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Norfolk Island Solo Travel Tours

This discovery will have you exploring the best of Norfolk Island.  Norfolk Island holds its own unique character like no other, and only a visit can truly pass on the charm of this special 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 is 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. This is one of the best solo travel Norfolk Island adventures you will ever do!

Norfolk Island Holiday Packages

With its luscious rolling hills and turquoise lagoon, it truly is a beautiful place.  Get ready to enjoy some unique discoveries including watching The Trial of the Fifteen play, a full day historical tour of Kingston, a green finger tour, some delightful island dining, 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?

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    7 Days
  • Status:
    Last places
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel
  • Prices from:
    AUD$2895 with own room
  • Transport:
    Coach, Boat, 4WD vehicle
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    20
REVIEWS

'I very much enjoyed the small group of solo travellers, mostly around the same age. Everyone was very welcoming; I was the only non-Australian on the trip and did not feel out of place at all.'

Nina, 65 years, Idaho, USA

'Had a great time, very relaxing and interesting place to visit. People are lovely and always very helpful.'

Linda, 55 years, NSW
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INCLUSIONS

  • 6 nights hotel accommodation, Norfolk Island
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for touring on the island
  • Daily full breakfast
  • 6 quality dinners including a dinner-show
  • Group touring including historical tours of Kingston
  • All entry fees as per itinerary
  • Norfolk Island arrival and departure transfers #

    Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.


Entry Pass fee for visitors
Starting Monday 5 October 2020, visitors will be required to pay a $25 fee for an entry pass, which will be processed via the existing entry pass software. Island residents will not have to pay the fee. The fee will be used by NIRC to pay for the continuation and maintenance of the Permit processing system.    

Not included:

  • Airfares (unless requested)
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips for tour personnel or hotel staff
  • Porter service at airports or hotel
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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26 SEP - 2 OCT 2021
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AUD2895 with own room
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Prices per person (in AUD)

OWN ROOM

STANDARD Package per person (26 SEP - OCT 2021) meets direct flight ex Sydney

$2895

Pre tour stay: Paradise Hotel & Resort, including breakfast & airport transfer
Rates apply: 25SEP 2022 for travellers arriving direct flight from Brisbane 

$220

Post tour stay: Paradise Hotel & Resort, including breakfast & airport transfer
Rates apply: 2OCT 2022 travellers departing on direct flight to Brisbane

$220

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save AUD$495 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).


Trip Code: norfolk21-9

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

NORFOLK ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS

  • A morning discovery orientation tour across the island 
  • Colleen McCullough's Home visit & tour
  • Taste of Norfolk tour
  • Visit three family homes for a progressive dinner, hearing stories from descendants of the original island families
  • A morning and afternoon tour of historic Kingston, including museum visits
  • Commandants dinner and show evening
  • A morning bush walk with a barbeque breakfast
  • An island Fish Fry
  • Gardener’s Delight tour
  • Local dining including a highlight dinner at one of the island’s best local restaurants
  • Return home with a full appreciation of this unique island with its own language and profound history
  • Hear stories from real bounty mutineer descendants
  • Free time to wander the local area and main town street, and other local discoveries


SAMPLE ITINERARY

This is an indicative itinerary. The days or timing for excursions conducted may vary for your tour but the same inclusions will be included (unless for reasons out of our control). The final itinerary for each departure is issued with documentation.  

PRE TOUR 1 NIGHT (ex Brisbane)
If opting for the direct flight, Brisbane to Norfolk Island 1 night pre tour is required. Additional accommodation cost applies.

DAY 1  - SUNDAY

Arrive Norfolk Island | ex Sydney

Flights from Sydney arrive in the afternoon. The rest of your day is at leisure. At the end of the day our on-island representative will meet the group at the hotel for an introduction and group briefing. Dinner tonight is in house for relaxed evening before touring the island starts tomorrow.

Meals: Dinner

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
You may like to take the opportunity to visit the nearby Cyclorama; see the island’s story and cast your eye over the local shop where you arrange entry to see Cyclorama (small entry fee applies).


DAY 2 - MONDAY

Discover Norfolk

Morning Tour: Discover Our World Tour
The Discover our World Tour is an introductory tour to Norfolk Island. In other words, its best taken early in a Norfolk Island holiday. Informative local guides will take you on an Island wide route covering the main points of interest. They’ll briefly commentate on the early island and peoples’ history as well as the current day environment. Refreshments are provided.

A group dinner will follow with your fellow solo travellers at one of the islands best local restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
 

DAY 3 - TUESDAY

Colleen McCullough Home. Taste of Norfolk

Morning Visit:  Colleen McCullough Home
The Colleen McCullough Tour gives you a glimpse into the life of this modern-day literary icon. The world-renowned author called Norfolk Island home for almost 36 years. She and husband, maintained their privacy to ensure Colleen had the perfect environment for her writing. And it worked, she created some of her most powerful titles in their little sanctuary. Her beloved property “Out Yenna” is now open exclusively to Baunti Tours customers. Colleen authored some 24 books during her lifetime. Some of the more noteworthy, for instance, include “Tim”, “The Thornbirds” and “Morgan’s Run”. So, if you have read her amazing books, you will love the experience of sharing her world on the Colleen McCullough Tour.

Afternoon Tour: Taste of Norfolk Tour
[Brisbane flights arrivals do not meet this tour. Arrivals to island day prior required]

Taste of Norfolk will take you to a beekeeper’s home where you will view flow hives. Here you’ll learn about the fascinating local honeybees and view their incredible flight path to their hives. Next stop a local farm and the last visit will be a cooking demonstration. Here you will create green banana fritters flavoured with local honey, sit back and relax and enjoy. Today, enjoy meeting some of the passionate locals.

Progressive Dinner
The Progressive Dinner is legendary, and a fixture on Norfolk Island itineraries. So, it’s the perfect way to get a taste of the real Norfolk lifestyle. The progressive dinner, takes you to three lovely homes in three completely different parts of the island. Firstly we take you to the northern tip of the island to enjoy predinner nibbles at a clifftop home with amazing ocean views. Your host, a Bounty mutineer descendant, will entertain you with his story of life on Norfolk and his fascinating adventures. Entrée is served at an old family Island home renovated 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 detailed research into the island’s remarkable history and cultural heritage. Finally, at a large family home in the south-east corner of Norfolk is your main course and dessert. 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. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the home-cooked food, bursting with the goodness of fresh island produce. Chat with your fellow diners and soak up the stories of your island hosts. They’ll share their passion for their little island paradise.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY 

Discovery Tour. Convict Tour. Dinner & Show. 

Morning Tour:  Convict Kingston Tour
On the Convict Kingston Tour you’ll learn about World Heritage Listed Kingston. You’ll hear about our first settlers, the Polynesians who came 900 years ago. And gain an insight into our first and second settlements as well as the facts and legends associated with each. After that you’ll learn how Norfolk became home to the descendants of the infamous Bounty mutiny. Walk through the historic cemetery. Refreshments provided.

Some downtime and time to refresh before an evening out. 

Afternoon Visit: Norfolk Island Museums
Located in four of Kingston’s World Heritage buildings, visiting three Museums and the restored home at number #10 helps you discover the turbulent past and today’s living culture. A Museum Pass lets you explore at your own pace with multiple entries and guided tours. 

Evening: Commandants Dinner and Show
The Commandants Dinner and Show is a night of great entertainment, delectable food and loads of fun. This factual yet fun dinner theater is Norfolk Island’s newest interactive show and a great way to learn about Norfolk’s history. The cast of actors will take you on an entertaining journey back in time. The Commandant’s stories about the notorious Convict Settlements on Norfolk Island will have you enthralled. During the evening, hear how the convicts were treated by sadists and reformers alike. Listen to a chilling recall of one of the infamous rebellions. Then marvel at how the Commandants and their families adapted to life in a Norfolk Island penal colony, recreating a little piece of England in the Pacific. Explore their great challenges, impressive successes and shameful secrets. The venue, has created a special three course dinner menu of traditional English fare to compliment the theatrical setting. Hearty, wholesome, British tucker fit for a Commandant and his good lady wife – fortunately prepared by free men in a modern kitchen not a poor convict over a wood stove! 

After Dinner: Lantern Lit Ghost Tour
Real ghost stories and real hauntings… Something is out there. As the night sets in and the long shadows fall, come and take a lantern lit ride to the other side. Step thought the veil into the worst of all possible worlds. Explore the crooked, cobbled nether world of Norfolk Island’s dark and troubled past. We’ll visit real haunted sites and hear real ghost stories which have for generations lain forgotten and abandoned until now.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner (with show) 

DAY 5 - THURSDAY 

Bushwalk. Settlers Village. Island Fish Feast

Morning: Breakfast Bushwalk
This morning we take a breakfast bushwalk. The walk caters for varied fitness levels with a barbeque breakfast waiting at the end.   The Breakfast Bushwalk is a relaxed ramble through the National Park. You’ll walk 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. For those that want to sleep in or the walk does not suit we can arrange a pick up a bit later to join the walkers for the BBQ breakfast. Walkers depart 7:30am

Returning from your walk, the rest of the morning is at your leisure until your afternoon tour.

AFTERNOON: Pitcairn Settlers Village
Visit the Pitcairn Settlers Village. Here you’ll experience the proud history of the Pitcairn Island Settlers. Your guided tour will take you through the gracious original Bailey homestead & gardens. Then on to a stroll through the barn, dairy and out-buildings. Wander through the Museum filled with items of nostalgic and historic interest. See the oldest working forge in the Pacific. After that there’s an Ex New Zealand Army hut, with war-time memorabilia. And finally, there’s an exclusive film of Norfolk Island interest and complimentary refreshments.

Early Evening: Island Fish Feast
You will have 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! Scrumptiously fresh, local fish is prepared the local way and accompanied with a range of seasonal island dishes including those passed down from  Polynesian fore-mothers. This extends even to dessert. The feast kicks off with entertainment, by a local singer and Tahitian-style dancers.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 - FRIDAY

Gardeners Tour. 

MORNING: Gardeners Delight Tour
Visit the gardens of Bounty Mutineer Descendants. This tour takes you on a journey behind the scenes to experience a market garden complete with a flower garden and an orchard. Secondly, visit a secluded old Island home surrounded by the most amazing gardens. A convict era, hand dug well irrigates these gardens. The next stop is the labour of love garden which is inspirational. Finally, you will also visit the picturesque gardens with amazing views. In addition, morning tea will be served at scenic location. The Gardeners Delight tour visits four amazing gardens, and these gardens have been well received by gardening Australia.

An afternoon at your leisure. Tonight, a farewell group dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 7 - SATURDAY

Depart Norfolk Island | to Sydney

Your beautiful discovery of this special island will come to an end after breakfast. There is the option to extend your stay at the time of booking your place on the tour.

Meals: Breakfast
 

POST TOUR - DAY 7 

Depart Norfolk Island | to Brisbane

For Brisbane travellers - depart today for the direct flight Norfolk Island to Brisbane (cost of additional night of stay day 7 applies) 

Meals: Breakfast

Itineraries may be 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.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTEL 

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Norfolk Island

Paradise Hotel & Resort (garden rooms)

7

 

 

 

Hotel may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

The Deck at Castaway

Deck at Castaway

Castaway

View to Castaway

Solo Travel Tour Norfolk Island - Pacific Hotel

Pacific Hotel and Resort

HOTEL DESCRIPTION

 

PARADISE HOTEL AND RESORT, NORFOLK ISLAND
The Paradise Hotel & Resort on Norfolk Island is a family owned and operated hotel and has recently undergone a large amount of renovations to a majority of it’s rooms.

Set among 11 acres of lush sub-tropical gardens, the Paradise Hotel & Resort boasts 49 spacious rooms in four accommodation styles spread across two levels (primarily ground floor). All of the rooms are located in close proximity to reception, the restaurant and swimming pool and offer something to suit every traveller and budget – whether it be double, triple, twin share or single stay.

During your stay, why not relax by our swimming pool with a cocktail or enjoy dinner at one of the island’s finest restaurants – The Garden Restaurant and Bar. Enjoy indoor & outdoor dining with seasonal menus created by our talented Chef’s using fresh local produce.

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.


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GETTING THERE

Starts In: Norfolk Island, Australia 
Ends In: Norfolk Island, Australia  

Important Flight Departure Information
All flights from Sydney or Brisbane with Air New Zealand depart from the international terminal, but the flights are considered domestic flights and you will not be able to use the smart gates. Instead, 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.

NORFOLK ISLAND ENTRY PASS
A Norfolk Island Entry Pass is required for all travel to Norfolk Island and an application is required for each traveller. This new procedure is in response to COVID-19.

SEE NORFOLK ISLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL INFORMATION

Visitors are required to pay a $25 fee for an entry pass, which will be processed via the existing entry pass software. Island residents will not have to pay the fee. The fee will be used by NIRC to pay for the continuation and maintenance of the Permit processing system.  

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

TRANSFERS
Norfolk Island airport arrival and departure transfers are included on day 1 of the tour and the final day of the tour. If you book additional nights of stay with us these transfers are also included.

Once collecting your luggage and exiting the small airport terminal, look out for an island representative that will direct you to the transfer vehicle. Otherwise, exit the airport building, cross the pedestrian crossing and find our local representative, Pine Tree tours that provide the transfer to the hotel. Transfers may be shared transfers, with other visitors arriving to the island, and not exclusive to our group.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
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.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS  
Our group is for single, or solo travellers and we’ve arranged an island touring package with accommodation. The maximum group size is 20 travellers. We have designated this tour as ‘Solos Only’ on the basis that we arrange a group of solo travellers to tour the island together, although for some experiences our group joins other visitors to the island (see ABOUT THE TOUR/GUIDING for more details)

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
A leisurely to moderately paced tour. Most days are full days of touring around the island. You will see a lot on this tour and cover a lot of ground. There is some free time. 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.

Fit to Travel Holiday Requirements
Our tour may include a Breakfast Bushwalk (dependent on travel dates). It is 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. We recommend comfortable walking shoes.

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.

ABOUT THE TOUR / GUIDING
This tour is mix of private tours exclusively for our group and some shared experiences with other visitors to the island. For a number of the tours, local driver-guides operate the tours.
A local host will meet up with the group at the hotel at the commencement of the tour on day one.  

As a minimum these experiences are shared with other visitors from the island; the progressive dinner, breakfast bush walk, Trial of Fifteen play and Island Fish Fry.

TIPPING
A small tip as a gesture of appreciation to local guides and restaurants for good service would be gratefully received.

TRANSPORT
You will be transferred by air-conditioned mini coaster coaches.  

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.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I very much enjoyed the small group of solo travellers, mostly around the same age. Everyone was very welcoming; I was the only non-Australian on the trip and did not feel out of place at all.'

Nina, 65 years, Idaho, USA

'Had a great time, very relaxing and interesting place to visit. People are lovely and always very helpful.'

Linda, 55 years, NSW

'Norfolk Island is a beautiful place with interesting people and history.'

Anne, 58 years, VIC
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