The dog days of winter are always the longest, despite the lack of daylight hours, so why not take a break on the always-surprising Norfolk Island? Enjoy the fresh air and crystal waters of this little South Pacific gem and marvel at its night skies awash with starlight.
One of the advantages of a small island is the year-round sub- tropical climate, which means the temperatures don’t vary too much. The longer days provide ample opportunity to fit so much into your day. Marvel at the spectacular scenery, take a coastal or forest walk in the National Parks and public reserves you may even site the rare green parrot, visit the museums that depict the many layers of the island’s history, explore the World Heritage listed convict settlement, art galleries, weekly markets and boutique shops.
Two attractions not to be missed are the Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama and the historical St Barnabas chapel, both recently voted on Trip Advisors Travellers Choice awards.
The many cafes and restaurants offer the real paddock to plate experience with over 30 eateries all embracing the local bounty of fresh organic produce and seasonal signature dishes. Try the local blue beef, freshly caught fish, local cheeses, honey and delicious traditional dessert pies.
To reward your efforts at the end of the day, indulge in a relaxing massage treatment, or enjoy the sea or garden views from the comforts of your accommodation.
You can be as busy or as laid back as you want. The Islanders have their own word for taking it slow – it’s having a ‘hilli’; so why not have a hilli on Norfolk Island and chase those winter blues away!