Next Departure Date: 24 Nov 2019
Price per person: $2695 per person twin share, $3180 sole occupancy
Tour Duration: 8 Days
Norfolk Island lies about 1700kms east of Sydney and is only 5 kms by 8 kms in size. It is a volcanic island made up of undulating hill country, with steep cliffs rising out of the ocean, patches of sub – tropical rainforests and a fascinating history. Discovered by Captain Cook it was twice settled as a Convict Settlement and twice abandoned. The original buildings of these settlements are beautifully restored and on display today. Its third and permanent settlement came with the relocation of the descendants of the famous mutineers of the Bounty. The mutineers settled on the tiny island of Pitcairn, about 3000 miles to the east and their descendants relocated to Norfolk Island in the mid 1800s when their community began to outgrow this small island. Today the families of these descendants are prominent. The history, the scenery and the hospitality will make this a memorable holiday. Our accommodation on Norfolk Island is at the South Pacific Resort and our touring on the island is with Baunti Escapes.
Day 1: Canberra to Sydney
Our flight to Norfolk Island is tomorrow morning so we will need to transfer to Sydney by coach this afternoon. Settle into your airport hotel and relax before dinner.
Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel | 02 9313 2500
Day 2: Sydney to Norfolk Island
This morning we make our way to the Sydney International Terminal to board our Air New Zealand flight to Norfolk Island. Upon arrival we are met by Baunti Escapes and transferred to our accommodation at the South Pacific Resort. Set in subtropical gardens with mountain and valley views, the South Pacific Resort is centrally located in the township of Burnt Pine. Settle in, then have the remainder of the afternoon to relax or to take a look at the shops before dinner at the hotel.
South Pacific Resort, Norfolk Island | +672 3 22166
Day 3: Norfolk Island
Following breakfast we are collected by Baunti Escapes for their Discover Our World Tour, a must for every visitor! Baunti Escapes will introduce you to the beauty and diversity of their island paradise. We tour the island with an informative local guide to set the scene for your stay. After our tour we stop into visit Cyclorama. Here we walk inside a continuous 360 degree panoramic painting and feel as though we are standing on a pier or a ships’ deck. A spectacular 3D effect is achieved with realistic perspective and detailed artwork stretching all the way to the visitor’s feet. Storyboards, lists and maps explain the history in an easy to understand way. Afterwards we return to the hotel for a free afternoon to relax or do some shopping before dinner this evening. This evening enjoy a new tour called 1856: The Untold Story. On 8 June 1856 a total of 194 people, descendants from the Bounty, arrived on Norfolk Island from Pitcairn Island aboard the Morayshire. This consisted of 40 men, 47 women, 54 boys and 53 girls. They arrived in cold, wet blustery conditions. Few had ever been to sea before, they were seasick, homesick and heartsick. The journey of 600km took five weeks. They arrived to a recently abandoned penal settlement set aside for the ‘worst of the worst’ it was full of ghosts and memories. It was a large and frightening testimony of man’s inhumanity to man. The 1856 untold story will follow their journey in the World Heritage Listed Kingston area. Baunti Escapes will bring the past to life with audio aboard their coach, recounting stories of the families, where they lived and how they adapted to their new life on Norfolk Island.
Day 4: Norfolk Island
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and a free day as today is Thanksgiving Day on Norfolk Island. This evening we enjoy the Commandants Dinner. This factual yet fun dinner theatre is Norfolk Island’s newest interactive show and a great way to learn about Norfolk’s history. The cast of actors will take you on an entertaining journey back in time. You will be enthralled by the Commandant’s stories about the notorious convict settlements on Norfolk Island and how the convicts were treated by sadists and reformers. Listen to a chilling recall of one of the infamous rebellions. Marvel at how the Commandants and their families adapted to life in a Norfolk Island penal colony, recreating a little piece of England in the Pacific. Explore their great challenges, impressive successes and shameful secrets. Our venue, The Paradise Hotel, has created a special three course dinner menu of traditional English fare to compliment the theatrical setting. Hearty, wholesome, British tucker fit for a Commandant and his good lady wife – fortunately prepared by free men in a modern kitchen not a poor convict over a wood stove! The Commandant’s Dinner is a night of great entertainment, delectable food and loads of fun.
Day 5: Norfolk Island
This morning we enjoy the Colleen McCullough Home Tour. Colleen McCullough, world renowned author of 24 books called Norfolk Island home for almost 36 years. She and her 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. Sadly, Colleen passed away in 2015 after a long battle with illness. Nevertheless, she stoically continued writing for as long as she possibly could and fulfilled her great wish to remain on Norfolk Island. Her beloved property “Out Yenna” is now open exclusively to Baunti Escapes customers. You are escorted through her magnificent home and are able to view Ric and Colleen’s priceless collection of artefacts gathered on their travels all over the world. You 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. You will learn about how Colleen enjoyed her Norfolk paradise and how it inspired her with its rich history and natural beauty. Learn to how she gave back to Norfolk and touched many people’s lives. 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. After this tour we enjoy a little free time as well as time for lunch (own expense). This afternoon we find out how the island works with a Farm and Industry Tour. While tourism is Norfolk’s largest industry, it is by no means its only one. On this tour, you are taken to a selection of the many other enterprises that sustain this community. These might include: raising meat producing sheep, market gardening, pig farming, manufacturing soft drinks and liqueurs, gardening or exporting Kentia seedlings. After a fascinating day we return to the resort to relax and have dinner.
Day 6: Norfolk Island
Following breakfast this morning we continue learning about how the island works with the Norfolk Today Tour. Learn how Norfolk Islanders live in the 21st Century and the essential services that make life on a tiny South Pacific island possible. This tour shows you what other tours only refer to in passing – so you can understand what really makes Norfolk tick. How do they reap the ocean’s bounty; bring petrol and gas on island; power their world; deal with their waste; forecast the weather; keep themselves informed and make a global contribution? The Norfolk Today Tour will make it all clear! Your guide will share with you how they catch their fish; show you how they store fuel and convert the diesel into power; explain what they do with any waste products, including some great recycling stories; demonstrate the role Norfolk plays in worldwide weather monitoring; show you their community radio station, share their favourite watering hole and relate the island’s significant contributions to the ANZAC tradition. Not only will you go to installations and parts of the island that few tourists ever see, you will meet the locals who make sure all of these daily miracles and services keep happening. This is a real behind the scenes experience that answers so many of the questions that people go home wondering about. This afternoon Baunti Escapes take us on their Convict Kingston Tour. Learn about World Heritage Listed Kingston. Hear about the first settlers, the Polynesians who came 900 years ago. Learn about the First and Second Convict Settlements and the facts and legends associated with each. Learn how Norfolk became home to descendants of the infamous ‘Bounty’ mutiny. This evening’s dinner is a ‘Night With The Mutineers’. Laugh, cheer, and sing along with the talented descendants of the Bounty Mutineers, as the crew regales you to a night of fun you’ll never forget. Savour the culture, music, and laughs while you enjoy a delicious, two-course feast, fit for a mutineer. This new and spectacular tour on Norfolk Island is located in an Island home, where you will be entertained by descendants of the Bounty Mutineers.
Day 7: Norfolk Island
Following breakfast we have a free morning to relax, enjoy the shops or do some personal sightseeing. This afternoon we are picked up by Baunti Escapes for their Moo’tineers Cheese Tour, a boutique cheesery founded by island brothers Glen and John Christian. Milking a small herd of organic cows on pristine Norfolk Island Glen and John produce a range of tempting cheese. The tour includes a visit to the dairy farm, a local sawmill and an introduction to honey production. The afternoon concludes at a large Island home overlooking the ocean as you sample organic Feta, Houlimi, tasty cheddar and pure local honey. Complimentary wine is included. We then return to the hotel to freshen up before heading out to an Island Fish Feast for dinner. A place for “angels and eagles” was La Perouse’s description of Norfolk Island when he failed to find a suitable landing place back in the eighteenth century. Perched on the clifftop above Anson Bay, you will have an eagle-eyed view of the tiny crescent-shaped beach and the magnificent spread of ocean stretching to the far horizon. The beautifully set tables will delight you – it’s the most glamorous picnic you will ever attend! And then the food! Scrumptiously fresh, local fish is prepared the local way in golden beer batter and accompanied with a range of seasonal island dishes including those passed down from the Polynesian fore-mothers. See how the locals make the most of their home grown produce and enjoy paddock to plate freshness. This extends even to dessert which is Norfolk Island pies made from local eggs and fruit in season. A cash bar offers wine, beer and juice, so you don’t even have to worry about bringing your own. The feast kicks off with an entertainer and a very talented group of Tahitian-style dancers, silhouetted against the setting sun. And even when the sunset fails to dazzle, the singing and dancing will definitely set the tone for an evening of fun and relaxation. After a great evening we return to the hotel for our final night on the island.
Day 8: Norfolk Island to Canberra
FFor those that would like we have organised a transfer to and from the Island Markets, otherwise enjoy a relaxing morning. Early afternoon we transfer to the airport to board our flight back to Sydney. On arrival our Potter coach is on hand to take us home to Canberra.Booking Request Download Brochure Terms & Conditions