Be immersed in the warm embrace of local living and discover the rich heritage of the landscape from steep ocean clifftops and patches of sub-tropical rainforest set amongst convict ruins and the famous Norfolk Pines.View Dates & Book
ALBURY – SYDNEY THURSDAY 17TH NOVEMBER, 2022
Welcome to our 9 Day Tour to Norfolk Island adventure. Group to assemble at Albury Airport at 3.30pm for departure at 4.40pm with QANTAS, and then on arrival in Sydney 5.55pm we transfer to the Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel, so we are perfectly placed to walk across to the international terminal for our early morning flight to Norfolk Island.
Accommodation: Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel Mascot. Ph. 02 9313 2500
SYDNEY – NORFOLK ISLAND FRIDAY 18TH NOVEMBER
Its an early start today, as we make our way to the Sydney International Terminal for our QANTAS flight at 9.30am to Norfolk Island. On arrival at the Norfolk Island airport at 1.10pm, we are met by a representative from Pinetree Tours. We will be welcomed to the island then transferred to our accommodation at the South Pacific Resort. Set in lush subtropical gardens with mountain and valley views, we have the perfect surroundings to ease ourselves into our environment. The resort is located in the township of Burnt Pine so we can wander through the shops during our free time. The remainder of the day is at our leisure. Dinner this evening is at the resort.
Accommodation: South Pacific Resort Norfolk Island Ph +6723 22166
DISCOVER NORFOLK ISLAND SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER
Today we can enjoy a relaxing start to our Norfolk Island holiday and we have some free time following breakfast. The local shops are open on Saturday mornings and we can take a look around town and purchase lunch (own expense). This afternoon we are collected by Pinetree Tours for their Half Day Island Sightseeing Tour….a must for every visitor! We visit historic Kingston, Cascade, Longridge and much more. See and hear about the famous convict buildings, beautiful beaches and the golf course, the renowned Melanesian Chapel, their Government, laws and lifestyle. We stop for a delicious afternoon tea in the garden of an island home, then return to our resort for an early dinner. Tonight, we travel into the bushland of Norfolk Island and join Pinetree Tours for the Wonderland by Night tour. The setting is 10 acres of magical Norfolk pines and bushland lit up like an enchanted forest. We’ll meander along (or ride in the 'Moon Buggy') a winding pathway with Archie, a descendant of the Bounty Mutineers, as he recites his poems and lights up the dioramas throughout the bush. Afterwards we enjoy a light supper.
RELAXING NORFOLK ISLAND SUNDAY 20TH NOVEMBER
Following breakfast, we have the opportunity to join a church service if we wish. If not, perhaps a wander through the Sunday Markets to snap up a bargain or two. Later we are collected by Baunti Tours for our High Tea at Bounty Lodge. Originally built on a warm and welcoming home in the 1920’s the property has seen many changes over the years and now offers boutique accommodation, as well as being a wedding and function centre. The grounds are stunning and much of the interior still has its historical appearance. After a lovely afternoon we return to the South Pacific Resort hotel and enjoy a poolside dinner this evening.
MORE OF NORFOLK MONDAY 21ST NOVEMBER
Emily Bay is our destination this morning to board our glass bottom boat for a tour to discover Norfolk’s unique marine life. We’ll view beautiful coral and tropical fish inside the calm, crystal waters of the lagoon. This afternoon visit the magnificent 360 degree panoramic painting at Cyclorama. This is an amazing pictorial history of the ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ which will help us understand the history of Norfolk Island along with the storyboards and maps with interesting detail. The remainder of the day is at our leisure and tonight we enjoy the iconic Norfolk Island Progressive dinner, a 3 course meal visiting different island homes and restaurants. It's a fun night in the company of locals as we enjoy their island dishes.
LOCAL TOURING TUESDAY 22ND NOVEMBER
After breakfast join Baunti Tours for the Norfolk Today Tour. We’ll learn how Norfolk Islanders live in the 21st century and make life on this tiny South Pacific Island possible. How is petrol and gas brought to the island? How is the island powered? This is a behind the scenes tour where we’ll meet the locals and see how Norfolk plays a role in the worldwide weather monitoring as well as visiting the community radio station.
This afternoon with Pinetree Tours we are taken on the Convict Kingston Tour and learn about world heritage listed Kingston. Hear about the first settlers, the Polynesians who came 900 years ago and learn the facts and legends associated with the first and second convict settlements. Tonight, Pinetree Tours will take us out to enjoy the delightful Island Fish Fry - a traditional Island Fish Feast with local fish, island dishes, salads and desserts. Overlook breathtaking coastal scenery as the sun sets with live music in the background and local entertainment from the Baunti Byuutis dancing group.
NORFOLK ICONS WEDNESDAY 23RD NOVEMBER
Our breakfast setting will be a little different this morning as we can either take a stroll or, for the more energetic, a leisurely 3.5km walk with Pinetree Tours. We’ll meet up for our BBQ Breakfast together on Anson Bay. It’s a wonderful way to start our day and we can have some free time to head into town for the remainder of the morning. This afternoon we join Pinetree Tours for the Curious Castaways Tour. A story of English Pirates and Polynesian Princesses, the tour includes fascinating early Pitcairner history, Norfolk language, weaving and traditional food tasting.
Tonight we enjoy a 3 course meal fit for the commandants whilst the Murder Mystery unfolds ….. Meet the Commandant, Clergyman and Convicts of this period. Includes true characters from the second settlement and with audience participation required, its sure to be a fun night with someone solving the mystery to win a prize
LOCAL IMMERSION THURSDAY 24TH NOVEMBER
Baunti Tours takes us to visit the property of the late Colleen McCullough today. The world-renowned author of 24 books called Norfolk Island home for almost 36 years and today we have the opportunity to see into her world. 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 and we are escorted through her magnificent home to view Ric and Colleen’s priceless collection of artefacts gathered on their travels all over the world. We will see where her books were researched and where she worked into the wee hours creating the incredible tales that have sold in their millions in so many different languages.
This afternoon we visit a clean, green and sustainable dairy goat farm. We meet Emily from The Hilli Goat – the Norfolk Whey Tour where we’ll watch the milking of the goats, walk the edible garden and see the cheese making. This fun and interesting tour finishes with a delicious array of tastings.
NORFOLK ISLAND – SYDNEY – ALBURY FRIDAY 25TH NOVEMBER
Having had a wonderful holiday, we now prepare for our return home. Farewelling our hosts, we store our luggage at the resort and have some free time to purchase any last minute items. Transfer to the airport for our QANTAS flight back to Sydney at 2.10pm. Here we clear customs and immigration formalities then make our way to the domestic terminal for our 7.00 pm flight to Albury. We arrive home this evening with fond memories of being a Norfolk Island local for a short while.
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