Planning A Holiday to Norfolk Island? Top 11 Destinations Must Be on Your Visiting List.
Updated: Jan 31
Are you planning a holiday to Norfolk Island? Do you want to spend some quality time with your family? Whether you're off for a family or romantic trip, Norfolk Island will be the perfect place.
Norfolk Island is a semitropical paradise island situated halfway between New Zealand and Australia. This delightfully exceptional destination will completely amaze you with its rich history and breathtaking splendor.
Norfolk Island, surrounded by untouched waters, is perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, and surfing. It’s home to a vast national park, gigantic palm trees and walking trails. It offers a gamut of bays and sandy beaches undamaged by development. It’s a kind of destination that people of all ages would love to visit.
It is almost 5 miles (8 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide and evokes a sense of being absolutely isolated from the rest of the world. A popular holiday destination with pacific sunrises and sunsets will give you an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
When you spend a holiday on Norfolk Island, you will realise that it’s a place of history, mystery, and culture. With so much to do and see, you might find it challenging to plan your trip, but nothing to worry about. Channers on Norfolk can make your holiday on Norfolk Island very interesting, entertaining, and comfortable with the proper planning and by offering you great deals.
Whether the mysterious fate of Fletcher Christian excites you or historic convict settlements and the Mutiny on the Bounty triggers your interest or tax-free shopping, we’ll design a tour exclusively for you. Once you’re here, you’ll find multiple ways to experience it all. When people leave this place, we hear a common complaint from them. They say that a week for their Norfolk Island holiday was just not enough to explore this place fully. If you are also soon taking a short flight to this paradise, here is a list of the top 11 destinations in Norfolk Island that you should not miss visiting.
1. Norfolk Island Cemetery
The cemetery backs onto a quiet and relaxing beach and cliff. It’s a peaceful spot for a thoughtful stroll. Some of the headstones are captivating, dating back to the early 1800s settlers, military folk and convicts, some who were executed. When you visit this place, you will also be reminded of the many Pitcairn Island descendants from the Mutiny on the Bounty story, through several rows of headstones from the Nobbs, Evans, Quintal, McCoy and Christian families. There is so much more to a wander around this cemetery – one of the oldest in Australia.
2. Emily Bay Lagoon
It is a tropical beach with spotless sand and blue water, and you can see fish darting very clearly. This is one of Norfolk Island’s most popular swimming beaches. The reef-sheltered waters of this beach is perfect for a paddle. If you love adventure, swim out to the pontoon and relax in the sun before plunging back into the bay.
Furthermore, the snorkeling here is quite exceptional. During low tide, you can swim out to the reef where neon-bright fish weave around the coral. If you’d rather stay dry, hop on the glass-bottomed boat, which makes everyday trips out to the teeming reef. It’s home to over 60 individual marine species, and that’s not including the anemones and corals.
3. Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area
When you travel to Norfolk Island, you must visit Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area to enjoy Georgian architecture. This is a fascinating place, well-preserved buildings, fascinating ruins and past brutalities. When you wander around these areas, you will see the past as it has come alive, particularly with a local guide giving you a rundown on past events.
There are several museums which can all be visited with just one pass. You will enjoy the beautiful views across the sea. Anyone interested will truly find this a real treat. Whether you self-explore or do an island tour, Kingston is a must to see.
4. Captain Cook’s Monument
It is a beautiful destination with breathtaking scenery and incredible view. The park around the monument has picnic tables and BBQs, making it a perfect spot to visit on Norfolk Island. When you plan to visit Norfolk Island keep this place in your list of popular destinations. It’s a place of picturesque beauty and rich history. A must-visit place for your picnic and become even more beautiful with a perfect setting as the sun descends.
5. National Park and Botanical Garden
This is the most spectacular botanical garden where you will love watching a diverse collection of flora and birds. A beautiful walk through the national park will offer breathtaking views. The Norfolk Island Botanic Garden has the Discovery Centre, where viewers can learn more about the incredible range of plants and animals found on Norfolk Island.
6. All Saints Church and Archeological Museum
It is truly a beautiful building with great history. You will love the peace and silence in this historic monument. The museum was built in just seven months with incredible architecture that will leave you speechless. Your holiday on Norfolk Island will be incomplete if you don’t visit this museum. Beautifully constructed and delightfully cool, this is a great place to relax and enjoy history. The church is still in use.
7. Crystal Pool
It is located at Point Ross on the southwestern end of the island. Views from here are amazing. It can be your favorite destination if you love adventurous and fearless acts. You can reach these naturally formed rock pools only by a rope that takes you down a dirt track. Before going to Crystal Pool, it is important to ask at the Visitor Information Centre or your accommodation hosts for weather conditions and tide times. It is definitely not suggested for the elderly and cowardly.
8. Queen Victoria’s garden
The garden was built in memory of Queen Victoria. It is definitely worth a visit when you want to make your holiday on Norfolk Island more interesting. Situated next to the Hilli restaurant and the Fletchers Mutiny Cyclorama, visitors are welcomed to stroll through the gardens any time.
9. The local art gallery
The Local Art Gallery offers original artworks, memento postcards and canvas prints. You will find some amazing artwork displayed on the walls of the gallery depicting local Norfolk Island scenes. Buying some beautiful artwork pieces can be an ideal souvenir during your wonderful holiday on Norfolk Island.
10. The Hilli Goat Tour
The Hilli Goat is located at the spectacular cliff-top near Anson Bay. Take a short relaxing stroll around the edible gardens to interact and feed the amazing “hilli” goats and learn the history of the family farm and Hilli Goat business. At the Hilli Goat, fresh fruits and vegetables are grown with love. You will be shown the cheese process in the cheese shed. If you visit Norfolk Island, you should never miss this tour.
11. Fletcher Christian's Mutiny Cyclorama
Fletcher Christian’s Mutiny Cyclorama is one of the most popular attractions in Norfolk Island. The place is constantly impressing visitors and offers an ideal way to know the history of the Bounty story. You will discover how the world’s most famous maritime mutiny created the Pitcairn community and, subsequently descendants moving to Norfolk Island. Gallery Guava, a wonderful art gallery, is situated at the Cyclorama complex and shows various artworks by popular artists. Visitors can stroll inside a circular panoramic painting and enjoy the unique 3D effect with immense artwork and a realistic perspective.
We all must have heard the many holiday sayings like time to treat yourself, disconnect to reconnect, life is all about balance, relax, rejuvenate, revive, etc.! Norfolk Island offers all these in its own natural way by providing a fresh, stress-free and rejuvenating holiday. This heavenly island is just 2.5 hours of flying time from Brisbane or Sydney. With so much space, peace, and tranquility, the whole island is your very own holiday haven where you will find many places you can visit for free. Relax your body and mind at a yoga class, or just pick a relaxing, quiet spot for meditation. Sit on a clifftop and witness breathtaking sunsets and sunrises. You can also find an isolated beach and just spend the time with your partner or family members.
So, whenever you want to take a break from your busy life, just get in touch with Channers on Norfolk. We will be more than happy to offer you the best holiday packages to tailor your needs and budget. We have great deals to make your trip to Norfolk Island memorable. We can organise romantic dinners, history tours and nature walks, amongst other activities.