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Norfolk Island Solo Travel Tours

This discovery will have you covering the best of Norfolk Island.  Norfolk Island holds it’s own unique character like no other, and you have visit to feel 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’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. 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, 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:
    6 Days
  • Status:
    NEXT AVAILABLE OCT 2020
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel
  • Prices from:
    AUD$2295 with own room
  • Transport:
    Coach, Boat, 4WD vehicle
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    maximum 16
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

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation, Norfolk Island
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for touring on the island (shared and private touring)
  • Daily full breakfast
  • 5 quality dinners including a highlight dinner
  • Full day historical tour of Kingston
  • The Trial of Fifteen play
  • All touring and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure transfers#

# Arrival & departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package.
~ If at Castaway Hotel, single room 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.

Not included:

  • Airfares
  • Airport Transfers if booking tour only package
  • 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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15 - 20 NOV 2020
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AUD$2295 with own room
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OWN ROOM

STANDARD Tour package

AUD$2295

Pre tour stay: Paradise Hotel & Resort, including breakfast & airport transfer

AUD$210

Post tour stay: Paradise Hotel & Resort, including breakfast & airport transfer

AUD$210


Trip Code: norfolk20-11

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18 - 23 APR 2021
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Trip Code: norfolk21-4

Itinerary

NORFOLK ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS

  • A morning orientation tour across the island including Mount Pitt
  • Visit three family homes for a progressive dinner, hearing stories from descendants of the original island families
  • A morning and afternoon tour of Kingston, including museum visits
  • A scenic barbeque dinner
  • A morning breakfast bushwalk
  • Norfolk tastings; island cheeses and liquers
  • The Trial of the Fifteen play
  • Pizza night at Castaway – a local’s favourite
  • Meet locals along the way
  • The Norfolk ‘Green Fingers’ tour
  • Entry to Cyclorama
  • A highlight farewell 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
  • Some free time to wander the local area of the main town street

SAMPLE ITINERARY
This is an indicative itinerary. For each departure the days the excursions and activities are offered may vary depending on the departure date. The final itinerary for each departure is issued with documentation.  

PRE TOUR OPTION - SATURDAY
Travel on the direct flight Brisbane to Norfolk Island. Ask for details for this option.

You may like to opt for an optional evening activity, Wonderland by Night. This can be pre-booked and added to your tour package.  If staying at Castaway, we also recommend pre booking dinner at the hotel – we can make your reservation for you, for pizza night – bookings required early due to popularity, or otherwise, dinner at the local Bowling club is in walking distance, and offers great food.

DAY 1 – SUNDAY

Arrive Norfolk Island

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, join together with your fellow solo travellers for dinner at your hotel.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 – MONDAY

Norfolk Island

This morning you will depart on your morning discovery tour of Norfolk Island’ Tour, introducing you to the beauty and diversity of this Island paradise, and a visit to the island’s peak, Mount Pitt for a view across the island.  Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon. With a nearby café, it’s easy to stroll to the main street for a bite to eat and wander the main street.  Early this evening we depart for our Progressive Dinner evening. 

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 different parts of the Island. Enjoy stories from island families and learn more of the local island life and history, and listening to the local language, unique to any other place in the world. BYO: Feel free to bring your own drinks this evening to enjoy along the way. 

Meals: Breakfast, (progressive) Dinner 

DAY 3 – TUESDAY

Norfolk Island 

Today, learn about World Heritage Listed Kingston with an in depth tour of the historic Georgian settlement of Kingston, learning about the early years of Norfolk Island and convict times with museum visits, and the convict settlement tour. 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.

Touring today includes the Museum multi pass for visits of the; Pier Store, HMS Sirius, Commissariat Store, No. 10 Quality Row and includes two guided Tag-A-Long tours. Our Kingston experience includes a walk through the cemetery and learning the history of the interesting convict & colonial headstones. Walk through the ruins of the New Gaol, and see the Boat Shed & the Crank Mill. On today’s tour there’s a lunch break back in town, before continuing the afternoon session of your Kingston discovery.

Tonight, enjoy a scenic barbeque featuring the local fish and salads.

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY

Norfolk Island 

This morning we take a breakfast bushwalk.  There is the option for an amble of 900 metres or a leisurely 3.5km walk through scenic Mt. Bates to Captain Cook Monument.

Your local guide can help you identify local grasses, ferns, shrubs and trees as well as bird species.  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. 

At the end of the walks we meet on the clifftop for a breakfast barbecue.

This afternoon, Norfolk tastings of local cheeses and liqueurs, and a visit to a local potter’s studio. Afterwards we continue on for the end of day viewing of the renowned ‘The Trial of the Fifteen’ play at the local theatre.

The Trial of the Fifteen
An Historical Drama by Peter Clarke. This highly successful play has been running for over ten years to more than 35,000 visitors. You are an eyewitness to a courtroom drama as fifteen extraordinary characters step on stage to expose Norfolk's colourful and sometimes turbulent past.

The testimony of those on trial reveals the story of Norfolk Island - Polynesian visitation, European discovery, convict misery and the arrival of the Pitcairn Islanders. 

Tonight, enjoy the island’s best pizza (at Castaway Resort).  It’s a family style dinner of pizzas from the hotel’s pizza wood fired oven. The perfect end to our day, enjoy the hotel’s deck and views across the hills with a relaxing drink and dinner with your group.

Meals: Breakfast (on bushwalk), Dinner 

DAY 5 – THURSDAY

Norfolk Island

A morning garden delight as we visit some of the Islands most lovely gardens. Visit a nursery owned & operated by a young Norfolk Islander, and view the hydroponics. We also visit a gorgeous private garden with a spectacular view.

This afternoon, a highly recommend visit to Cyclorama, not far from our hotel. See the island’s story portrayed by this cyclorama and cast your eye over the local shop with pieces of art and jewellery before returning to our hotel.

There will be some hours at leisure in the afternoon. Dinner this evening will be at one of the islands best local restaurants, near our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner  

DAY 6 – FRIDAY

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.  There is the option to extend your stay at the time of booking your place on the tour.

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 (November 2020)

5

Norfolk Island

Castaway Hotel and Apartments (April 2021) 

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

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 if taking your own room either in a hotel room or sharing a 2 bedroom apartment. 

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

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 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

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

Flights Details April and October: 
Direct flights from/to Sydney are Sunday, Monday and Fridays 
Direct flights from/to Brisbane are Tuesday and Saturdays

As daily flights from all cities are not available some cities of departure require a pre tour night of stay on Norfolk Island and/or a post tour night of stay.

TRANSFERS
For all travellers that book flights with us as part of their 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. If you pre and / or post stay and book with us, the transfer is also included. 

Once collecting your luggage and exiting the small airport terminal, look out for the Pine Tree tours representative that will direct you to the transfer vehicle.  Pine Tree tours are our local transfer service.  Transfers may be shared transfers, with our visitors arriving to the island, not in 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  
You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 16 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

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.

LOCAL GUIDE
This tour is mostly a private group tour with local guides. Your local guides are there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services. A local host will meet up with the group at the hotel during your stay.

The progressive dinner is a shared tour with our visitors on the island, and not just our group participants.

TIPPING
We recommend a small tip as a gesture to local guides and restaurants for good service.

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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