The island's fascinating history is very important to the local population and is well documented in its restored historic buildings, museums and cemeteries. The highlight is the historic settlement of Kingston, built by convicts from the second penal colony established on the island. The old cemetery at the eastern end of Quality Row is also worth a wander.
This is popular inside the reef at Emily and Slaughter Bays at low tide, revealing an abundance of fish, coral and sea life. Glass-bottom boat tours are also available in Emily Bay.
The waters around Norfolk Island and its two uninhabited offshore islands of Nepean and Philip offer superb dive sites. Fully qualified instructors can train novices to certification stage while on holiday. There are more than 30 world-class dive sites, offering caves, tunnels, chasms and chimneys with a wide variety of fish and marine algae. Visibility is around 20 metres or better, and there is a minimum water temperature of 18ºC in winter.
Norfolk Island National Park and Botanic Gardens
This lovely park offers walking trails and excellent views from the top of Mount Bates (321m) and Mount Pitt (320m). You can also visit Natureworld, the Museum of Natural History.
Norfolk Island's shops have a wide range of international products including perfumes, Scottish knitwear, cameras, European tableware, Italian shoes, German knives, label clothing, giftware, artworks and sunglasses and spectacles - all at tax-free prices.
Norfolk Island has more than 20 restaurants for diners to choose from.
Horse and Carriage Tours
Explore the island by horse and carriage with Culla & Co (book through your Norfolk tour booking agency).
Horse treks through the forest and coastal scenery of Norfolk Island cater for both experienced riders and beginners. Some tours include billy tea and damper in the national park.
Huge ocean currents coming from the equator and across from Australia bring an abundance of fish to Norfolk’s waters. Regular tours operate to the rock shelf surrounding the island for deep sea fishing, where catches of trumpeter, rock cod, snapper, grouper, trevally and shark are often made. Many of the best spots can only be reached in good weather and at low tide. Kingston Pier and Cascade Pier are more accessible, ideal for both day and night fishing. Cemetery Bay is also a good spot, with plenty of reef fish.
The whole island can be explored on foot via its lovely bush and coastal tracks. These are well signposted. A walk to the island's highest point, Mount Bates, offers fine views across the island.
Norfolk Island’s golf course is superbly scenic, situated between the coastline and the grounds of Government House.
4WD tours take visitors through the National Park and some of Norfolk Island's privately owned property.
Mountain bikes can be hired to explore the island independently. Some tracks are quite demanding, but there are many more which are less arduous.
The large distances between Norfolk Island and other land masses have led to the development of many unique plant and bird species. Among the 13 species of seabirds are the White Tern, Black Noddy and Norfolk Island Green Parrot. During the 18th century, Green Parrots were so common convicts used sticks to keep them away from the ripening corn. By 1983, only 16 were known to be in the wild.
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