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Colleen McCullough Home Tour On Norfolk Island
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Colleen McCullough Home Tour On Norfolk Island

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Ages 2-95, max of 15 per group
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English
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  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • 79c Taylors Rd, Burnt Pine 2899, Norfolk Island
    Baunti Tours Office 79C Taylors Road, Burnt Pine
Pickup details
  • Please visit the Baunti Tours Office before to departure to confirm your pick-up time and exchange your voucher for a Baunti ticket.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Infants must sit on laps
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 91908P2

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Pick-up and drop off is included for hotels in the Burnt Pine township.
      • Clients are required to visit the Baunti Escape office in Burnt Pine prior to their tour to confirm pick-up details.
      • Most travellers can participate
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      Itinerary
      • You'll start at
        79c Taylors Rd
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      • 1
        Norfolk Island
        Stop: 2 hours
        Colleen McCullough, world-renowned author of 24 books called Norfolk Island home for almost 36 years. 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 exclusively to Baunti Escapes customers. Be escorted through her magnificent home and view Ric and Colleen’s priceless collection of artefacts gathered on their travels all over the world. This is a glimpse into the life of a modern day literary icon. If you have read her amazing books, you will love the experience of sharing the world of Colleen McCullough, author of “Tim”, “The Thornbirds” and “Morgan’s Run”.
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      • You'll return to the starting point
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      • Baunti Tours
        191
        Burnt Pine, Australia
        Joined in October 2018
      • jillcI947NA
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Love that honey. Great tour
        The highlight was the bee man who was so knowledgeable and passionate about his subject. Could have listened to him all day and of course the honey was delicious. The tea tasting was lovely and the initiative shown by that young man was impressive. The stories of the salt lady were fascinating
        Written 28 March 2024
      • Philwhill
        0 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Not so good fish fry
        Unfortunately the weather was not the best for this event. However we were not impressed by the meal. We got 2 small pieces of fish and salads, such as you could get anywhere else. Mine was okay but my partners was cold and dried out. Sure you could go back for seconds. The dessert was a coconut custard pie, not very appealing. No chips. The highlight of the evening was the singer. Otherwise I would not recommend it. Perhaps I was prejudiced as I had attended a fish fry years previously which was far better.
        Written 10 March 2024
      • 947dannyh
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Unfortunate Cancellation
        Unfortunately had to cancel our tours due to sickness The response from this company was fantastic With full refund offered and kind words of support
        Written 19 February 2024
      • Tropics-876
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great Intro to Norfolk Island
        9/10 for the Tour Guide on Tuesday am 7 Feb. Pick up from hotel and drop off were punctual. Knowledge as a local about local matters was excellent and general banter with the passengers was positive and uplifting. Driving skills were excellent. My only negative comment, as a person who has been on many tours in a number of countries, is that no name tag was worn by the guide. Yes, he introduced himself, but as part of a small group of other people I didn’t know, I am lucky to remember my own name!
        Written 7 February 2024
      • Chelenb33
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Good food and entertainment
        Better than expected. The fish was fresh and excellent quality with thin batter. Salads were good as well with some Pacifica dishes also offered for variety. The venue is covered but open air. The local musician gave a pleasant musical backdrop with some interesting stories about his family of Pitcairners. This was followed by a hula dance ensemble of young women from the island. All in all a pleasant experience.
        Written 3 February 2024
      • Chelenb33
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Worth it
        Excellent informative tour lasting around 3 hours focusing on Kingston. Our tour guide Rachel was courteous, answering all our questions and did not rush us through an itinerary. Offering water to guests would be an improvement. Highly recommended
        Written 3 February 2024
      • friederikak2014
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Keen on Kingston
        Our 8th generation local tour guide, Rachel gave us a very engaging, educational, and enjoyable tour of world heritage-listed Kingston yesterday. Her extensive knowledge, complemented by rich anecdotes, gave us a real feel for the complex history of Norfolk Island. An unexpected bonus was a spontaneous visit to the newly dug-up archaeological site of a drain near Government house. It was a very pleasurable and informative afternoon, thank you.
        Written 31 January 2024
      • Donna J
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A Cultural Delight
        This was a very interesting and informative tour. It was wonderful to be invited into a true Norfolk Islanders property and listen to island stories that would not necessarily be shared on other tours. It really gave us a great appreciation of how gifted islanders are at improvising and problem solving. This tour was truly a rich cultural experience. The tasting plate was delicious thanks to the wonderful chef and Mark the poet shared some moving island inspired poems.
        Written 23 January 2024
      • Z2784OFdavidb
        0 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        A lottery - depends on the home!
        Expect anything. Entree course we had a woman who gave us a comedy history of her family, which was fun. Main course the hostess produced her frail 86 year old uncle to talk about whaling, who had obvious memory loss and kept forgetting what he was saying. Sweet guy but very hard going, and not once did she come out to support or help him. Dessert course we were politely blackmailed into buying a local fundraising liqueur, while the hostess regaled us with stories of basically how fabulous she was. With 50+ people in the group there is very little (i.e. none) chance to talk to the hosts about anything, it's a case of "get in, eat, get out." Food was very ordinary. I know this tour has been around for a long time, and in theory it's a great idea, but I think the Norfolkians are doing it by numbers and just grabbing the tourist dollar, which is disappointing. Might be time to revisit the concept and do it better than they are at the moment.
        Written 10 January 2024
      • Z2784OFdavidb
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Show? What show? AVOID!
        Without doubt the worst thing we have ever sat through. Three performers - you'd never call them actors - staggering through a meandering list of historical trivia, "umms" and "aahs" everywhere because they can't remember the lines, sprinkled with overworked non-jokes along the lines of "the Commandant's wife never liked an early morning cock". All three laugh at their own jokes and think they're hilarious. They're not. Done in a bland hotel function hall with no sound, no lighting, no set, cheap badly-fitted costumes and zero atmosphere. Also features a narrator who for some reason ISN'T in costume like the others, and wanders around in a caftan with a book prompting them as they all forget what they're doing. It looks exactly like what it is - a very tired tourist gimmick for a captive audience screwed out of $100 in advance, who then have to buy overpriced cheap wine from the venue. And when you think it can't possibly get any worse, the food - the soup could have been anything, meat tough as an old boot, canned gravy and tinned veggies. We escaped before dessert. This embarrassment desperately needs a writer, a real script, genuine humour, a director with imagination, some (any) attempt at production values and actors who actually know how to deliver lines rather than C-grade amateurs. I've seen pre-school shows with more cred than this garbage. Excruciatingly bad - AVOID.
        Written 10 January 2024
      • dianemC5543NT
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Island Adventures 4WD Tour - great experience
        My daughter and I travelled to Norfolk Island in May 2023 and this tour was our favourite. The bus driver was great and shared his knowledge without any political conversations. We visited several private properties where the views were amazing so this tour is a must for photos. We ended with morning tea at the home of a local weaver. I would not hesitate in doing this tour again on my next visit, this tour was very good value for money.
        Written 5 January 2024
      • rachvb
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        What a fantastic evening.
        Had a great time at the dinner, we had a great group who really entered into the spirit of the evening. None of us guessed the murderer but was still an amazing time. Well done Rachel out host you did Norfolk island proud.
        Written 29 December 2023
      • rachvb
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great evening in a beautiful location
        What a great experience, would highly recommend and the fish was cooked perfectly. The staff especially Rachel were lovely.
        Written 29 December 2023
      • Passport790536
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Lovely Experience with good food.
        One of our events booked through Baunti tours on a recent visit to Norfolk Island. The fish fry was in an outdoor setting at beautiful Anson Bay. The event had a cash bar for wine and beer so you could slake your thirst and chat to other members of your table whilst over to one side people were beavering away cooking fish and preparing the accompaniments (salads and coconut bread, etc). The fish was trumpeter (red emperor), and was delicious and just kept on coming! The entertainment of the evening involved a group of young girls performing several pacific island dances. The backdrop was not the best and the costumes were on the plain side, but the enthusiasm and execution were very good. An enjoyable evening.
        Written 18 December 2023
      • Passport790536
        0 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Certainly not the best.
        My wife and I booked this on our first day on Norfolk Island as a 'must do' After our experience I would rate it as a 'must not do'. We expected more for the price of $95 each. In summary the 'show' was mostly a string of crude innuendos. The meal was disappointing. The main course was supposed to be a roast dinner but fell short of that, being fatty beef slices accompanied by what I assumed were canned mixed vegetables; all served up on cold plates. There were supposed to be three commandant actors - we only had two, with some of the third actor's dialogue being read from a script. I am an ex Navy person so I am used to bawdy language, but I must confess that at times I was embarrassed to be there. This was not one of the tours/events of our trip to NI that we wish to remember.
        Written 18 December 2023
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      trevorrose
      Bunbury, Australia114 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2024 • Couples
      This tour was a complete surprise! Never having read a Colleen McCulloch book, I tagged along with my wife who was very keen. It turned out to be a most interesting morning, with an interesting drive out to the property and then a most personal and informative look into the house and the life of the famous writer.
      Our guide, Rebecca, having worked with McCulloch for many years, was a veritable mine of information and the exquisite furnishings, art and artefacts in the house was incredible.
      Definitely recommend this tour!
      Written 27 March 2024
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      garry o
      1 contribution
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2024 • Friends
      My friend wanted to go not me but I really enjoyed the tour Cols housekeeper that took us through was wonderfull with great insight to Colleen very much enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend it.
      Written 21 March 2024
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      KateE
      Melbourne, Australia48 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2024 • Friends
      Lovely home in idyllic surrounds. Welcomed by Rebecca and shown through many rooms; so many pieces collected by Colleen over the years are on display. Absolutely loved the 'fernery' - would love to sit there & chat to Colleen with a cuppa !
      Written 29 February 2024
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      Colleens home is a unique experience. We are so glad you got to enjoy it.
      Written 1 March 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Keith G
      Adelaide Hills, Australia5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2023 • Solo
      A real thrill to visit the home of an author whose books you've read and largely enjoyed.
      Guided by her long time housekeeper who gave all relevant facts about Colleen but also related many little anecdotes about her that much more fully filled out the life she led and revealed quite a lot about her character.
      The house itself is kept as it was during her occupation and many of the pieces of art, sculpture and furnishing are of great interest in their own right.
      Absolutely worth experiencing.
      Written 10 January 2024
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      Helen W
      Traralgon, Australia2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2023
      Beautiful place to go. After reading the negative reviews I was pleasantly surprised. Very expensive items of extremely high value are here. I enjoyed listening to the housekeeper and had an enjoyable time looking over all the paintings and stain glass windows. Think Col was able to purchase these items many years ago. The fernery is very relaxing. Didn’t purchase a book as no cash. Was driven back to our accommodation.
      Written 16 August 2023
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      Thank you for your feedback on our Colleen McCullough Home tour. It is one of our most popular tours where visitors get to experience the life and times of one of Australia's most famous authors.
      Written 17 August 2023
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      Linda C
      18 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      July 2023 • Solo
      Being a fan of Colleen’s writing I enjoyed this tour. Her home is amazing and you can see why she could write in peace there. The library was to die for and the black bathroom, well you just had to be there . Not a trip to take children on , too many valuable things that little hands many touch
      Written 9 July 2023
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      Diane M
      Tasmania, Australia11 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2023 • Family
      I did not enjoy this tour as much as I thought I would, but I'm still glad that I did it. The tour was very informative but I found some of the rooms to be smallish and hard to move around with a busload of tourists.
      Written 5 June 2023
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      We are glad you did the tour. The numbers are kept a minimum of 21, but yes some of the rooms are smallish
      Written 7 June 2023
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      John H
      Perth, Australia110 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2023 • Couples
      Very interesting .A must for the Colleen McCullough fans .
      Still worth it for the Experience You can also purchase some of her books at the house ..
      Written 26 April 2023
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      Thank you for your lovely review, we take great pride in our tours so are delighted you enjoyed the experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to auwas ailen soon.
      Written 27 April 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Lexie S
      Taree, Australia9 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      This was a fabulous experience. Totally unexpected and enjoyable with a very knowledgeable guide (the housekeeper).
      Written 8 October 2022
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      Jillian S
      Tarwin Lower, Australia67 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Vile home, vile furnishings and a bored tour guide/housekeeper. Like so much on Norfolk Island, this tour gave you what some of the locals (in this case, the ones who had benefited from the writer’s largesse) wanted you to hear. Carefully curated, and propping up a myth. The housekeeper should have concentrated on cleaning the place, especially the toilet in the bookstore. It was filthy.
      Written 19 August 2022
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      Hi 464jillians, We will pass on your comment to Colleen's husband who oversees the tours to his home.
      Written 21 August 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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