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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:
    6 Days
  • Status:
    BOOKINGS OPEN
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel
  • Prices from:
    AUD$2495 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

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation, Norfolk Island
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for touring on the island
  • Daily full breakfast
  • 5 quality dinners including a highlight dinner
  • Daily touring including historical tours of Kingston
  • The Trial of Fifteen play
  • 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
  • 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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23 - 28 May 2021
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AUD2495 with own room
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Prices per person (in AUD)

TWIN SHARE

OWN ROOM

STANDARD Package per person

AUD$2075

AUD$2495

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

AUD$130

AUD$230

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

AUD$130

AUD$230

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save AUD$420 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).


Trip Code: norfolk21-5

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

NORFOLK ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS

  • A morning discovery 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 historic Kingston, including four museum visits
  • A morning bushwalk with a barbeque breakfast
  • The Trial of the Fifteen play
  • The Norfolk ‘Green Fingers’ tour
  • An island Fish Fry
  • 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
  • Some free time to wander the local area and main town street

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 OPTION 
If you book extra nights of stay, you may like to opt for an optional evening activity, Wonderland by Night. This can be pre-booked and added to your tour package for a pre or post tour stay on the island.

DAY 1 

Arrive Norfolk Island

It is arrival day for travellers on the direct flight from Sydney, and the afternoon is at your leisure. 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 with pieces of art and jewellery. Early evening, our local representative will meet the group at the hotel for an introduction and group briefing, and then join your fellow solo travellers for dinner at one of the islands best local restaurants.     

Meals: Highlight Dinner

DAY 2 

Discovery Tour. Progressive Dinner

This morning depart on a discovery tour of Norfolk Island and this afternoon there’s some free time before a progressive dinner across the island tonight.

Morning Discovery Tour
A must for every visitor. Take in some of the key historic areas, including Kingston, Cascade and Longridge, and learn the fascinating history of Norfolk Island. Take in the amazing views from the lookouts, learn about Norfolk Island government, laws and also the unique island lifestyle. Some of the highlights include the renowned Melanesian Chapel and a visit to the grounds of an old island home, where you will be served morning tea.

The afternoon is at your leisure; maybe wander down the main street and browse the shops, or relaxing at the hotel.  

Evening Progressive Dinner Experience
Early this evening we depart for our Progressive Dinner evening. It is 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 homes, with a dinner course at each, 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 (white wine and juice is available).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 3 

Kingston Historic Touring 

Today, a focus on the historic and World Heritage Listed settlement of Kingston.  

Convict Settlement Tour

The entire area is a living showcase of Polynesian, convict and Pitcairn Islander history. Walk through the cemetery, where you will hear the history of the colonial headstones, as well as the old houses along Quality Row. Also walk through the ruins of the New Gaol, see the Pier Store, Boat Shed and the Crank Mill. Hear about the first settlers, the Polynesians who came 900 years ago.  Gain an appreciation for 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.

There is time for a lunch break before continuing on the discovery with our special interest tour with a guided visit of four Museums; Commissariat Store, Pier Store, No. 10 Quality Row, HMS Sirius. 

The Museums Tour

  • At the Commissariat Store see Polynesian hearthstones, glass beads and pottery from the first British Settlement and instruments of punishments from the infamous second British settlement.
  • At the Pier Store museum see the true story of the Mutiny on the Bounty with major Bounty artefacts, understand life on Pitcairn Island and the re-settlement to Norfolk in 1856. There are displays of the current (the Third Settlement of people) on Norfolk Island - the descendants of the Bounty mutineers. Life on Pitcairn and the eventual resettlement to Norfolk in 1856 is covered.
  • Now a museum, No 10 Quality Row was built in 1844 for the Foreman of Works. It is set in a beautiful colonial period garden. 
  • And the fourth of the musuems; Sirius Musuem displays artefacts and story of loss from the wreckage of HMS Sirius, the flagship of the first fleet and Australia's most significant shipwreck, that was wrecked on Norfolk's reef in 1790.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


DAY 4 

Norfolk Island 

 

The Trial of the Fifteen
Later in the afternoon, we head out for a local and renowned play. It’s a historical drama by Peter Clarke and has been successful playing for over ten years . 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. 

From the play the group is transferred for dinner at a local restaurant before returning to our hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 


DAY 5 – THURSDAY

Breakfast Bushwalk. Green Fingers Tour. Island Fish Fry.

This morning we take a breakfast bushwalk. The walk caters for varied fitness levels providing the opportunity for all to enjoy the great outdoors on the island, with a barbeque breakfast waiting at the end. 

Breakfast Bushwalk
Take your choice of a stroll through Palm Glen Reserve or for the more energetic, a leisurely 3.5 km walk through scenic Mt. Bates (the highest point on the island) to the Captain Cook Monument. It stands at the spot where Captain James Cook and his officers landed in 1774 - and has spectacular views of the coastline. If you would prefer to sleep in and skip the bush walk, but would like to have breakfast on the clifftop, you can join the walkers at Captain Cook Monument and share in the festivities.

Green Fingers Tour
An afternoon 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 and Norfolk Islands only maze! You will also see some of our rare and endangered plants and hear about how the different settlements of the past have influenced the gardens of today.

Tonight, an island Fish Fry is the perfect final dinner to your touring and island discoveries.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner  

DAY 6 – FRIDAY

Depart Norfolk Island

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

 

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

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

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

Arrive to: Norfolk Island, Australia 
Depart from: 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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