Holidaying on Norfolk Island is a little like entering the Tardis. As you fly over the island on arrival, one of the first impressions is that it is way too small to support a whole community. There are many cattle properties in Australia that are far bigger than Norfolk Island!
However, when you start exploring, you are amazed at how much there is to see and the variety of things to do. If you are a beach holiday person, take your pick of five secluded spots for you to enjoy relaxing on pristine sands and immersing yourself in crystal waters. You want to snorkel? Then there is a glorious lagoon, Emily Bay, with a soft coral reef, or Slaughter Bay right next door; an offshore island; and several rock pools to explore.
If bushwalking is your thing, meander the winding roads, or the tracks through the national parks and reserves that pass through a surprising variety of country from rainforest to steep cliff-sides. There are some great masseuses on the island too, so after a day of trekking through native tree ferns and Norfolk Island pines, relax with an aromatherapy, reiki or deep tissue massage.
For those who want to investigate Norfolk’s eerie convict past, world heritage listed Kingston is absolutely free to wander through and there are bus tours, self-guided ipod tours and museum tours to help you get the most out of your time here. For those researching genealogy, the heritage resource centre is a must.
Golfers, bowlers, tennis players, archers and shooters are all catered for. There are annual sporting events in each sport and facilities available for casual games. Keen anglers will love the fishing charters that run on every fine day and inevitably return laden with their catches.
There is the Bounty story that concluded with the mutineers’ descendants claiming Norfolk Island as their new homeland over 150 years ago. Attractions, tours, and cultural exhibitions pay homage to this fascinating heritage.
But there is still more to Norfolk Island! This little Tardis keeps producing its treasures like a magician pulling rabbits from a top hat! Galleries and gift shops display the fabulous creativity of the resident artists. Numerous cafes and restaurants make the most of the fresh produce at their doorsteps with delicious results. And there are boutiques, jewellery shops and local markets to provide for those who need their retail fix.
There is more to Norfolk Island than you can imagine, so come and enter the Tardis and choose your favourite kind of holiday. For further information check out www.norfolkisland.com.au