Tucked away just off Australia's east coast, Norfolk Island stands as an idyllic subtropical retreat.
A mere 2.5-hour direct flight from Brisbane or Sydney seamlessly transports you to this captivating island - and there's no need for passports or visas. All you need is photo identification.
Navigating this unspoiled paradise is effortless.
While some days beckon for nothing more than comfortable walking shoes, the island boasts more than 120 kilometres of roads to explore. With a relaxed general driving speed of 50kph, you'll have ample opportunity to discover charming roadside market stalls (make sure you have some pocket change).
And remember, cows have right of way!
Accommodation ranges from hotels, cottages and holiday homes, to self-contained apartments - managed by warm, attentive locals who ensure your every need is met. No towering high-rises to block out the views, either.
There are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in history and culture.
The island's colourful history begins with its original Polynesian settlers and continues on to the arrival of British convicts and the emergence of the descendants of the Bounty mutineers who shaped Norfolk's unique culture.
You'll take a trip through time exploring exhibits at museums housed in heritage venues, as well as historic military and government buildings, and wandering through the haunting ruins of ancient jails.
Perhaps you'd like to join a guided tour of the cemetery where hand-carved epitaphs recount the stories of early inhabitants.
The island's rich soils, pristine waters and pure air yield a bounty of flavours.
Whether you're savouring a clifftop fish fry, indulging in a picnic overlooking Cascade Bay, or joining a progressive dinner hosted by welcoming locals in their homes, the island promises a culinary adventure for all palates.
When it comes to nature, Norfolk is blessed. Much of its 35 square kilometres is designated as national park or nature reserve. Self-guided walks and guided tours showcase the natural beauty and indigenous wildlife.
Emily Bay Lagoon, listed among the top 10 beaches in the South Pacific, is a popular swimming spot. And if you're keen to marvel at the underwater world, snorkelling at Slaughter and Emily bays is an excellent choice.
Some spots are best explored with a guide, and it's essential to check sea conditions and tide times before venturing out.
The island boasts one of the world's most scenic golf courses, offering breathtaking views from every hole. Or you can simply unwind with a refreshing drink on the clubhouse verandah.
Island services include a post office, internet cafe, grocery store, pharmacy, medical services and more.
Interested? Contact Spacifica Travel, 1800-667-365 or click HERE
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