Welcome to paradise – Norfolk Island

Written by Brooke Wilson

A unique escape and now reopened for tourism, gorgeous Norfolk Island is bursting with things to do.

Less than three hours flight form Brisbane, it is the perfect destination to head ‘overseas’ without the tedium of a long-haul flight.

An unassuming, yet unforgettable paradise, you will be spoilt for choice for activities here, ranging from history tours to language classes to progressive dinners and so much more. Dubbed the ‘best place on earth’ by the locals, delight in taking a step back in time to a place where the free roaming cows have right of way, everyone know everyone, and where it’s mandatory to wave at those you pass.

During the day, entertain yourself by exploring the island on a half day tour, taking in the historic Kingston, Cascade, and Longridge.

Visit the convict buildings and the Melanesian Chapel and stand in awe of the breathtaking views from the top of the hills.

An absolute must do when on the island is the progressive dinner.

Join like-minded travellers and the friendly residents of Norfolk Island as you progress through three different local homes.

Enjoy a delicious course in each, while your host shares the stories of their own family history, interwoven with the history of the bounty mutineers.

Another extremely popular dinner is the island fish fry. Having been in operation for over 40 years, its longevity is a testament to the entertaining evening you are sure to have.

Feast on freshly caught fish, homemade bread, salads, and more, all the while enjoying the dancing of the local troupe, Baunti Byuutis.

Round out the evening at the Wonderland by Night tour. Set amongst ten acres of Norfolk Pines, wander along under the spectacularly lit up trees, listening to your guides’ poetry and stories of life on the island.

For those a little more adventurous, go snorkelling in Emily Bay, a crystal clear lagoon full of coral and fish, but protected by a reef, making it the perfect spot to swim.

You could also take a walk to the summit of Mount Pitt, spiking you with stunning 360 degree views of the entire island.

After a big day exploring, relax with a drink and nibblies on your front veranda at one of the many accommodation options, watching the sun go down behind the famous Norfolk Island Pines.