From the moment you step off the plane on Norfolk Island, you will understand why people return time and time again. Whilst this island paradise may be small – only 35kms sq. there is no shortage of things to do and see. The natural beauty of Norfolk will surprise you and its history will have you enthralled. You may think to yourself, how much could there possibly be to do on an island so small and somewhat isolated, but that is the charm of Norfolk Island, you can simply do as much or as little as you like.
Here are just five things that we recommend that you do or experience whilst visiting our beautiful island.
1. Discover our Beautiful Bays and Beaches
Norfolk Island is blessed with a beautiful mild climate that rarely experiences severe hot or cold weather; in fact it is the perfect beach weather! Arguably our most famous beach would be Emily Bay, with it’s sparkling clear and calm waters and lovely sand. This sheltered reefed lagoon offers a safe place for children to swim and a great spot for snorkeling.
2. Immerse yourself in Norfolk Islands fascinating history
Norfolk Island has a colourful and often cruel history. The East Polynesians originally settled it in the 14th or 15th century and in 1788, it was colonised by Great Britain as a part of its settlement of Australia. The island served as a convict penal settlement until 1855 with the exception of an 11-year period when it was abandoned. In 1856, the next settlement arrived on Norfolk Island from the Pitcairn Islands. These were the descendants of Tahitians and the HMS Bounty mutineers, including those of Fletcher Christian. In 1901, Norfolk Island became a part of the Commonwealth of Australia. Today, you can explore the Kingston & Arthurvale Historic Area, which comprises of a large group of buildings and archaeological sites and ruins from the Penal Convict Settlements and remains from the pre-European Polynesian Settlements before them. Grab a museum pass and absorb yourself in the fascinating history at leisure or take an informative escorted tour with one of the local tour operators.
3. See the sights
There is no shortage of things to see and experience on Norfolk Island both natural and man-made. A visit St Barnabas Church should not be missed with its beautiful stained glass windows and ornately handcrafted pews and Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama is another must see. The amazing 360° panoramic painting on Norfolk Island depicting the story of the Mutiny on the Bounty and the descendants who settled Pitcairn and Norfolk took two artists two years to complete. Take a drive up to Mt Pitt and take in the spectacular a360° view of the whole island. Take a picnic and soak up the magnificent sunsets and sunrises. Mt Pitt is also the starting point for some of the amazing walking tracks in the National Park.
4. Meet the locals
With a population of approximately 1800 permanent residents, Norfolk Islanders are a friendly bunch of people with many being proud descendants of the original settlers. There are many tours involve mixing and interacting with the locals such as the Island Fish Fry at Puppy’s Point with local entertainment and spectacular views or a Progressive Dinner with a three course meal served in three different Island homes. Along the way you’ll be able to learn about the Island’s traditional recipes, local produce, conventional homes and the lifestyle of your host families.
5. Stay with us at Shearwater Villas
Make your trip to Norfolk Island a memorable one and come and stay with us at Shearwater Villas. Our luxury villas capture the full essence of Norfolk Island by giving you the finest views from a private peninsula that adjoins Bumboras beach. Enjoy magnificent outlooks of Philip and Nepean Island and the historical Kingston area. Shearwater Villas offer spacious and well-appointed studio, one and two bedroom villas. All villas offer great views and privacy and contain all the comforts of home. Relax with a glass of wine whilst taking in the spectacular views or enjoy an alfresco barbecue under the stars. Have a relaxing soak in the Shearwater Spa House or simply curl up with a good book. As far as unique holidays go, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Book your Norfolk Island Accommodation Holiday today. You will be glad you did!
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