7 Day Norfolk Island Adventure
Be immersed in the warm embrace of local living and discover the rich heritage of the landscape from steep ocean cliff tops and patches of sub-tropical rainforest set amongst convict ruins and the famous Norfolk Pines.
23-30: 7 Day Norfolk Island Adventure – $3,410 Per Person Twin Share + $360 Single Supplement
At this late stage, full payment is required upon booking.
- 6 night’s accommodation
- 5 cooked hotel breakfasts
- 4 hotel dinners, plus 2 others – (see below)
- Return airport transfers and meet and greet on arrival into Norfolk Island
- Half day, Discover Our World Tour with Baunti Tours
- High Tea/Lunch at Forrester’s Court
- Gardeners Delight Tour with Baunti Tours
- Hilli Goat – The Norfolk Whey Tour
- Progressive Dinner with Baunti Tours
- Australia Day BBQ Lunch at Paradise Resort
- Norfolk Today Tour with Baunti Tours
- Transfers and entry to the Pitcairn Settlers Village
- Wonderland by Night Tour with Pinetree Tours
- Breakfast Bush Walk with Baunti Tours
- Return Transfers and entry to Cyclorama
- Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
- Island Fish Feast Dinner with Baunti Tours
- Colleen McCullough House Tour with Baunti Tours
Day 1: Saturday 23 January: Sunshine Coast to Norfolk Island (D)
Arriving at the Brisbane International terminal, we board our 10.20am Air New Zealand flight across to Norfolk Island. A short while later, the iconic pine trees and green hills of Norfolk Island will come into view from our window and anticipation will build. A representative of Baunti Escapes will be there to welcome us to the island and see us to our accommodation at the South Pacific Resort – where Sib worked in 1993. Set in lush subtropical gardens with mountain and valley views, we have the perfect surroundings to ease ourselves into our environment. The resort is located in the township of Burnt Pine so we’ll be able to wander through the shops during our free time. Settle in, unpack and relax prior to dinner.
Early evening, we are off to the western side of the island for the wonderful Island Fish Feast. Perched on the clifftop above Anson Bay we will have an eagle-eyed view of the tiny crescent shaped beach and the magnificent spread of ocean stretching to the far horizon. We’ll enjoy paddock to plate freshness including local fish, prepared the local way, and be entertained by Tahitian-style dancers.
South Pacific Resort, Norfolk Island (phone 0011 6723 22166)
We wake to the peaceful sound of birds, a terrific way to start the day. Today we are collected by Baunti Escapes for the Discover Our World Tour. We will be introduced to the island to set the scene for our stay. Our tour includes a visit to the convict buildings in historic Kingston and St Barnabas Chapel, built from the ruins of the New Gaol. Later, we are collected by Baunti Escapes for our visit to the clifftop property of Forrester’s Court, overlooking Cascade Bay. On the magnificent lawns we’ll be served a delicious High Tea with decadent food and a glass of sparkling wine. A beautifully presented setting with linen and fine china we enjoy our tea and coffee and a selection of local liqueurs to round out our indulgent afternoon. The remainder of the day is at our leisure and tonight we can meet again over dinner by the pool.
Our morning visit is to Cyclorama, a continuous 360-degree panoramic painting! It will feel as though we are standing on a pier or ship’s deck and a part of the scene. A spectacular 3D effect is achieved with realistic perspective and detailed artwork stretching all the way to our feet. Storyboards, lists and maps explain the history in an easy to understand way. Following time for a lunch break (own expense) we are again collected for our afternoon tour where we meet Emily, the owner of a clean, green and sustainable dairy goat farm. On the Hilli Goat – the Norfolk Whey Tour we’ll watch the milking of the goats, walk the edible garden and see the cheese making. It is a fun and interesting tour that finishes with us enjoying a delicious array of tastings.
Day 4: Tuesday 26 January: Australia Day (B + L + D)
Today will be a relaxing day as, due to it being a Public Holiday, there are no tours operating and few locations open on the Island. We can enjoy the facilities at the resort this morning and, at lunch time, will make our way to the Paradise Resort for a BBQ lunch. Mid-afternoon we return to the resort and the remainder of the day is free before we meet again for dinner.
Day 5: Wednesday 27 January: More of Norfolk (B + D)
After breakfast, we join the Norfolk Today Tour. We’ll learn how Norfolk Islanders live in the 21st century and make life on this tiny South Pacific Island possible. How is petrol and gas brought to the island? How is the island powered? This is a behind the scenes tour where we’ll meet the locals and see how Norfolk plays a role in the worldwide weather monitoring as well as visiting the community radio station. Our immersion into local life continues this afternoon with our visit to the Pitcairn Settlers Village, where we’ll experience what life was like for Norfolk Island’s most recent settlers, the Pitcairners and their descendants, at one of the last few remaining original settler’s properties. Light refreshments are included during our tour. Following dinner, we travel into the bushland of Norfolk Island. It is here that we are treated to a Wonderland By Night! The setting is 10 acres of magical Norfolk pines and bushland lit up like an enchanted forest. We’ll meander along (or ride in the Moon Buggy) a winding pathway with Archie, a descendant of the Bounty Mutineers, as he recites his poems and lights up the dioramas throughout the bush. Afterwards we enjoy a light supper.
Day 6: Thursday 28 January: Breakfast Amongst The Pines (B + D)
We have a different breakfast setting this morning as we are taken on a gentle-paced walk through a diverse habitat from rainforest to the Captain Cook Memorial. As we ramble along the track our guide will identify local grasses, ferns, shrubs as well as bird species. Our efforts will be rewarded with a delicious barbeque breakfast with all the trimmings. It will be a wonderful way to start our day.
We have free time for lunch and early afternoon we will be transferred to Emily Bay where we take in the unique Glass Bottomed Boat Tour. Our guide will share their knowledge of Norfolk’s marine life and once we’ve “walked the plank” with these ‘mutineer descendants’ it will take a minute to get to the reef. Here, we’re able to view beautiful coral gardens and tropical fish inside the calm crystal waters of Norfolk’s lagoon.
Tonight, we freshen up for an evening of meeting the locals on the Progressive Dinner. This is the perfect way to get a taste of the real Norfolk lifestyle. Our first stop is at the northern tip of the island to enjoy pre-dinner nibbles at a clifftop home with amazing ocean views. The evening finishes with main course and dessert at a large family home on the southern side of the island. Our host will also entertain us with some of his island experiences and share some of the historical practices and industries.
Day 7: Friday 29 January: Gardens, Famous Authors & Convicts (B + D)
Our Gardener’s Delight Tour will take us on a journey behind the scenes to experience a market garden complete with a flower garden and orchard. See a secluded old Island home surrounded by the most amazing gardens and irrigated by a hand dug well which was dug in the convict era. The next stop is the labour of love garden which is inspirational. We will also visit picturesque gardens with amazing views. Returning to our hotel, we have some free time before visiting the property of the late Colleen McCullough. The world- renowned author of 24 books called Norfolk Island home for almost 36 years and today we can see into her world. She and husband, Norfolk Islander, Ric Robinson, created a luxurious hideaway and maintained their privacy to ensure that Colleen had the perfect environment for her writing. Some of her most powerful titles were created in this much-loved sanctuary. Her beloved property “Out Yenna” is now open and we are escorted through her magnificent home where we can view Ric and Colleen’s priceless collection of artefacts, gathered on their travels all over the world. We will see where her books were researched and where she worked into the wee hours, creating the incredible tales that have sold millions in so many different languages. We complete our interesting day with a fun ‘Night as a Convict’ Dinner, where we dress as convicts and are in for an evening of gaiety, feasting and singing. Our convict outfits are issued to us for the evening… Great food! Great fun!
Day 8: Saturday 30 January: Heading Home (B)
After this morning’s breakfast, it is time to repack our bags and reflect on the footprint we leave behind on Norfolk Island. We store our luggage and have the morning at leisure to do some last-minute shopping before our departure. We’ll then say goodbye, having felt like a local for a short time uncovering the secrets of Norfolk Island.
Once we arrive in Brisbane, we will make our way home to the Sunshine Coast for home drop-offs.