Dramatic cliffs accented by majestic pines overlook turquoise lagoons and emerald golfing greens on this pristine island between Australia and New Zealand. Admire the natural beauty of the parks and reserves, and relax on the peaceful crescent-shaped beach of Emily’s Bay. For a historical perspective, visit the monument to Captain Cook, overlooking the place where Cook is said to have landed on the island, and learn about the island’s former penal colony on a tour of Old Kingston Town.
- Airlie Beach
- Kingfisher Bay (Fraser Island)
- Norfolk Island
- Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island)
- Perth (Fremantle)
- Phillip Island
- Thursday Island
- Whitsunday Island
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
Discover Norfolk Island’s most significant landmarks and interesting history.
A short drive takes you to Queen Elizabeth lookout, to take in the vistas of where the Island was first settled and fine examples of Georgian architecture. You will be transported back in time with stories of the Polynesian Settlement, Convict settlements and the descendants of the Mutiny on the Bounty sailors who landed in the island in 1856 after leaving overcrowded Pitcairn. Approximately one third of the island’s inhabitants can trace their roots back to those settlers.
Travel past Government House, The Military barracks, Officers houses, the convict and local cemetery to the famous Bloody Bridge. The Lone Pine is a perfect place to view Emily and Slaughter Bay which has the second southernmost coral reefs in the World. This is definitely a great photo opportunity. You will also travel past the 100 acre reserve and view two hundred year old Morten Bay fig trees, as well as other interesting sites.
Please note: This tour is mostly panoramic with optional walking at the photo stops. Tour operates with a driver/guide, in small 21 seater coaches which might be filled to capacity. Not all coaches are air conditioned.
Enjoy an orientation drive of Norfolk Island that presents a view of its landmarks and considerable natural beauty.
After departing from the pier, you will soon be in the heart of Kingston, an area of such great historical significance that it has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site. Convicts from other countries were shipped to brutal penal colonies in Kingston from 1788 to 1855, and some of those Georgian buildings still remain.
The other reason for Kingston’s acclaim is just as famous, but not quite as notorious. Kingston was where the descendants of the mutineers from the HMS Bounty were resettled when they left Pitcairn Island. As you drive through town, the guide will elaborate on the details of both events, which defined the early development of Norfolk Island.
A national park blankets much of the island’s northern end, where you will see indigenous flora such as the towering Norfolk Island pine. This ornamental tree is so iconic it’s depicted on the island’s flag. You might also catch sight of fauna such as indigenous green parrots and sacred kingfishers.
Of course, the island’s natural beauty isn’t restricted to the park. As you drive from destination to destination, you will be treated to magnificent views of pristine beaches, jagged cliffs and the boundless ocean. Arriving at the Melanesian Mission (St. Barnabas) Chapel, you will pause for photos of this lovely stone building before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour is panoramic in nature and walking is at the guests’ discretion during the photo stop. Due to a lack of storage space on the vehicles, the tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layered clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.
Gain an understanding of Norfolk Island’s economy and cuisine by touring a plant nursery and vegetable farm.
After departing from the pier, you will begin a leisurely drive around cliff-rimmed Norfolk Island, a tiny speck in the South Pacific more than 400 miles from the nearest landfall. Being isolated, Norfolk Island has had to become self-sufficient, as you will soon discover.
Your first stop will be a nearby nursery with an inventory of more than two million Kentia Palms. These elegant, highly valued palms are grown for export throughout the world, but primarily to Holland. You will see how the palms and namesake Norfolk Island pines are cultivated and protected from diseases that could undermine the industry.
Then, it’s on to Farmer Lou, with one of Norfolk Island’s largest produce farms, a 28-acre enterprise that supplies more than 50% of the island’s vegetables. As you drive along, be sure to notice the rows of banana plants that serve as windbreaks to protect the crops. There is also a piggery on the property that supplies meat and manure for the production of methane gas.
After Farmer Lou’s ,it is time for a glass wine at a sheltered picturesque location, before heading back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy walking/standing and there will be some steps to negotiate. Due to a lack of storage space on the vehicles and lack of accessibility at the venues, the tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Explore off the beaten tracks of Norfolk’s National Park and private properties, on this island adventure with lots of photo opportunities.
Climb aboard a 4WD bus for a pioneering adventure off the beaten tracks, suitable for all ages, from the very young, to the young at heart.
Enjoy air conditioned comfort and safety, as you discover authentic insights and the spectacular beauty of Norfolk’s unexplored valleys, ridges, and coastlines. Travel though the National Park where you’ll see gum and pine forests. Before returning to the port, stop to enjoy a cup of tea and cakes.
Please note: This tour is not available for wheel chair guests and those with walking or mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Tour is dependent of weather conditions and might be cancelled if heavy rains have made the tracks too wet for safe travel.
"Delve into Norfolk Island’s infamous past at a cyclorama that depicts the story of the HMS Bounty’s mutineers and at a penal colony in Kingston, followed by an elegant High Tea.
After departing from the pier, you will drive to Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama, a 360° panoramic painting that depicts the history of the HMS Bounty’s mutineers. You will be able to visually trace their journey from England to Tahiti to Pitcairn Island and finally to Norfolk Island, where their descendants resettled. Two local artists created the cyclorama painting over two years, and it recounts the mutineers’ story in a continuing series of scenes.
Next, you will drive to Kingston for a walking tour of the area where the mutineers landed. The spot was already notorious as the site of one of Australia’s most brutal penal colonies. Convicts from other countries were shipped here from 1788 to 1855, and some of the Georgian buildings they constructed still remain. In fact, Kingston is of such great historical significance that it has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Later, you will drive to a charming local venue for High Tea on the front lawn. In anticipation, tables will have been formally set with fine china and floral arrangements. A number of small plates will be served with tea, of course. The grand finale includes a sampling of several local liqueurs with provocative names such as Pitcairn Passion and Convicts Cure. Following High Tea, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking/standing and there will be some steps to negotiate. Due to a lack of storage space on the vehicles, the tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those guests with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layered clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended."