Norfolk Island - discover paradise!
Discover the incredible natural beauty of Norfolk Island that is also rich in history and culture. From pristine waters, rugged cliffs, convict ruins and breathtaking scenery – paradise awaits.
8 Day Tour
Tuesday 21 February - Tuesday 28 February 2023
Tour Cost (GST inclusive):
$3,995 per person twin share
$497 single supplement
- Air Fares (Qantas) ex Brisbane and all transfers on Norfolk Island
- Progressive dinner
- Discover our World Tour
- Bounty Folk Museum
- Breakfast Bushwalk
- Colleen McCullough Home Tour
- Island Fish Fry
- The Hilli Goat – Norfolk Whey Tour
- 1856 The Untold Story
- High Tea at Forresters Coourt
- Glass Bottom Boat Tour
- Convict Kingston Tour
- Entry to Cyclorama
- Dinner at Hilli Restaurant
- 7 nights accommodation at Paradise Hotel & Resort, Norfolk Island
- 7 buffet breakfasts, 7 dinners, 1 High Tea.
Day 1: (D)
Brisbane to Norfolk Island
Tue 21 Feb 23
Welcome to our Norfolk Island adventure. 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 to 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.
Day 2: (BD)
New and Old Norfolk
Wed 22 Feb 23
We wake to the peaceful sounds of birds – a terrific way to start the day. We are collected by Baunti Escapes for 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.
Next we’re off to visit 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. Her beloved property “Out Yenna” is now open to visitors 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 late into the night creating the incredible tales that have sold in their millions in so many different languages.
Day 3: (BD)
Bushwalk, Barbeque and Goats Cheese
Thu 23 Feb 23
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 and 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 meet Emily, the owner of a clean, green and sustainable dairy goat farm. In the Hilli Goat – the Norfolk Whey tour we’ll watch the milking of goats, wlak the edible garden and see the cheese making. It is a fun and interesting tour that finishes with a delicious array of tastings.
Day 4: (BD)
Emily Bay and Burnt Pine
Fri 24 Feb 23
We start the day from picturesque Emily Bay where we head out on our unique Glass Bottom Boat tour. Our guide will share their knowledge of Norfolk’s marine life and once we’ve “walked the plank” with these ‘mutineer descendants’, it takes a minute to get to the Reef. Here we’ll be able to view the beautiful coral gardens and tropical fish inside the calm crystal waters of Norfolk’s lagoon. We have the afternoon free to browse Burnt Pine’s shops at our leisure. Take a stroll along Taylors Road, visiting all the various boutiques, outlets and specialty stores.
Tonight, we enjoy dinner at the local Norfolk Island Bowling Club.
Day 5: (BD)
A Day to Relax
Sat 25 Feb 23
You have a relaxing day ahead to undertake your own sightseeing if you would like to organise an additional tour or hire a car. You might like to walk into Burnt Pine and have a coffee and go shopping, 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. All activities are at your own expense and arrangement.
Early evening, we are off 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 a performer and Tahitian-style dancers. Following dinner, we join the 1856 Untold Story tour, as the past is brought to life by recounting stories of the original families – told by today’s descendants. The 1856 Untold Story will follow their journey in the World heritage Kingston area, revealing where they lived and how they adapted to their new life on Norfolk Island.
Day 6: (BHTD)
Markets & High Tea
Sun 26 Feb 23
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. We also spend some time at the interesting Bounty Folk Museum before we are collected for our visit to 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. In this beautifully presented setting with linen and fine china, we enjoy our tea and coffee with a selection of local liqueurs to round out our indulgent afternoon. Dinner this evening is at our resort before retiting for the evening.
Day 7: (BD)
Norfolk Island Convict History
Mon 27 Feb 23
Enjoy a morning at leaisure beofre our afternoon’s Convict Kingston Tour where we return to Kingston to 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. Tonight, we bid goodbye to Norfolk Island with a farewell dinner at the delightful Hilli Restaurant.
Day 8: (B)
Norfolk Island to Brisbane
Tue 28 Feb 23
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. It will feel as though we are standing on a pier or ship’s deck and a part of the scene. A spectacular 3D effect is achieved with realistic perspective and detailed artwork stretching all the way to the visitor’s feet. Storyboards, lists and maps explain Norfolk’s history in an easy to understand was, in case there is anything we missed during the course of the week. 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!