New Year's Eve on Norfolk Island
Progressive Dinners, Peaceful Pine Trees and Perfect Sunsets.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the locals.
Tuesday 28 December 2021 - Tuesday 4 January 2021
Brisbane to Norfolk Island
Tue 28 Dec 21 (D)
Welcome to our Norfolk Island adventure, seeing out the year in South Pacific bliss. Once we board our short flight this morning, it is not long before the iconic pine trees and green hills of Norfolk Island come into view from our window and our anticipation will begin to build. Warmly greeted upon arrival, we transfer to our home away from home, the Paradise Hotel & Resort. Surrounded by subtropical gardens, we’ll be welcomed into the resort and shown to our rooms. Unpack and settle in for the next 7 nights.
This evening we participate in a fixture of Norfolk Island, 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.
New and Old Norfolk
Wed 29 Dec 21 (BD)
Today we head off on 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. The afternoon’s Convict Kingston Tour returns to Kingston and we’ll hear about the first settlers, the Polynesians who came 900 years ago and the facts and legends associated with the first and second convict settlements. Dinner this evening is at our resort before retiring for the evening.
Bushwalk, Books and a Banquet
Thu 30 Dec 21 (BD)
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 amongst the pines, with all the trimmings. It will be a wonderful way to start our day. Next we’re off to witness the interesting property of the late Colleen McCullough. The world-renowned author of 24 books called Norfolk Island home for almost 36 years and today we have the opportunity to 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 are able to 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 in their millions in so many different languages.
With Baunti Tours, we head 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! We’ll be entertained by an entertainer and Tahitian-style dancers. On conclusion we return to our resort.
Norfolk Today and Burnt Pine
Fri 31 Dec 21 (B)
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. We have the afternoon to inspect Burnt Pine’s shops at our own leisure. Take a stroll along Taylors Road, visiting all the various boutiques, outlets and specialty stores.
Tonight, we head out to join the New Year’s Eve celebrations with the locals. There will be an opportunity to purchase dinner, enjoy the entertainment and absorb the festive atmosphere. We are safely transferred home at a time that suits us.
A Day to Relax
Sat 1 Jan 22 (BLD)
We have a relaxing day ahead to undertake our own sightseeing, or simply enjoying the hotel surrounds. Why not find your book and enjoy the outdoors, lounging by the pool. It will be our chance to take it easy and have a rest. A delicious buffet lunch will be served at our hotel.
Markets & High Tea
Sun 2 Jan 22 (BHTD)
This morning we have the chance to enjoy a wander through the Sunday Markets with plenty of time to snap up a bargain or two, or the opportunity to enjoy a morning Church Service. Later we are off for a special treat and visit the clifftop property of Forresters 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. With 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.
Norfolk Island Coral Gardens
Mon 3 Jan 22 (BD)
This morning sees us heading out on our unique Glass Bottom Boat tour. Once we’ve “walked the plank” with these ‘mutineer descendants’, it takes a minute to get to the Reef. View beautiful coral gardens and tropical fish inside the calm crystal waters of Norfolk’s lagoon. Our guide will provide interesting commentary on this environmental tour. The remainder of our day is our final chance to do any last-minute shopping or sightseeing. Tonight, we bid goodbye to Norfolk Island with a farewell dinner out.
Norfolk Island to Brisbane
Tue 4 Jan 22 (B)
This morning we visit the stunning 360° panoramic painting at Cyclorama which continues to impress with its ‘wow’ factor. It brings to life the Bounty mutiny and the history of the Norfolk Island people and is a great way to finish our tour. Collecting our packed bags, we prepare for departure and head to the airport. We arrive home with fond memories of being a Norfolk Island local for a short while!