Shearwater on Norfolk Island.

Why Shearwater?

Luxury and ocean-views await you at Shearwater

Shearwater on Norfolk Island takes it’s name from the Shearwater bird that migrates to Norfolk Island in October each year until April.  Bird watching from Shearwater is pleasurable with wheeling Fairy Terns and Tropic Birds to delight you.

  • Shearwater Norfolk Island entrance
  • Walkway to Bumboras
  • Shearwater view of Kingston and Bumboras

The Wedge-tailed variety arrive in their hundreds between the 18th and 21st October, returning to the same burrow they were hatched in, and stay until April or May. Where they go in the meantime is not known with certainty – it’s certainly a long way away and could be as far as Japan. While they are at sea they are active throughout the day but ashore, where they come to breed, they normally venture out only at twilight or night.

If you look out a few hundred metres towards Phillip Island around sunset, you’ll some-times see them floating on the water in huge `rafts’, waiting for the onset of semi-darkness before venturing ashore. They’re known as Ghost Birds by the islanders and you’ll know why when you hear their eerie moaning cries at night.

Much like the bird, when you stay at Shearwater Villas Norfolk Island Accommodation, you’ll be treated to beautiful ocean views and tranquility like no where else on earth.

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