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“My Favourite Place in the World”
Review of Norfolk Island

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Rangiora, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
12 helpful votes
“My Favourite Place in the World”
Reviewed 15 June 2010

We visited Norolk Island for the 3rd time in April this year 2010 and it felt just like we were coming home even though it is an Australian Territory!
The Island is such a restful place but with so much to do and see one could never be bored. The history associated with the early Penal Colonies and then the arrival of the Pitcairners is extraordinary. Last year we were on Island for Bounty Day on June 8th when the locals dress in heritage costumes and re enact their arrival in 1856. The traditional woven hats worn by everyone are so unique and you can buy them and bring them back home. The whole day was wonderful and we loved sharing food and friendship with everyone there.
The scenery is exquisite with incredible clifftop ocean views and the heritage buildings are amazing. For the adventurous there is scuba diving, fishing and exploring Philip Island. There are many interesting, informative and delightful tours available. Swimming at Emily Bay is so amazing. The restaurants and cafes serve wonderful fresh food - the fish is to die for. Shoppers are well and truly catered for and golfers, bowlers and tennis players are always welcome. The locals are so friendly and the environment is very safe - no need for locks here. You can walk everywhere in totaly safety - no stranger danger.
There are heaps of different accommodation options - always welcoming. We stayed at the Daydreamer Appartments this year and would recommend them very highly.Wonderfully appointed with everything one could possibly need.The Rental car we had from Borries was really cute - loved the colour!
The Hibiscus on Norfolk are huge. They have never been infected with any of the diseases that afflict many elsewhere and are a real delight for many fantastic photos.
Cows have right of way on the road but they are so used to cars they take no notice. The climate is very even which is great for those of us who do not enjoy the extremes.
Norfolk Island is only 1.5hrs flight from Auckland so why not pop up there for a week or more. You will be amazed how relaxed you will be when you return home. Can hardly wait to get back there!

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Sydney
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
29 helpful votes
“Step back in time”
Reviewed 2 May 2010

I loved my stay on the island but I can't help the feeling it needs some life breathed into it . It is an ideal place for a peaceful holiday but I think they need to think of a way to get people to come as it can be quite expensive. Myself, I think with a bit of sprucing up it would make for an idyllic wedding groups venue. Every scene is a perfect backdrop.

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Brisbane
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
17 helpful votes
“Norfolk Island May 2009”
Reviewed 13 July 2009

Norfolk Island is a beautiful place. Only 2hrs from Brisbane. The weather in May 09 was good with only some afternoon showers around Happy Hour. We were told it gets a bit windy in winter.
We stayed at Islander Lodge at Kingston which had the most panoramic views of the surrounding islands, convict settlement and farmland. Kingston is only a 5 min drive from the main centre of town Burnt Pine. Our package included flight, car and accommodation ($1400 each) We did about 200km driving and pretty much went everywhere. The morning tours at Kingston are very informative and give a great insight into the convict days. The Ghost tour is a great evening with a good dinner and only a small group. Restaurants are pretty much similar prices to mainland Australia and one of the best we found was Stephano’s Italian in the main street. We had both dine in and takeaway and both were superb.
There is only one reasonable supermarket in the main town so beware as prices are significantly more than the mainland. One of the best tours is the half day tour which in some cases is included in your accommodation, this usually happens within a day of your arrival. On the whole it was a very relaxing holiday and finished off the convict trail as we had already done Tasmania.

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beaudesert
1 review
11 helpful votes
“Recent trip to Norfolk Island”
Reviewed 31 January 2009

Having just recently returned from a trip to Norfolk Island i can honestly say it was a great experience. We stayed at Governor,s Lodge in very comfortable accommodation and ate out most nights at different clubs including the progressive dinner where we had the opportunity to meet some of the locals. Having a hire car allowed us to drive around sightseeing at our leisure. A great place steeped in history. One hightlight was going on a scenic tour across to Phillip Island with Christians Boat Hire

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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
249 helpful votes
“History on a postage stamp in the great Pacific”
Reviewed 7 June 2008

Twice visited.

This impressive little island of 8 by 5 kms is way out in the Pacific east of mid New South Wales in Australia. It takes about 4 hours to fly there from Brisbane in Queensland and a bit less from the North Island of New Zealand. Don't go there if you expect highrises, resorts, casinos and a movie theatre. Do go there if you enjoy the peace of not having a mobile phone, the absence of crowds, interested in the history of the Mutiny on the Bounty and it's ancestors, old ruins and Victorian buildings.
H
ere you can join the many tours about the history, descendants,
and a night sound and light show. It only has one public beach which is Emily Bay and is inside a reef which is a natural shark repellant. On Norfolk you could go out on a fishing trip, across to the other smaller uninhabited islands Napean and Phillip, play golf with the best seascape backdrop, snorkel or just amble through the old cemetery and read about the ancestors. On arrival go to the info centre in the heart of the island and the small town Burnt Pine and book any tours you require and perhaps take the orientation tour the first afternoon. There is a liquor shop there also that sells discount of 30% if you produce the air ticket. There are no sales tax or GST in town which has a few shops and a Commonwealth Bank with ATM.

Small Japanese cars are usually offered as rental as part of the tours on offer. Do go out to the jetty where the supplies used to be unloaded by lighters from the ship off shore if it arrives while you are there. Check with the locals.

This is classed as a holiday for the older generations but some honeymooners find it interesting and some return time and time again. Accommodation is about 2>3rd class with a few more 4 class...remember everything is shipped in here except the fruit and veges which is sold at market on a Saturday morning. The telephone exchange is in town where you can ring home if need be.

The countryside is well kept as the stock of animals and the healthiest roosters with family in tow, I have seen are allowed to roam all free. Hug a Norfolk Pine if you do go!

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