There aren’t many places in the world where drivers wave as each car goes by, the beep of a car lock and unlock is completely foreign, all fresh food is seasonal or pulled from the sea and where children have such wonderful safe freedom. Welcome to Norfolk Island.
A popular tourist destination Norfolk Island has become a haven for families looking for a relaxing, action filled family holiday. Favourites include coastal and rainforest walks to see Norfolk’s endemic plants and birdlife, horseriding, fishing, miniature golf and swimming in what must be one of the safest beaches on the planet.
Emily Bay lagoon is naturally protected by a stunning above and under water, coral reef. At low tide the bay is like a lake, swim to the pontoon in its centre, go snorkeling, kayaking or see the underwater world by popular glass bottom boat. On high tide get set to take the body board down for some extremely tame, 5-year-old perfect, kiddie surf.
Join the locals at one of two jetties to toss in a line for a family feast - no pressure Dad, the island has top notch back up fish and chip shops. Dining options on the island are extensive and so too is the self-contained tourist accommodation for those who like to have an eat-in option.
It’s too easy to slip in some educational activities Norfolk Island has an amazing history and remarkable stories. Walk the reef to see if you can spot the old causeway where the HMS Sirius sank during the First Fleet Settlement. Visit A Walk in the Wild for interactive touch and tell stories scattered throughout the rainforest. Pick a tour from Norfolk Island Museums or take an iPod tour through the Second settlement ruins and the island’s historic cemetery which is also very convenient to rock pool adventures at Cemetery beach.
Top it off with some great shopping for everyone, beauty products for Mum, shoes for Dad and a huge range of toys including the cheapest Lego in the world.
The Travel Centre live on Norfolk and know Norfolk best, they specialize in bringing families to the island. Choose from a large range of accommodation. A central stay such as Hideaway Apartments with swimming pool from $789 per person ex Brisbane or $839 per person ex Sydney. Prices include return economy class airfare to Norfolk Island (seat + bag), airline taxes, meet and greet at Norfolk Island airport, 7 nights quad share accommodation, (car hire surcharge $18 per day plus petrol is extra), complimentary round of mini golf and ‘A Walk in the Wild’ and bonus discount Shopping Card. Prices subject to availability. If your own sea view is a must, ask for more information about various cottages and 4 ½ star houses scattered along the Norfolk Island coastline.
Norfolk Island Travel Centre
Norfolk Island Travel Centre, located on Norfolk Island, is an award winning travel agency that specialises in quality, personalised travel. Norfolk has a unique beauty of its own, with its renowned tall majestic pines, sheer cliff faces, coral reefs and beautiful beaches. Almost one third of the island is devoted to National Parks and Reserves. But Norfolk Island is far more than a picturesque island in the South Pacific, it is paradise with a past. What was once a convicts’ nightmare is now the tranquil home of the descendants from the Mutiny on the Bounty, who have their own unique culture and their own language. There is much to see and do on Norfolk Island: fascinating historic tours, see Kingston which is a World Heritage Listed area,outdoor re-enactments of the Bounty Mutiny (with parts played by actual descendants of Fletcher Christian), ‘Light and Sound’ shows, eco-tours, glass bottom boat coral reef trips, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, dining out in the numerous fine restaurants, bush walking, scenic horse riding, golf on what has been called the world’s most beautiful golf course, bowls, tennis, and squash. Take advantage of Norfolk's tax-free shopping or perhaps simply take some time out to relax and enjoy Norfolk's peaceful existence.
P: AU 1800 1400 66 or NZ 0800 0088 10