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Mark visits Norfolk Island

Mark visits Norfolk Island

Mark visits Norfolk Island

05 Sep 2017 Trinity Hastwell Experiences, Travel Stories

A visit to Norfolk Island has always been on my wish list and thanks to Norfolk Select I travelled to the island in July 2017.  Air New Zealand operate direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane and it only took 2.5 hours to get there. My first impressions...very green with not much to do. Boy was I wrong!

We collected our car rentals on arrival at Norfolk Island Airport and headed to Castaway Resort.  This is a lovely family run hotel in the main street.  Sarah and her husband have done extensive renovations since taking over this property.  I loved the restaurant area and the new deck out the front.  Perfect for that drink after a busy day sightseeing. We had the opportunity to inspect many other accommodation options and found a great selection from budget-friendly to stunning cliff-top home rentals.

It is so easy to get around the island by car.  But beware – cows have right of way and wander all over the island.  We did some great walks through the National Parks and coastal areas with a local guide. There are no snakes or nasty things on this island, and the scenery was just so green and amazing!

World Heritage Kingston was the first settlement and you can visit some of the restored buildings.  I suggest taking a walk along the wharf where the island’s monthly delivery ship unloads supplies, which we were lucky enough to see or visiting some of the pristine beaches to swim, snorkel, scuba dive. You can go out fishing or even try a trip on a glass bottom boat.

I did a tour at The Hilli Goats, a magnificent property located at Anson Bay, where you take a walk to meet the friendly goats as well as Norfolk's healthiest herd of cattle. Watch the Hilli goats being milked and have the cheese making process explained then sit down and relax, enjoy a stunning Hilli goat platter of local products with ocean views. The food is to die for. In fact, the island boasts many outstanding restaurants such as The Jolly Rodger where the owner puts on a little super show and Hilli Restaurant, great for a local steak. For something cheap and cheerful and to meet the locals I suggest you have at least one dinner at the RSL Club in the main street.

There is a good selection of shopping on the island too. Much of it duty free! The main street is the best for this, and shoes were a popular choice with the girls! There is even some nightlife on the island too.

For further information on the island give me a call.

 

Cheers,

Mark

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