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
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.
DAY 2 – MONDAY
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.