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Everything You Need to Know About Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island offers a plethora of activities and experiences, all set in a beautiful island paradise. Find out more about this tiny island and why you need to add it to your “must-see” list!

Where is Norfolk Island?

Norfolk Island is located approximately 1000km off the east coast of Australia. Flights to Norfolk Island are only a short 2.5hr duration and are direct from either Sydney or Brisbane with Air New Zealand. Sydney flights operate Mondays and Fridays with a seasonal Sunday flight. Brisbane flights operate Tuesdays and Saturdays, however the Tuesday flights are sometimes removed over the quiet winter period. Norfolk Island time zone is GMT +11, the same as Sydney.

Do I Need a Passport to Travel to Norfolk Island?

Norfolk Island is considered a domestic territory of Australia. From 1 July 2016, passengers travelling from Australia with Australian citizenship/permanent residence are no longer required to travel with a passport. However taking your passport is highly recommended in case the flight needs to be diverted to an international port due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. If you do not have a passport, an Australian driver’s licence or another formal photo identification is allowed.

Although the flights are considered to be domestic, Air New Zealand still operates out of the international terminals. That means you can also purchase items duty free, just remember standard duty free allowances apply when returning back to mainland Australia. Norfolk Island currency is the Australian Dollar so no need to worry about exchange rates!

Norfolk Island Weather

The island shares a similar latitude to Coffs Harbour and because it is only a small island subject to ocean winds, the climate is cooler than it’s tropical Pacific Island neighbours. With temperatures of 19-28 degrees Celsius in Summer, 12-21 degrees Celsius in Winter, and water temperature ranging from 19-22 degrees Celsius, the best time to visit is anytime! However if you want to avoid the heavy rain periods, October to March would be our pick!

Norfolk Island Locals

Norfolk’s population as per the 2016 census was 1748 people. Arguably one of Norfolk Island’s most famous residents was author Colleen McCullough who first called the island home in 1979. Over her time on the island she created a beautiful home filled with worldly artefacts, which is now open to the public through Baunti Escapes Colleen McCullough Tour operating Tuesday – Friday.

One thing all the locals have in common is their pride of their Pacific Island ancestry with many being descendants of The Bounty mutineers, Pitcairn Islanders and Tahitians. Islanders speak English and Norfuk (a blend of 18th century English and Tahitian). We highly recommend joining the Norfolk Language Class whilst on island to try your hand at this quaint and unique language.

Norfolk Islanders are very friendly and easy-going, so even if you haven’t quite mastered their language - it won’t be long until you’ve made a new friend or been invited to share a pint at The Norfolk Island Leagues Club.

Getting around Norfolk Island

As there is no public transport on island, we highly recommend securing a hire car for the duration of your stay. Be sure to use the “Norfolk Wave” when driving – it’s a simple raise of the palm from the steering wheel to any passers-by. The island is only 8km x 5km so a hire car will allow you explore the island at your own pace as well as traverse the sometimes hilly terrain (though push bikes and hikes are options for those who like to get physical!). Don’t forget cows have the right of way on Norfolk Island roads!

Stay tuned for our blog on Things to do on Norfolk Island!

Now that you know more, it’s time to go! If you would like a quote for your next Norfolk Island holiday or for more information, please get in touch with our team of specialist travel consultants on 1800 800 722.

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