Norfolk Island Holidays, Hotels & Travel Guide
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Norfolk Island is actually a volcanic outcrop that is 5 km wide and 8 km long. It lies 1610 km ENE from Sydney, 1456 km ESE from Brisbane, 1063km NNW from Auckland, and 772 km SE from Noumea. The permanent population of Norfolk Island is about 2000. Norfolk Island was first settled by convicts in 1788. In 1855 the second penal settlement was disbanded.
Norfolk Island is all about pine trees, green hills, pristine beaches, and above all, a unique culture stemming from its interesting beginnings. Captain Cook came across Norfolk Island in 1774 and described it as Paradise. Norfolk Island may be a tiny self governing island off the coast off New South Wales, but it has an amazing history including penal settlements and the arrival of the Bounty mutineers, known as the Pitcairns who arrived on the 8th June 1856 since arriving on Norfolk Island and have instilled their own fascinating culture and language.
There are many activities for the holiday maker to embark on while staying at Norfolk Island. Some of these are fishing, golf, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, lawn bowls, tennis, cycling, horse riding, scenic flights, walks, National Parks, walking tours of the convict settlement, day and night treasure hunts of the convict ruins, and TAX FREE shopping. Not only that, this island does not have income tax for its residents. Norfolk Island also has its own distillery.
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holidays - Top Events
Bounty Day. Every 8th June, Norfolk Islanders celebrate the arrival of their ancestors, the Pitcairners off the Bounty in 1856. Approximately one third of all Norfolk Islanders are related to the original Pitcairners. Norfolk Island Bounty Day is a Public Holiday and every one celebrates. A re-enactment of the arrival of the settlers is performed with everyone wearing traditional period dress. Garlands to remember the original Pitcairners are laid. Other celebrations of the day include a grand picnic, a processional march through Kingston's historic ruins, and traditional sports.
Norfolk Island Country Music Festival is held each May for 1 week. This festival attracts country musicians from both sides of the Tasman as they compete in the Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year Award which has a prize money of about $7000. Apart from many country music performances there is also a 'Meet the Stars' evening where the public can meet the musicians, and many shows and dinners. The Festival is held over 4 main evenings over the week, leaving visitors free to explore Norfolk Island during the day. All performances are held at the Bicentennial complex behind the visitor information centre.
Norfolk Island Jazz In The Pines is held for a week in December. This Jazz festival showcases classic jazz, blues, Bossanova, swing and funk in many shows. Top jazz bands perform alongside street bands in roving performances as well as fixed venue performances. There are also matinee, lunch and dinner concerts. Famous and not so well known musicians and bands stream in from all over the globe to perform in this popular Jazz festival.
Opera in the Ruins is held for 5 days at the end of every February. As the name suggests, opera is set amongst the backdrop of Norfolk Island's convict ruins. Music featured is operetta, popular opera, ballads, string classics, and stage songs. This festival features acclaimed and well known Opera singers, musicians and artists.
holidays - How to Get There
Flights. Norfolk Island is roughly a 2 hour flight from both Sydney and Brisbane. Norfolk Air provides flights from Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. Qantas provides flights from both Sydney and Brisbane to and from Norfolk Island.
Brisbane to Norfolk. Flights leave Norfolk for Brisbane on Wednesdays at 8.45 am, Saturdays at 8.45am, and Sundays at 4.10 pm. Flights leave Brisbane for Norfolk at 9.45 on a Wednesday and Saturday, and 5.10 pm on a Sunday. Norfolk to Melbourne leaves on a Friday at 9am. Melbourne to Norfolk leaves 12.20 on a Friday. Norfolk to Sydney leaves at 2.20 pm on a Friday and Saturday and 8 am on a Sunday. Sydney to Norfolk leaves at 8.45 pm on a Sat, 2.25 pm on a Sunday and the flight on a Wednesday fluctuates wildly depending on the dates you are flying.