This is sponsored content for Norfolk Island Travel Centre
THERE'S something about seeing a group of women dressed in purple, wearing red hats and great bling, socialising, touring about and clearly having a fabulous holiday together, that just makes you smile!
Over the years on Norfolk Island the annual Gathering of Red Hatters brings quite a unique sense of fun and madness to this Island and they are coming back in July 2020.
Red Hatters describe themselves as being '50s+ something' aged women who meet and travel in the name of fun, wearing red and purple attire.
They say "the party is just beginning" having stopped counting the years and begun living life with fun at the top of the list.
With Red Hatters located across Australia and New Zealand, the gathering on Norfolk Island offers a 'meeting in the middle' for everyone to enjoy a shared holiday.
The Norfolk Island Red Hatters Gathering will run from June 30 to July 5, 2020. Travel packages including return airfares, seven nights' accommodation and seven days' car hire are now available departing Brisbane from $1,459 pp twin share, and Sydney from $1,509 pp twin share.
Additional activities are included in the Red Hatter Registration program at $500 per person (or a specially discounted $450 per person for those who book through Norfolk Island Travel Centre).
The Red Hatter program is packed with fabulous meals and tour. It includes a welcome dinner and entertainment, exclusive Red Hatter half-day island tour, and special Red Hatter luncheon at The Olive Branch located at the historic Norfolk Island Golf Club (glass of bubbles included).
There is also the special Red Hatter 'Shop till you Drop' at A Walk in the Wild including pre-dinner nibbles (and a glass of bubbles), exclusive Island Culinary Journey dinner with an island dance demonstration and a Christmas in July-themed dinner at Paradise Hotel with excellent - and fun - entertainment.
Each Red Hatter Chapter is led by a Queen (but of course!) and together with the Chapter members, the names they choose are based on personality traits mixed with, you guessed it, a bit of fun.
Norfolk Island's Chapter is led by Her Royal Highness Queenalee Rosalie Radiant Rose of Divinity, who rules over her Bounty Babes.
In all seriousness though, while frivolity may be what naturally occurs when Red Hatters get together there are some fundamental ways that being a Red Hatter can deepen, enrich and empower lives.
This comes from making new friends, sharing life's ups and downs and having the opportunity for a release from daily stresses, all while gathering on a Pacific island gem!
Suffice to say there must have been a reason why out of all the Pacific Islands he visited, the only place Captain Cook described as 'paradise' was Norfolk Island.
Within a breathtakingly beautiful environment experience turquoise waters over coral reef, soak up history in a World Heritage listed area and explore a unique local culture. There is as much or as little as you'd like to do on Norfolk.