What is Norfolk Island famous for?

What is Norfolk Island famous for?

There is no doubt that Norfolk Island is a unique destination and aside from its incredible beauty, there are a number of interesting reasons Norfolk Island stands out from the rest.

1. Descendants of the Bounty Mutineers

More descendants of Fletcher Christian than anywhere else in the world 

Norfolk is now home to the famed descendants of the Polynesian women and Bounty Mutineers, originally living on Pitcairn Island. After outgrowing Pitcairn, the community, made up of 8 family groupings, relocated to Norfolk in 1856. Owner of NITC, Rebecca Christan, is a seventh-generation descendant of Fletcher Christan.

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Norfolk Island Travel Centre Heritage Convict Sunset

2. Convict Colony

The resting place of Australia’s most important shipwreck, flagship of the First Fleet HMS Sirius

Norfolk was home to two penal settlements. During the first, the Island became home to many ‘First Fleeters’. Then, after 1825, the poor souls who were to live, enduring ‘punishment just short of death’, simply tried to survive life here.

3. Norfolk Island Pine

Home to endemic Araucaria heterophylla, or as you may know it, the Norfolk Pine 

The Norfolk Island Pine was discovered by Capt. James Cook in 1774, Cook noted the pines would be perfect for masts and yards for sailing ships but it was later found that they were not resilient enough. Today, the Norfolk Pine can be found around the world, particularly coastal areas, due to its ability to grow in sand and high tolerance for salt and wind - making it the perfect seaside tree.

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IMG 4446 Cows At Kingston IMG CREDIT Julie Hartwig

4. Norfolk Cows

Moooove over because the free-range cows on Norfolk Island have right of way

These friendly four-legged grass-mowers have been an integral part of Norfolk’s culture, in fact, if you visit Norfolk before June 2020 you can view the Museum’s temporary Longest Paddock Exhibition.

5. Colleen McCullough

Colleen McCullough and her convict ancestor “Morgan’s Run” both lived here

The world-renowned author Colleen McCullough, made Norfolk home in 1979 and stayed until her passing in 2015. Here you can book an exclusive guided tour to the author’s magnificent property.

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Blessing 89 NOC 2019 Zack Sanders

6. Emily Bay

The very same one named in Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Top 10 Beaches

Summer + Norfolk Island = Emily Bay. This stunning beach has it all. Emily Bay is a unique gem. This is the perfect place for families to safely and easily enjoy a Norfolk Island summer holiday.

7. Unique Phone Book

Where you can search by nick-name in the local phone book

Check out the The Faasfain (fast find) section of the Norfolk Island phone book. Islanders are so much more familiar with each other’s nicknames rather than their long forgotten birth names. Updated every three years.

Norfolk Island Phone Book 2018
Norfolk Island Travel Centre Norfolk Island Food Festival 2

8. Thanksgiving

The only place in the South Pacific that celebrates Thanksgiving Day

Norfolk Island is one of the few places outside of America to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, an influence left from the American whaling ships who would frequently visit during the late 1800’s. The Norfolk Island Food Festival is always timed to coincide with Thanksgiving Day.

9. Fishing

Fishing, or as the locals call it ‘catching’

With a 50sq Norfolk Marine Park seclusion zone around the Island, no commercial fishing allowed and deep water right at our doorstep, Norfolk Island is an undiscovered game fishing paradise.

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Julie Hartwig Norfolk Island April 2019 Golf Cropped

10. Norfolk Island Golf Course

As seen in Golf Australia’s 60 best 9-hole courses in Australia

Play golf on Norfolk Island and you’ll find one of the most friendly and social clubs with a course bordered by the South Pacific Ocean and set within historic Kingston, a World Heritage listed site. Often described as one of the most beautiful locations for a course, its not hard to understand why its such an attraction.

Whether you visit Norfolk by yourself, with family or friends, or as part of an organised (or your own) group trip, make sure to use the knowledge available from local travel agents, tour operators and visitor information services all located on the island. ‘Meeting the locals’ really is part of a Norfolk Island experience, so make sure to do so even before you travel. You’ll surely find much more than you expected on a Norfolk Island holiday!

By booking your Norfolk Island holiday package, events, accommodation, tours and attractions with us, you are assured expert advice and a great deal from a passionate local. Contact us today

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