incredible views out to the naturally formed rock formations such as Bird Rock, the Arch, and Elephant Rock.
  • If you want to stretch your legs, the popular Bridle Track starts here, winding along the coastline and into the rainforest. If it's your lucky day, you may spot the rare Green Parrot or red breasted Pacific Robin.
Roadside stall

Driving at a slower pace gives you more time to check out what's on offer in the road-side stalls. Explore the 'honesty box' stalls to discover fresh fruit and vegetables, and home-cooked goodies such as jams and relishes. Not only will your taste buds get excited but you will feel good supporting community buying locally grown produce and home-made goods.

There is no need to rush anywhere when holidaying like a local. Relax, and give in to 'island time' - unless of course you have booked a pamper treatment and you don't want to miss a single minute of me time! We all deserve some tender loving care, and there's no better time than during holidays to spoil yourself. Book in to one of the beauty and wellness experiences and enjoy a hot rock massage, or a rejuvenating facial. We recommend a local yoga class to stretch, breathe and relax, and after the class you will 'float' out the door!

The Golden Orb

Norfolk Island has plenty of eateries including a groovy café scene where you can grab a delicious breakfast, brunch, lunch, or coffee and cake. The food is incredible whichever you decide! Sit indoors, outdoors in a tropical garden, or take in the sea-views from the Golf Club veranda. There is plenty on offer for evening dining too; popular restaurants, bistro meals at the clubs, takeaway options, and keep an eye out for food vendors who advertise weekly specials from their pop up kitchens. Reserve a night to eat outdoors. There's nothing quite like sitting on the clifftop, or at the beach enjoying a picnic dinner and a cold beverage as you watch the sun dip beyond the horizon. But take a jacket because we know you will want to stay longer that you first thought, and the night air sometimes has a chill to it!

Emily Bay

A holiday is not complete without getting sand between your toes or diving into the pristine lagoon at Emily Bay beach. Take a walk along the shoreline or sit for a while with that book you never have time to read. Snorkelling on the low tide is highly recommended, and you may even be lucky enough to sight one of the resident turtles.

Whilst in Kingston, UNESCO World Heritage Site take the 200 steps to the top of Flagstaff Hill, which starts near to the Crank Mill. There are seats on the way up if you need a breather, but we can guarantee the view from the top is worth every step.

Even if you are holidaying like a local, make sure you take time to capture lots of photos and drop them into your social feed. You will either brighten someone's day, or make them a little jealous of your experience! Don't forget to use #norfolkisland.

In general, local's weekly shopping lists include the butcher, supermarket and hardware, but there's no need for travellers to stick to the basics! Start your Christmas shopping, or grab some birthday gifts while time is on your side. Or spoil yourself with beautiful hand-made jewellery, fragrant soaps and candles, a pair of new shoes, or perhaps some trendy homewares or gadgets to brighten up your home.

Aatuti Art

Norfolk Island is sometimes described as a country town surrounded by ocean and in some ways it fits the bill... picturesque, clean, friendly people, happy cows, local farmers, raffles at the Clubs on Friday nights, art and craft markets, and waving to every passing vehicle. Come and visit Norfolk Island and discover why locals are more than happy to holiday at home!

"Kam lukorn" Come and look around.

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