Norfolk Island National Park & Botanic Garden

Norfolk Island National Park & Botanic Garden

Norfolk Island National Park & Botanic Garden
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James S
324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Norfolk Island National Park & the Botanic Garden are two separate places, although the latter is also a national park. Both are easily walkable from Burnt Pine, Botanic Gardens obviously a bit closer (just go up Grassy Road) and quicker to get to than the much, much larger main park which you have multiple routes to get to it including walking past the Botanic Garden up Mount Pitt Road.

I walked to Botanic Gardens the second afternoon I was there. Walked all the tracks once inside. A lot of money has been spent on good quality boardwalks and stairs, but I just didn't find there was anything there worth seeing so it seemed a bit pointless, other than for exercise. Well except a giant green parrot.

Two days later I walked to the main National Park, going via New Cascade Road, turning left at the police station and going down J.E. Road. I chose not to continue on J.E. and going onto Red Road where most people drive to, and instead kept going straight and onto Selwyn Pine Road which turns from bitumen into a dirt road. But it's a pretty good dirt road (if you can't handle walking on a dirt road, then you probably shouldn't be walking in a national park). Shortly after it becomes the national park, Palm Glen entrance. There's a nice picnic/BBQ area here, the only other toilet block beside the one at the Captain Cook Memorial. The trails here, have boardwalks, stairs and that sort of thing comparable to the Botanic Gardens. But there's a lot more to see her, including views of Philip Island. Lots of birds land on branches as your walking the trail to say hello or maybe taunt you, I confess to not understanding their language but they have a pleasant sounding voice. The Palm Glen trail meets the red road trail (a fire track) you could either go left and eventually end up at Mount Pitt or as I did go right and after a while instead of continuing down the fire trail to the Red Road carpark, you turn left onto the Birdle Track. You could make the short walk straight to Captain Cook Memorial or detour onto the Bird Rock Track.

You won't make a better decision if you choose the latter, it's a steep gravel at times grass fire trail, there's a very small section with a few stairs to paralleling the fire track if you prefer to go down them, Eventually you have the Red Stone Link Trail to your left, but continue first down the steep grass as it takes you to the cliff overlooking some awesome rock formations including one that looks like an elephant. When the ocean moves back to form waves, it looks like the elephant is drinking the water. Bird Rock is behind it. There's an archway in a rock in the ocean if you look to the right.

You could either go back the way you came, or use the Red Stone Link Trail. This trail isn't a fire track so is a bit more interesting. It does have ropes on some parts indicating of course it is steeper than the fire trail that didn't have them. It eventually brings you back onto the Birdle Track, which as you get closer to the Captain Cook Memorial exit, if you look back you can see Elephant Rock and Bird Rock from a different angle. You'll also pass when you look out to sea, Cathedral Rock, Green Pool Stone, Moo-oo Stone and other interesting scenery.
Written 22 March 2024
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD9,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Visitor Center’s museum was open at 8AM exhibiting historical information, birdlife, Phillip Island’s giant centipede, and detailing the 2 species of tall tree ferns.
We then took the descending boardwalk to see the groves of 66’ Norfolk tree fern and the Rough tree fern amid the jungle of tall vine covered trees included in the 1986 Norfolk National Park. We drove up to its 1,044’ Mount Pitt for the 360 degree of the island.

Written 4 October 2023
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owenpnelson
Castle Hill, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
With a range of short trails to follow, this was an hour well spent on a cool September morning, but you could easily stay for longer. The fern gully on the longer trail was a hilight. Good walking shoes are needed for the steeper sections but well maintained and rest points dotted throughout. Highly recommended, and free of charge!
Written 24 September 2023
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WaynesWorld54
Canberra, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
Definitely visit the National Park. Great walks, although can be steep in parts. The views of the coast from Bird Island are spectacular. Lovely to hear the bird song and even spotted the green parrot and red robin.
Written 23 June 2023
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Andrew S
Maitland, Australia199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Both the walks around the national park, up to the summits and around the cliffs are beautiful and very enjoyable. Walking is mostly undulating on well made pathes with a couple of steep spots.

The Botanic Gardens are also a very pleasant set of walks in a secluded bushland setting.
Written 25 March 2023
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The Hungry Scot
Sydney, Australia224 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Family
A few different lengths of walks available. We did two of them but not the valley walk as after a while it all seemed the same. The visitor centre is worth a quick look too. Overall I was a bit disappointed.
Written 10 July 2022
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Dann_Mandi
Brisbane, Australia66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022 • Couples
Such an amazing place full of plant life and a scenery that goes from green canopies to brilliant ocean vistas. Getting to the top of Mt Bates from the Palm Glen carpark was hilly in some sections but easily navigated. Walking to Elephant Rock via The Brindle Track was moderately difficult, however, the view at the end must not be missed.
Good walking shoes are a must along with plenty of water
Written 30 June 2022
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Stanthorpe
Stanthorpe, Australia756 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
This is great half day walk or full day if you do more National park trails. The Botanical Garden walks through fern gully and rainforest circuits are very lush on well constructed boardwalks. Most are stairs but there is a boardwalk suitable for disabilities. Definitely worth the walk and a look.
Written 23 May 2022
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MDKbrisbane
Brisbane, Australia445 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
very well maintained gardens we lots of info on the different species of trees. the boardwalk makes it easy to walk round and there is a few tracks to take but all are well signed. there are stairs but if you take it easy if you have issues it should be ok. it is a very nice place to take a walk and enjoy the all the trees and the little fantail birds that are everywhere. we looked for the rare green parrot but they must been visiting somewhere else...next time ! at the visitors centre it tell you all about the birds in the park and other displays. also take your photo with the giant parrot in the other info area. well worth going to and also read all the info on the lady who founded this wonderful botanical gardens.
Written 23 April 2022
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Emanpee
Sydney, Australia2,737 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
A very good mix of island plant life and 5 interconnected trails that provide good coverage of the entire gardens. The small display centre is worth a quick visit. Trails are well marked but steep and stairs in many parts. The upper boardwalk and garden trails should suit most abilities. Toilets near entrance but no other facilities.
Written 10 April 2022
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