When is the best time to visit Norfolk Island?
This handy guide will help you decide when is the best time to visit Norfolk Island for the best weather, flights, activities and special events.
In short answer, Norfolk Island is a wonderful place to visit year-round and the ‘best time to visit’ is largely a personal preference. Depending on what type of holiday you want whether a relaxing summer escape by the beach, an active getaway to join an international sporting competition or a family reunion during the school holidays, Norfolk will provide. It’s quite remarkable that Norfolk can cater to so many types of traveller and still keep it’s laid back island vibe. What you quickly discover about Norfolk Island, is that there are plenty of attractions of world class quality - which only the lucky ones who travel discover. While most of the world grapples with over-tourism, Norfolk Island remains in that ‘sweet spot’. And the travellers that do make the ‘over-seas trip’ quickly become repeat visitors.
Norfolk Island Weather
With a marine subtropical climate, Norfolk Island enjoys a comfortable climate year round. With the warmest months being January and February many travellers from Australia love the summer months, don’t forget to add the effect of humidity to temperatures that on paper may seem quite mild. Beautiful balmy summer nights on Norfolk Island are perfect for early evening swims; Spring and Autumn are perfect for clear skies with lovely mild days as you move away from, or towards winter. During winter visitors can escape the frost of home with Norfolk temperatures described best as cooler rather than freezing. Some accommodation places have inbuilt fireplaces which are perfect to snuggle up and enjoy a platter of local cheeses, meats and produce.
Temperatures on Norfolk Island
January : 20°C – 25°C // February : 20°C – 25°C
March : 20°C – 24°C // April : 18°C – 22°C
May : 17°C – 21°C // June : 15°C – 19°C
July : 14°C – 18°C // August : 14°C – 18°C
September : 15°C – 19°C // October : 16°C – 20°C
November : 17°C – 24°C // December : 19°C – 24°C
Norfolk Island Busy Season
From October to April there is an extra flight per week from Sydney and Brisbane to cater for the extra demand during these ‘busy’ months. Generally, the earlier you can lock in your travel dates the better during this period to make sure you secure your favoured travel dates and accommodation at the best rates.
Generally expect special event dates around Bounty Anniversary day (8 June), Christmas and Easter to be more popular (see below).
Travel in Winter
One of the benefits of travelling in winter is that accommodation places often offer excellent deals such as ‘stay 7 pay 5 nights’. And while you won’t find humidity and higher temperatures, you’ll likely find many pleasant t-shirt-weather days when you’ll only reach for your jumper once the sun goes down.
Swimming and water activities happen all year round – that first dive in can be bracing but, together with the locals who swim year round, you’ll quickly enjoy the crystal clear waters and coral on display. Bring a 3mm wet suit for snorkelling if you prefer.
Key Events and Festivals in Norfolk Island
Luckily Norfolk Island has an event calendar which rivals even the busiest of socialites. I guess this is another reflection of how social we are on this little Island, with our community and culture both ingrained with a love of welcoming and playing host! As a locally owned and operated travel agency we are at the heart of many Norfolk Island events as we bring visitors to attend as well as sponsor or manage other events. You can see our full ‘What’s On’ calendar here.
Bounty (Anniversary) Day - Anniversary of the arrival of the Pitcairners
On the 8th June 1856 the Morayshire arrived on Norfolk with the entire population from Pitcairn on board being re-located after outgrowing their tiny island home. This day became known as ‘Anniversary’ or ‘Bounty’ Day and it is celebrated every year by the Norfolk Island community as their National Day. With the Islanders dressed in their traditional Bounty clothes a re-enactment of the landing at Kingston Pier occurs, followed by a procession through Kingston and whole of community picnic. The Bounty ball also occurs with Kindy aged to adults competing and dancing together.
Bounty Day is an extremely interesting and exciting time to be on Norfolk Island, but can also be a busy time to secure plane seats. My Hot Tip is if you want to travel for Bounty Day, book early!
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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