Norfolk Island Flora Week
Join us for Norfolk Island Flora Week and take an intimate look at our endemic species. Learn what’s special about the plants that live here.
Norfolk Island Flora Week
Norfolk Island is a tiny speck of volcanic rock in the vast western Pacific Ocean; Australia, the closest continent, is over 1,500 kilometres to the west. The closest lands are New Caledonia and New Zealand, both about 750 kilometres away. For some 2.5 million years, Norfolk Island has existed above the waves, its extent waxing and waning as sea levels rose and fell. Over this geologically short history, a unique ecosystem containing unique plants and animals has evolved.
Whether by wing, wind or wave, plants found their way to Norfolk Island. Very slowly, a green mantle of vegetation began to spread across the new land, culminating in the dense subtropical rainforest that grows on the island today. The native plants on the island are a reflection of the floras of the closest lands; the result is that the rainforest is composed of subtropical and temperate species from lands to the west, north and south. Palms grow along side tree ferns and plants related to those in New Zealand are found in association with species shared with New Caledonia.
The rainforest on Norfolk Island is unique; neither the endemic species nor the combination of plant and animal species found on Norfolk occur anywhere else in the world. The isolation of the island in the middle of a large ocean, the subtropical latitude and the geographic location between Australia, New Zealand and the tropical islands to the north, were paramount in determining the character of the rainforest that was to evolve on Norfolk Island and that we see today. Like many islands, endemism is high, endemic plants accounting for about 24 percent of the total indigenous flora.
This trip to Norfolk Island will explore the plants and forests of the island with the foremost authority on the flora of this remote island. Daily walks in the forest will be complemented with lectures on the flora, with particular reference to its origins and conservation.
29 September - 06 October 2018 depart Brisbane
From $1519 per person twin share
28 September - 05 October 2018 depart Sydney
From $1539 per person twin share
Holiday package includes:
- Return economy class ‘seat plus bag’ airfare to Norfolk Island
- Meet & Greet at the Norfolk Island airport
- Seven night’s accommodation
- Seven day’s car hire (petrol additional and payable direct)
- Half Day Island Tour
- Welcome Dinner
- Farewell Dinner
- Botanic Garden Walk
- Rainforest Walk in lower National Park
- Sunset at Puppy’s point with Kevin Mills & Marg Christian
- Rainforest Walk in Upper National Park
- Evening Lecture “ The History and flora of Phillip Island”
- Evening Lecture “ Native or Exotic, how can we know”
- One Hundred Acres, Reserve walk
- Duncombe Bay area walk
- Forestry Area plantation walk
- Optional: Bird rock area walk
- Complimentary Mini Golf and A Walk in the Wild rainforest walk
- Bonus Norfolk Island discount shopping card with free gift
** Flora walks to be conducted by Kevin Mills and Marg Christian throughout the week.
Please note prices are current today and subject to change without notice up until time of final payment and ticketing.
Holiday Package Conditions/Cancellation penalties
Please note non-refundable deposit of $200 per person due upon confirmation of booking. Final payment is due no later than the 31st July 2018. Airfare is subject to availability and non-refundable after issue. Changes are permitted until day before departure however date/route changes can only be made within 7 day’s travel dates either side of your original booked travel dates. Amendments, upgrades and name changes are not permitted within 24 hours prior to departure. Payment of a change fee (per passenger) applies plus any applicable upgrade fees to cover the difference between the original fare and the new fare. Accommodation cancellation penalties apply within 90 days prior to travel. Within 60 days of travel, up to 100% cancellation fees may apply. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect you in some instances for unforeseen cancellation.
Prices shown are in Australian dollars and are payable by personal or bank cheques or by direct deposit into our client trust account. If you would prefer to pay by Visa or MasterCard, please add 1.5% to the total cost of your holiday package.