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OVERVIEW

Solos Only

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, 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?

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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:
    @ $2295 for your own room
  • Transport:
    Coach,Boat,4WD vehicle
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    maximum 14
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 2 highlight dinners
  • Daily excursions/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. ~ 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 or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • 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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Prices per person (in AUD)

Own Room

STANDARD Package per person

$2295

Pre or Post Tour Hotel Stay including full breakfast

$200


Trip Code: norfolk20-4

TERMS & CONDITIONS
18 - 23 OCT 2020
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Trip Code: norfolk20-10

Itinerary

VISIT 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
  • The Trial of the Fifteen play
  • A morning of Kingston touring, including museum visits
  • A morning breakfast bushwalk
  • Meet locals along the way
  • 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

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.  

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. Feel free to bring your own drinks this evening to enjoy along the way. 

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner 

DAY 3 – TUESDAY
Norfolk Island 

This morning we dedicate our time to an in depth tour of the historic Georgian settlement of Kingsto, learning about the early years of Norfolk Island and convict times with museum visits and the convict settlement tour, with a morning tea break included.

Walk through the cemetery & hear the history of interesting convict & colonial headstones, hear stories of the houses along Quality Row. Walk through the ruins of the New Gaol, see the Pier Store, Boat Shed & the Crank Mill. Afternoon tea included.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Highlight Dinner 

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, there are some Norfolk indulgences with local cheese and liqueur tastings and a visit to a local potter’s studio. Afterwards we continue on for the end of day viewing at the local theatre to see the renowned The Trial of the Fifteen play. 

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, head back to our hotel to enjoy the island’s best pizza at our hotel tonight.  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, Dinner 

DAY 5 – THURSDAY
Norfolk Island

A morning garden delight as we visit the island’s nursery and discovery the hydroponics…

This afternoon, a highly recommend visit to Cyclorama, not far from our hotel. This visit includes a return transfer and there’s enough time to enjoy 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.

Dinner this evening will be at one of the islands best local restaurants, near by to our hotel including return transfers.

Meals: Breakfast, 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 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.

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

Castaway Hotel and Apartments

5

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

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 shaing a 2 bedroom apartment. 

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.

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

Flights Details: 
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 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.

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 14 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
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 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.

TRANSPORT
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.

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

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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