A Beautiful Island with unique authentic experiences.
Welcome aboard! Today we make our way down to Melbourne airport for our flight to Sydney. On arrival into Sydney, we will be transferred to our overnight accommodation, Sofitel Darling Harbour. Sofitel Darling Harbour is a beautiful hotel situated right on the Darling Harbour. Sit back and relax with your fellow travellers in the hotels many exquisite features. Or meander along the Harbour while taking in the city’s vibrant culture. Dinner tonight will be served at the Hotel.
After a hearty breakfast! Transfer to the airport for our flight to Norfolk Island go through airport formalities. As you begin to fly into Norfolk Island you will notice a dramatic change in scenery from the city. Fly over Norfolk’s rolling hills and quaint country landscape. When you arrive in Norfolk go through airport formalities and be transferred to your accommodation which will be the South Pacific Resort for the next 7 nights. South Pacific is conveniently located in the heart of Burnt Pine with a sweeping valley and garden views, the South Pacific is just a short stroll to local shops and cafes. Tonight, enjoy a BBQ dinner at your accommodation as you settle into Island time.
This morning you will have an Island orientation tour a must for every visitor. Visit historic Kingston, Cascade, Longridge & much more. See and hear the famous convict buildings, beautiful beaches & golf course, the renowned Melanesia Chapel. Enjoy views from a scenic spot on this full commentary conducted tour. Rest for a delicious morning tea in the garden of an historic island home built by Fletcher Quintal- descendant of ‘Bounty’ mutineers Fletcher Christian & Matthew Quintal. This afternoon visit the beloved property "Out Yenna” of Colleen McCullough, world-renowned author of 24 books. Be escorted through her magnificent home and view Ric and Colleen’s priceless collection of artefacts gathered on their travels all over the world. This evening enjoy a beautiful meal at Hilli’s, a favourite local restaurant before settling in for the evening.
This morning enjoy getting a real insight into the lifestyle on Norfolk Island, you will meet the people and see the industries in action. Visit a few of the locally owned businesses that make up the industries. Norfolk Island has a huge number of small businesses making different local products that we are able to see - and maybe have a taste of! We will also enjoy morning tea at a beautiful scenic location. Following by a Norfolk Island Farm Tour. Whilst tourism is Norfolk’s largest industry, it is by no means its only one. On this tour, we take you on a selection of the many other enterprises that sustain the community. These might include: raising meat, producing sheep, market gardening, pig farming, manufacturing liqueurs, gardening or exporting Kentia seedlings. Getting to know the lifestyle doesn’t stop there, tonight you are in for a real treat. Experience a 3-course meal, progressing to different Norfolk Island family homes. Each home has been carefully selected - and each dinner host has a sensational story to tell. You’ll hear all about their family’s history and day to day life.
Today join John and his Island staff- all direct descendants of the Bounty Mutineers; on an exciting 3- hour tour to points of Norfolk, accessible only by 4WD. This back of beyond tour takes you through private properties and the national park featuring spectacular scenery, native flora & bird life. It also includes delicious homemade cakes with tea & coffee at a beautiful Island home. Don’t expect a rough race through the scrub. Drivers are conscientious and knowledgeable. All vehicles are comfortable modern 4WD’s. Great for all ages. Tonight, Dinner will be at The Norfolk Island Fish Fry. The Fish Fry is by far the most popular event for travellers. Ask anyone what you need to tick off when you come to Norfolk Island - they’ll say the Island Fish Fry. This fantastic event has been operating for over 40 years. Imagine - a feast of local dishes, salads and homemade coconut bread, alongside mouth-watering fried fish that you won’t forget. Your feast overlooks breathtaking coastal scenery as the sun sets - with live music in the background. The dishes include ‘Pilhi’ (savoury banana Slice,) a special sweet potato mash with local herbs called ‘Ana’, coconut bread and delicious coconut pie and cream for dessert. Your evening is completed by local entertainment from the Baunti Byuutis dancing group, on the exclusive Western Side property ‘Orn Dar Cliff’. You can view the incredible sun setting over the ocean. It is honestly one of the most stunning sunsets you will ever witness.
Are you a green thumb? This morning’s tour is for you! Feature some of the most stunning gardens on Norfolk Island. Through the morning, we visit a nursery owned and operated by a Norfolk Islander, and view the hydroponics. We also visit a gorgeous private garden with a spectacular view and Norfolk Islands only maze! You will also see some of our rare and endangered plants and hear about how the different settlements of the past have influenced the gardens of today. Morning tea is also included, at a scenic location. This afternoon Want to learn all about Norfolk Islands Convict History? Visit the World Heritage Listed Georgian settlement of Kingston. This whole area is a living showcase of Polynesian, convict and Pitcairn Islander history. We take you through the cemetery, where you will hear the history of the colonial headstones, as well as the old houses along Quality Row. You will also walk through the ruins of the New Gaol, see the Pier Store, Boat Shed and the Crank Mill - all of which has to be seen to be believed. Trust us - the only way to truly experience the incredible history of Norfolk Island - is to see it for yourself. Afternoon Tea is included. This evening will also be a highlight Dress as a convict and join in with the Commandant for an evening of gaiety, feasting, singing, and dancing. We supply the outfit - all you need to do is bring your sense of humour! And prepare yourself for a delicious meal with your new friends. This is Norfolk Island’s only dinner and dance night - and one of our most anticipated events. It’s a great night out for all ages!
This morning enjoy a walk in the great outdoors, with a delicious breakfast waiting at the end! Take your choice of a stroll through Palm Glen Reserve or for the more energetic, a leisurely 3.5 km walk through scenic Mt. Bates (the highest point on the island! to Captain Cook Monument. It stands at the spot where Captain James Cook and his officers landed in 1774 - and has spectacular views of the coastline. At the end of the walks, we all meet up on the clifftop for a delicious breakfast barbecue. (These walks are not recommended for anyone with medical conditions) This tour is also flexible - if you would prefer to sleep in and skip the bush walk, but would like to have breakfast on the clifftop, you can join the walkers at Captain Cook Monument and share in the festivities. This afternoon is at leisure! This evening enjoy dinner at your accommodation followed by Wonderland by Night. Celebrating the stories of life gone by on Norfolk Island and how the past has shaped our identity. The setting is 10 acres of Norfolk Pines, which are lit up like an enchanted forest. Meander along (or ride in the ‘moon buggy’) through a gentle winding path with a descendant of the Bounty Mutineers, as they recite poems and light up the dioramas. while sharing entertaining stories. Enjoy a cuppa at the end of the bush, before being returned back to your accommodation.
This morning visit the amazing 360 degree panoramic paining on Norfolk Island. The Cyclorama provides a total experience, bringing to life the history of the Norfolk Island people and their connection with the infamous mutiny on the ‘Bounty’. An outstanding attraction and Tourism Awards winner, this stunning 360° panoramic painting with realistic 3D effects has been impressing visitors to Norfolk Island with its ‘wow’ factor for over 18 years. In 2014 the Cyclorama achieved the impressive ranking of No 5 in Australian Landmarks in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards. This afternoon head out onto the water in Christian’s Glass Bottom boat. Taking you on a cruise within the lagoon of Emily and Slaughter Bay. Norfolk Island has the second southernmost coral reef in the world and attracts a diversity of marine life. View beautiful coral gardens as you cruise the crystal-clear pristine waters of the lagoon. There’s also a wide variety of species of colourful fish on display. For our final night on Norfolk Island Join John and Alison who are direct descendants of Fletcher Christian for a night of laughter, cheer and sensing along with a group of talented descendants of the famous Mutiny on the Bounty. You will learn all about their culture including island dancing, island drumming, weaving, language and whaling. After a complimentary drink on arrival, enjoy a two-course sumptuous feast fit for a Mutineer!
This morning we say goodbye to Norfolk Island and start making our way back home. Fly into Sydney connecting to Melbourne. Once we arrive into Melbourne we don’t have to walk far! Walk across the road to the PARKROYAL where dinner will be waiting.
This morning after a delicious breakfast we will make our home after a magnificent tour exploring Norfolk Island.