Laidback in Demeanor, Spectacular in Appeal
Little more than a speck on a map in the middle of the South Pacific between Australia and New Zealand, Norfolk Island is a bright place with a murky past. At a glance, there’s little about this place that suggests such a spirited history. The tiny island is surrounded by pristine waters and jam-packed with endless green hills, Norfolk Island pines, dramatic cliffs, and quiet bays.
Inhabited by Polynesians as early as the 10th century and later abandoned, Norfolk Island was re-discovered by Captain Cook in 1774, spent 30 years as a convict settlement, and later settled by the descendants of the HMS Bounty mutineers. Now reputed to be the world’s friendliest island, the welcoming locals speak their own language (a mix of English and Tahitian), local law gives cows the right of way, and the stunning vistas will take your breath away.
Pop into a cozy café or friendly pub, where you’ll find a bite, a drink, and no doubt, some easy conversation. Do some shopping on Taylors Road in Burnt Pine, dip into the chocolate factory, or do some swimming and snorkelling in Emily Bay’s calm, crystal-clear, reef-protected waters. With few tourists around, you may feel as though you’ve made a discovery of your own.