This discovery will have you covering the best of Norfolk Island.
Discovered by Captain James Cook around 1788, he described Norfolk Island as “Paradise”. However it was then soon to become a harsh penal colony and home to many convicts. These days it’s back to an island paradise full of history and culture. It’s home to the descendants of the Bounty Mutineers whose barefoot manners, warmth and hospitality have been woven into the island’s unique and timeless rhythm – a special charm that draws visitors back time and time again.
With its luscious rolling hills and turquoise lagoon, it truly is a beautiful place. Get ready to enjoy some unique discoveries including a visit to Australia’s iconic author Colleen McCulloughs home, go on an Island Adventure 4WD tour, see industry on the island, travel by glass bottom boat on the turquoise lagoon, and enjoy a breakfast bushwalk with your new-found friends.
With so much to offer, why wouldn’t you discover the treasures of Norfolk Island for yourself?
# Arrival & departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package. ~ Accommodation will be garden view hotel room or in a 2 bedroom shared apartment with your own room & bathroom.
Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.
SAVING: Book & pay the tour deposit by Thursday 18 October 2018
SAVE $150 for tour package with your own room | $75 if you share
* ‘share’ refers to ‘twin share’; share a room with a friend or a roommate match that we arrange.
Prices from (per person in AUD):
EARLY BIRD Package per person
STANDARD Package per person
* SEE 'MORE INFORMATION' section below for Other Price Information
Arrive Norfolk Island
Depart Sydney on our nominated tour flight (or join from Brisbane – additional night of stay the night prior required).
Arriving to the island, you will be met by our island representative and transferred to your accommodation for the next five nights. Enjoy your afternoon getting to know your surroundings, or unpack and unwind with some downtime.
Tonight dinner will be at our hotel.
This morning you will depart on your guided ‘Discover Norfolk Island’ Tour, introducing you to the beauty and diversity of this Island paradise.
This afternoon we embark on a 4WD Island Adventure tour. Climb aboard for a pioneering adventure off the beaten track as locals share authentic insights of Norfolk’s unexplored valleys, ridges, coastlines and private properties. Morning tea will be served.
Tonight, join together with your fellow solo travellers for a traditional Island dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Dinner
This morning, we embark on the world of Colleen McCullough, world renowned author of twenty four books. Colleen called Norfolk Island home for thirty six years. She and husband, a Norfolk Islander, Ric Robinson, created a luxurious hideaway and maintained their privacy to ensure that Colleen had the perfect environment for writing. Some of her most powerful titles were created in this much loved sanctuary.
Sadly Colleen passed away in 2015 after a long battle with illness. Nevertheless, she stoically continued writing for as long as she possibly could and fulfilled her great wish to remain on Norfolk Island. Her beloved “Our Yenna” is now open for guests to be escorted through her magnificent home and are able to view Colleen and Ric’s priceless collection of artefacts gathered on their travels all over the world. You will see where her books were researched and where she worked into the wee hours creating the incredible tales that have sold in their millions in so many different languages. You will learn about how Colleen enjoyed her Norfolk paradise and how it inspired her with its rich history and natural beauty. Learn too, how she gave back to Norfolk and touched many people’s lives.
This afternoon we embark on a Passions of Norfolk tour, visiting two amazing Island homes and exclusive access to the artists. You will see demonstrations, hear from the artists and admire print-making, painting and more. Delicious refreshments are also served during the tour at Seriously Chocolate.
Progressive Dinner Highlight Tonight we enjoy a progressive dinner. A legendary fixture on Norfolk Island itineraries - the perfect way to get a taste of the real Norfolk Island. This dinner will take you to three lovely homes in three completely different parts of the Island.
To begin, you will be taken to the Northern tip of the island to enjoy pre dinner nibbles at a clifftop home with amazing ocean views. Your host, a bounty mutineer descendant, will entertain you with his stories of life on Norfolk and his fascinating adventures.
Entrée is served at a family Island home, built by its current owner for her young family. As you enjoy her home cooked ‘wettles’ (food), she will tell you about her family and share her remarkable history and cultural heritage.
Your main course and dessert are enjoyed at a large family home in the south-east corner of Norfolk. While your hosts serve your meal and make you comfortable, a close family friend and local identity will reveal some of his Island experiences and tell you about some of the historical Norfolk practices and industries.
Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
This morning we take a breakfast bushwalk. A relaxed ramble through the park, along the Bridle Track which runs from Red Road to Captain Cook’s Memorial. Your local guide can help you identify local grasses, ferns, shrubs and trees as well as bird species. They will also explain the work of the National Park rangers and some of the challenges that they are working to overcome.
Your walk will take you through diverse habitats from rainforest to clifftops, between enormous pines and whitewoods and past majestic sea stacks, surrounded by seabirds. While the topography is hilly, the pace is relaxed and our guides cater to a range of fitness levels. Your efforts are also richly rewarded by a delicious barbeque breakfast with all the trimmings which awaits you at the Captain Cook Memorial.
This afternoon we head out for our Convict Kingston Tour. Learn about World Heritage Listed Kingston. Hear about the first settlers, the Polynesians who came 900 years ago. Learn about the first and second convict settlements and the facts and legends associated with each. Hear how Norfolk became home to descendants of the infamous ‘Bounty’ mutiny.
Tonight we enjoy a special Island fish feast. This evening, dine while perched on the clifftop with an eagle eyed view of the tiny crescent-shaped beach and the magnificent spread of ocean stretching to the far horizon.
The beautifully set tables will delight you – it’s the most glamorous picnic you will ever attend! And then the food! Scrumptiously fresh, local fish is prepared the local way in golden beer batter and accompanied with a range of seasonal island dishes including those passed down from Polynesian fore-mothers. Enjoy paddock to plate freshness. This extends even to dessert which is Norfolk Island pies made from local eggs and fruit in season. A cash bar offers wine, beer and juice, so you don’t even have to worry about bringing your own.
The feast kicks off with an entertainer and very talented Tahitian style dancers, silhouetted against the setting sun. And even when the sunset fails to dazzle, the singing and dancing will definitely set the tone for an evening of fun and relaxation.
After dinner, we take our lanterns for the Island’s Ghost Tour. Something is out there. As the night sets in and long shadows fall, come and take a ride to the other side. Step through a veil into the worst of all possible worlds, explore the crooked, cobbled nether-world of Norfolk’s dark and troubled past as we visit real haunted sites and hear real ghost stories which have for generations lain forgotten and abandoned – until now.
Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
This morning discover Norfolk’s unique marine life on a glass bottom boat. View beautiful coral gardens and tropical fish inside the calm waters of the lagoon (weather dependent).
Tonight we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Depart Norfolk Island
This morning is at leisure.
This afternoon you will depart Norfolk Island. You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight to Sydney at approximately 12pm. Your flight departs at 2.30pm. There is the option to extend your stay at the time of booking your place on the tour.
Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel. Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.
Nights of Stay
Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.
CASTAWAY HOTEL AND APARTMENTS, NORFOLK ISLAND
Staying at Castaway for your Norfolk Island accommodation you will be delighted with the choices that the recent refurbishment has brought about.
The rooms are fresh and vibrant, and modern. You can enjoy the new breakfast café, or unwind at the bar, on the café terrace, or on your patio. With flowers beautiful nearby
And being centrally located to the island’s commercial district, you can stroll to the shops, and book one of the many tours or attractions of Norfolk Island.
Accommodation will be garden view room or one bedroom in a 2 bedroom shared apartment
Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.
SEE ABOVE - DEPARTURE DATES FOR THIS TOUR
Arrive to: Norfolk Island, Australia
Depart from: Norfolk Island, Australia
All flights depart from the international terminal, you will not be able to use the smartgates, you will have to go to a customs officer window. Passports and visas will not be required when travelling to Norfolk Island from the Australian mainland.
However, photographic identification, such as an Australian driver’s licence, will be required through Customs and Immigration. It is important you provide us with your full name as it appears on your Drivers licence to ensure your ticket matches your ID document.
If you are unsure about where to go, please see airport staff and they can direct you about where to go.
HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Direct flights from/to Sydney are Sunday, Monday and Fridays
Direct flights from/to Brisbane are Tuesday and Saturdays
For all travellers on the nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package*, you will be transferred to the group hotel on arrival. Also, on departure, the transfer to the airport is included as part of your package.
Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit. Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.
You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 12 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.
THE PACE [2 out of 5]
An leisurely to moderately paced tour. You will see a lot on this tour and cover a lot of ground. Touring is always most enjoyed when you have a good level of fitness. A minimum average level of fitness is recommended for this tour. If you are joining the tour we recommend that on the months leading up to the tour, that you exercise regularly, at least a few times a week, such as taking brisk walks for at least 40 minutes at a time.
Fit to Travel Holiday Requirements
On day 4 there will be a Breakfast Bushwalk. A relaxed ramble through the park, along the Bridle Track which runs from Red Road to Captain Cook’s Memorial. Your local guide can help you identify local grasses, ferns, shrubs and trees as well as bird species. They will also explain the work of the National Park rangers and some of the challenges that they are working to overcome.
ABOUT THE MEALS
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group. There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.
This is a private group tour with local guides only. Your local guides are there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.
You will be transferred by air-conditioned mini coaster coaches. You will also travel on a glass bottom boat.
LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Domestic flights include 1 checked-in bag. The maximum weight of any checked-in bag included in your fare is 23kg (50lb). By paying an excess baggage charge at the airport you can extend this to 32kg (70lb) if there is space on the aircraft, but it’s usually cheaper and more certain to purchase a Prepaid Extra Bag. Bags over 32kg cannot be accepted and will need to be repacked.
ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET
Wifi is available at your hotel. A local mobile phone service is available when you purchase a local sim card. Global roaming is available for some of the larger phone carriers. Internet Wi-Fi cards are available for purchase for use at hot spot areas around the island. There are 2 small internet cafes located in the Burnt Pine main centre. The local paper is published every Saturday, Radio Norfolk (89.9fm) can be heard daily, & the island receives Australian digital TV channels.
We recommend a small tip as a gesture to local guides and restaruants for good service.