- Enjoy two highlight island dinners plus three other included dinners
- Visit Colleen McCullough’s home
- Meet some of the locals
- Discover the unique fish and coral on a glass bottomed boat
- Experience a ghost tour of times past
- Indulge in the delights of ‘Seriously Chocolate’
- See demonstrations from artists and admire print making
- Hear stories from real bounty mutineer descendants
This is an indicative itinerary. For each departure all that is detailed below is included, however 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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, be treated to the Norfolk Island theatre festival, where you can see any number of amateur theatre companies performing either one act or a full length play.
Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, 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 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.
This evening, you will enjoy a 2 course dinner in an old convict building hosted by the resident ghost. As this is an old home, there are no bar facilities, so it’s BYO drinks.
As the night sets in and long shadows fall, come and take a ride to the other side on our lantern lit walk. 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, Dinner
This morning enjoy the morning at leisure. This afternoon 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). Dinner this evening will be 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 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.