I recently spent time travelling Norfolk Island. I noticed that there wasn’t a large amount of information available online about travelling here. I’m going to give you the A to Z of travelling Norfolk Island. I normally don’t publish these kinds of articles, but wanted to try out something different.
Kingston & Arthur Vale
A is for Air NZ
Air New Zealand is the only airline serving this island and you will need to depart from either Australia or New Zealand. It is the national airline of NZ.
B is for Burnt Pine
Burnt Pine is the main town in the centre of Norfolk Island. This is where you will find majority of the cafes, shops, travel agents, accomodation etc.
C is for Cow Central
I have never been somewhere with as many cows as Norfolk Island. The island is covered in grassy fields and cows, which graze on the land all day.
D is for Duty Free
The island has a few duty free stores, which is perfect if you love shopping. These range from athletic shops to shops selling perfumes and jewellery.
E is for Endemic Wildlife
Norfolk Island has a lot of endemic wildlife, such as various seabirds and forest birds. This also includes some endangered and vulnerable species.
F is for Free Activities
I think this is a good place to visit in terms of free activities. It is an excellent place to hike and/or swim and snorkel in the numerous bays.
G is for Golden Orb Cafe & Bookstore
The Golden Orb Cafe and Bookstore is a lovely spot to grab a coffee and perhaps a cake. In addition, the cafe has an array of books to read & buy.
H is for Hilli’s Cafe & Restaurant
Hilli’s Cafe & Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily and features a delicious menu. There’s also a nice desert menu if you are feeling cheeky.
I is for Interesting History
The Cyclorama on the island is both one of the easiest and entertaining ways to learn about Norfolk’s history and about ‘The Mutiny on the Bounty’.
J is for Jacob’s Rock
Jacob’s Rock can be seen from Puppy’s Point. It is located on the West Coast of the island and is the perfect place to have a picnic and watch the sunset.
K is for Kingston & Arthur Vale
The Kingston and Arthur Vale area is a UNESCO site and is a unique way to learn about the history of the island. It also is home to a couple of museums.
L is for Longridge Arches
The Longridge Arches are a historical structure on the island. Their ‘main purpose was as an agricultural settlement’ (Livinglibrary.edu.nf, 2019).
M is for Mount Pitt & Bates
Mount Pitt is only a little bit shorter than the tallest mountain on the island, which is Mount Bates. These both have beautiful views & hikes over Norfolk.
N is for Norfolk Pines
I bet you guessed it, but in case not – Norfolk Pines are native to Norfolk Island. They are beautiful & I was never not able to see one of these trees.
O is for Off-Season
The off-season can be a better time to visit, as the weather is usually good in shoulder seasons. Also, flights to the island are expensive in peak times.
P is for Phone Coverage
I was a bit surprised with the phone coverage here. It is nowhere near as good as mainland Australia, but a few Australian carriers will work here.
Q is for Queen Elizabeth Lookout Point
The Queen Elizabeth lookout has a beautiful view over Kingston and Arthur Vale, as well as out to Phillip and Nepean Island. It’s one sure not to miss!
R is for Roundabout Lacking
Norfolk Island is home to one roundabout. In addition, the island has no traffic lights. There is not a whole lot of traffic congestion, at all honestly.
S is for Swimming & Snorkelling
I don’t think you have visited Norfolk Island if you didn’t go swimming and snorkelling. I can highly recommend Emily Bay for both of these activities.
T is for Tours Available
The island has quite a lot of tours on offer to tourists. These range from island tours & glass bottom boat cruises to dinner performances & events.
U is for Underrated Travel
I believe this is one of the most underrated travel destinations on Earth. It is beautiful & a relatively quiet place to explore. I think you would fall in love.
V is for Village Visit
The Pitcairn Settler’s Village is another good way to learn about the history of the Island. There are guided tours running on Wednesday & Saturday.
W is for Wifi Coverage
I found that the island didn’t have the best wifi coverage or connectivity. This is another small point to keep in mind before you visit Norfolk Island.
X is for Xtra Beautiful
I know this letter is kind of cheating, but how many words do you know that start with X? Nevertheless, Norfolk Island is beautiful and worth a visit.
Y is for Yoga Classes
The island has a studio in Burnt Pine, which is where you can practice yoga. I think adding an element of exercise & relaxation is essential for any trip.
Z is for Zero Traffic
The island basically has zero traffic. I pointed out before that there are no traffic lights and only one roundabout, but they are honestly not missed.
Queen Elizabeth Lookout
…and now you know the A – Z of travelling Norfolk Island! I have a few other articles on the island if you are keen to visit. Firstly, I have an ultimate guide on planning a trip to the island, as well as a post on budget tips and advice. I would love to know if you have been here and which spots you cherished!
Queen Elizabeth Lookout
Environment.gov.au. (2019). [online] Available at: https://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/f538ce64-7875-49c1-bdcb-88bcd3304ce0/files/bird-brochure.pdf [Accessed 12 Jul. 2019].
Livinglibrary.edu.nf. (2019). longridge. [online] Available at: http://www.livinglibrary.edu.nf/_/Longridge.html [Accessed 12 Jul. 2019].
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