Located in the Pacific Ocean between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, evergreen Norfolk Island is a former British penal colony that was later settled by descendants of Fletcher Christian and the Bounty mutineers.
Nowadays it’s a peaceful, self-governing island that’s part of the Australian Commonwealth with a population of around 1,900 permanent residents.
Geography and Wildlife
Despite large areas of the island having been cleared for farming by the British, Norfolk Island still boasts an astonishing ecosystem and the island’s national parks are, to put it as simply as possible, nothing shy of breathtaking – there’s more flora of note here than the iconic evergreen Norfolk pine.
The Captain Cook lookout within the Norfolk Island National Park is just one example of a must-visit site on the island and there are many more, including:
- Emily Bay
A beautiful bay with calm waters and sandy beaches, Emily Bay is great for families.
- Bird Rock
Located off the north coast of the island, panoramic Bird Rock offers splendid views.
The Island’s History
Norfolk Island has a rich history, one it shares with its immediate neighbours of Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. History buffs will love their time here and there are plenty of historical places of interest that are not to be missed. These include:
- The Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area
Since 2010, this historic area has been included on the World Heritage List.
- Norfolk Island Gaol
Like the historic area, the gaol is one of the most important Australian Convict Sites.
Norfolk Island offers holidaymakers a number of accommodation options including guesthouses, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and holiday houses and apartments. Self-contained accommodation on Norfolk Island is very popular, especially the apartments set in the subtropical gardens overlooking the ocean.
These apartments should be booked online before arriving on the island and holiday package deals are also available from most accommodation providers.
A wide range of accommodation options are to be found throughout the island, with the widest variety found in and around the commercial hub of Norfolk Island, Burnt Pine.
Due to its location in the Pacific Ocean, the seafood on Norfolk Island is, as you can well imagine, something special. There are a number of excellent restaurants on the island and more than enough dining options to keep everyone happy.
From fish and chips on the beach for lunch to sophisticated dining in the evening overlooking the ocean for dinner, Norfolk Island has something for everyone’s palate and budget. There’s also a bakery and supermarket in the shopping centre if you’re looking for self-catering options.
Norfolk Island has an impressive array of bars, many of which boast world-class views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There’s also a local distillery, Norfolk Island Liquors P/L, which offers free sampling several days a week on Cascade Road.
With a wealth of historical attractions, breathtaking, evergreen scenery, and an extensive selection of accommodation and dining options, Norfolk Island has something for everyone – why not visit Norfolk this year?