And paradise it is, even today!
Norfolk Island is about a 2hr flight from either Brisbane or Sydney and no matter where you are coming from, it is well worth the journey.
Famous for it’s Norfolk Pine trees, this tiny sub-tropical island is the idyllic place for a holiday. A peaceful haven to get away to, leaving the hustle and bustle behind. We spent 2 weeks there and both agreed it wasn’t long enough. One day we will return to do all the things we didn’t have time for the first time. Find accommodation on Norfolk Island
So why is it called paradise? Well that came from the first settlers and when you go there you can see why. I think it’s paradise for everything it DOESN’T have!
It’s an island, but doesn’t have any pesky seagulls to steal your food on the beach! It doesn’t have any poisonous plants or insects. It doesn’t have any (or at least so little it’s not mentioned) crime – after all where would a criminal run to? And most of all it doesn’t have any flies to annoy you when you’re dining alfresco.
What it does offer is picturesque scenery, fantastic fishing (my husband calls it ‘catching’ not fishing!) great local produce, safe swimming beaches and the most friendly locals ever! Getting used to doing the “Norfolk Wave” was quite fun, it’s a subtle one finger raise from the steering wheel as you pass another car!
And talking of cars, a hire car usually comes included with your accommodation! That’s because even though it is a small island, only 8kms x 5kms, it is full of hills and winding roads, a car is really essential. Just drive slowly to avoid the many roosters and cows that roam free everywhere. (oh yeah, and the pot-holes in the roads!)
Norfolk Island is an external territory of Australia, and was self-governed up until 2016. It has one pub, mainly for the younger crowd, but has a golf club, a Leagues Club and an RSL club. You’ll find you won’t be allowed to drink alone, the locals like to make everyone feel at home and are really welcoming. The capital – yes an 8x5km island has a capital, Kingston, is quite cosmopolitan with some great restaurants, cafes and bistros with alfresco dining. Off the beaten track you can also find some nice homely rustic restaurants, little hidden gems.
The history of Norfolk Island goes right back to the Mutiny on the Bounty which is what brought us there in the first place – read more about that on my other post here.
There is plenty to do on Norfolk Island, like I said, we left there after two weeks wishing we had more time. Between museums, art gallery, pioneer village, historic buildings, national park walk trails, beautiful swimming beaches, wineries, and oh so much more!
I could really go on forever raving about Norfolk, but I’m not going to, you really need to go see and enjoy it for yourself.