Best Free Things to Do in Norfolk Island

THE 10 BEST Free Things to Do in Norfolk Island

Best Free Things to Do in Norfolk Island

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  • Virginia M
    Erina, Australia74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most stunning places to visit on the island. Lots of different things to do there. Very pretty, and surrounds has more history to be discovered. Obviously no surf there, but once you go out past the reef, that’s where the locals go surfing. Plenty of snorkeling to be done in the bay.
    Written 29 April 2024
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  • Connector724761
    Gympie Region, Australia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A most beautiful church inside and out and still in use to-day. Beside it is a tree not to be missed while you're on Norfolk.
    Written 2 May 2024
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  • James S
    324 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really well maintained historic and modern cemetery located at the end of Quality Row, in Kingston, Norfolk Island. The historic end backs onto Cemetery Bay which is a nice beach, and pleasant place to take a stroll after or before. The modern end of the cemetery lies the Golf Club.

    I first visited at night on The Lantern Lit Ghost Tour With Rachel Nebauer (incidentally that's the same tour you end up on if you booked the Baunti Lantern Lit Tour, if you were wondering). You get a bit of information on the cemetery by doing that. Plus that tour is pretty interesting and fun. Some graves such as Colleen McCullough's are pointed out.

    I came here on another day while just walking around the island on my own, the cemetery is a nice relaxing easy to walk around place. Keep walking along Quality Row and check out Bloody Bridge while in the area.
    Written 21 March 2024
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  • James S
    324 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic World Heritage Area is around a twenty minute walk from Burnt Pine down Taylor's Road. It covers a decent area, Arthur's Vale (farming area and first you encounter at the bottom of the hill on Taylor's Road, there's a few ruins in the fields here. Then you can choose to either follow Quality Row (houses soldiers stayed in back then, one is supposedly the most haunted house in Australia, the Golf Club, Cemetery and Bloody Bridge. Or keep going on Country Road detour off it to the right to Kingston Pier where Flagstaff Hill lookout is up a few stairs, along with various convict era buildings such as the hospital. Or keep going and walk past Slaughter Bay and Emily Bay. You'll easily see all of it on foot in a few hours. But you'll likely spend longer here, snorkeling in one of the bays or just sitting and taking it all in.

    There's no accommodation to stay in, in the World Heritage Area. But you can walk or drive around here at night. It is very dark though. You can also come down here on day tours or at night with Pinetree, Baunti, History & Genealogy Tours, or Islander Explorer Tours various themed excursions. I did the Sound & LIght Show (where you sit on a bus that spotlights Kingston buildings as a recording plays and actors outside the bus re-enact scenes. I did the Ghost Dinner also with Pinetree as well as the Lantern-Lit Ghost Tour With Rachel Nebauer (also sold through Baunti) These tours gave an excellent insight into the convict era of Kingston and what went on in the buildings, and are also a lot of fun.
    Written 22 March 2024
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  • Linda C
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    360 degree view of this beautiful island. Well worth a visit. It can be very windy so be prepared to be blown away
    Written 9 July 2023
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  • Darren S
    Bright, Australia2,756 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This should be high on your list for great views or a lovely walk.
    We walked the Bridle track to the lookout, which was just over 5kms .
    The road to Captain Cooks's lookout was closed, but if fit and able, the walk is well worth it.
    A few side tracks to take you to different vantage points of interest..
    A few steep sections along the way but sheltered from the sun and does get quite muddy after recent rains.
    Written 4 June 2023
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  • James S
    324 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • James S
    324 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was one of the last walks I did on Norfolk and have to say it was probably the best. It doesn't have anything like Elephant Rock where the elephant drinks the ocean, but it does still have some spectacular rock formations once you come to the cliffs and the forest reveals the Rocky Point cliffs. But the forest, the trees and the path itself is a lot more interesting than trails in the National Park.

    I walked here from Bumboras Beach (Cresswell Bay) after walking there first. It was an around half an hour or so walk from there. So I arrived at the New Farm Road entrance closest to the Bumbora Road/Ferny Lane end. I think this is actually the better way to go in as you go down a steep path shortly after entering which you obviously would have to walk up coming the other way. You do encounter some stairs going the way I did on the way out but they were pretty mild.

    But yeah at the entrance I encountered a ghost birds caution road sign. So I went in pretending the forest was haunted by avian ghosts and the interesting buttress root trees everywhere give it a fun spooky feeling. You hear some bird sounds which could be "ghost birds" Then you see a white tern, ghost bird you pretend (yes I know there really are ghost birds and they are black). You'll see heaps of these white terns in the forest and flying out at the cliffs. There's a number of holes in the ground that they obviously nest inside of, but you could easily put your foot in and roll your ankle.

    Make sure you backtrack to the other entrance when you emerge onto New Farm Road as the trees here are also awesome looking.
    Written 21 March 2024
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  • Andrew S
    Maitland, Australia200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views and scenery were amazing and the walk down the zig zag track was exhilarating. Just park your car at the lookout/picnic area and the track is on the right following a little gully.
    Written 25 March 2023
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  • James S
    324 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kingston Pier, is of course in Kingston, Norfolk Island. A minute or so walk from the convict era hospital ruins, or stairs going up to Flagstaff lookout. There's rumored to be a ghost who hangs around one of the boat ruins next to the pier. Also supposedly you can see a lot of sharks (as you can at the only other pier on the Island Cascade Pier) but the ocean was pretty rough the day I walked here so I didn't see any. I think the best time to see the sharks at either pier is when the fishing boats come in. Was interesting to watch the waves come over the pier though. Sorry only took videos of that, also there's a stairs section which the waves fill up. Under the big hook that obviously is crucial in unloading the supplies for the island.

    In the immediate vicinity are some old boats, some convict buildings, one has a small museum where you can buy cold drinks and in wrappers type ice creams. That is incidentally the only place you'll find to buy food in Kingston while walking around. It takes around half an hour to reach the pier from Burnt Pine on foot. Longer going back as that way is uphill. But it's not that difficult, you definitely don't need to rent a car to get here, or to get around Norfolk Island.
    Written 22 March 2024
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  • The Hungry Scot
    Sydney, Australia224 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a short walk here. Some nice views over the coast and there are good facilities here for a bbq or picnic. Sounds like sunset is the best time to visit (we were too early).
    Written 7 July 2022
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  • I&M
    Cairns, Australia47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This gallery has the best quality artwork by local artists and is great for that special gift for yourself or someone who deserves something better than average. Colourful and plenty of variety. Items include jewellery, glass items, silver, prints, paintings, fabrics and more. Don’t miss dropping in. Close to the downtown shopping area.
    Written 10 February 2024
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  • slinky1100
    Melbourne, Vic143 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very helpful staff in here and we were delighted to get a 'Norfolk Island' stamp in our passports - it is only an unofficial one, as they will explain. We booked a tour through here and our accommodation was also booked through here online. It is right next to where they have a market (I think on Sunday). Central spot.
    Written 18 February 2023
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  • James S
    324 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Queen Elizabeth Lookout is one of the better places for views over Kingston. Probably the best for the houses of Quality Row, you get to see into their backyards from here. Also not bad views of Cemetery Bay, the Cemetery and Golf Course. Walking down Rooty Hill Rd from the lookout also gives you some different angles of those buildings and other things.

    Other great viewpoints are walking up or down Driver Christian Drive, and Flagstaff Lookout (walk up stairs behind the hospital ruins, near Kingston pier area).
    Written 21 March 2024
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  • westy54
    Sydney, Australia11,357 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The road to Bumbora Beach is now sealed all the way down to a grassy reserve and parking area that has picnic tables, toilet facilities etc.

    A grassed area leads down to an excellent boardwalk that snakes its way through the trees and across a stream before it slopes down to the beach proper. There is a lookout to the right hand side as you go down the boardwalk (no steps) but if you continue down to the beach it gradually slopes down and there are 22 easy steps.

    It was pretty rough on both occasions we went down there, with plenty of rocks, and it didn't look inviting just to go for a swim - Emily Bay far better. There were however some good waves off the point for board riders.
    Written 15 May 2024
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