Norfolk Island has a rich and colourful history with a strong culture that has remained in place throughout countless generations. There are many tours that you can do while on island to gain an insight into local life, both in the past and present. Here are our top 5 local Norfolk Island tours to experience!
History in the Making Tour
Visit convict work sites in historic Kingston and a small working museum set in the grounds of an island home in the ‘History in the Making’ tour. This tour focuses on hands-on activities such as shingle and rope making. There is also a museum collection, which includes many unique artefacts. You can also learn of the wonderful moments of enterprise and ingenuity that have allowed today’s settlers to make Norfolk Island their home.
Colleen McCullough Tour
Colleen McCullough, world-renowned author of 24 books such as Tim, The Thornbirds and Morgan’s Run, called Norfolk Island home for almost 36 years. She and her husband, Ric Robinson, created a luxurious hideaway and maintained their privacy to ensure that Colleen had the perfect environment for her writing. Some of her most powerful titles were created in this much-loved sanctuary.
Her beloved property “Out Yenna” is now open to the public. Here, you can view her magnificent home and priceless collection of artefacts gathered from all over the world. This is a glimpse into the life of a modern-day literary icon. If you have read any of her amazing books, you will love the experience of sharing the world of Colleen McCullough.
Over the Cattlestops Tour
To get a real insight into the lifestyle on Norfolk Island, you need to meet the people and see their industries in action. On this day tour, you will visit a few of the locally owned businesses that make up the island’s bustling industries. Norfolk Island has a huge number of small businesses making different local products that you’ll be able to see - and maybe have a taste – for yourself! You will also enjoy morning tea at a beautiful scenic location.
1856: The Untold Story Tour
On 8 June 1856, a total of 194 people, descendants from the Bounty, arrived on Norfolk Island from Pitcairn Island aboard the Morayshire. They arrived in cold, wet blustery conditions. Few had ever been to sea before, and as a result, they were seasick, homesick, and heartsick. They arrived at a recently abandoned penal settlement set aside for the ‘worst of the worst’. It was full of ghosts and memories.
“1856: The Untold Story” tour follows their journey in the World Heritage Listed Kingston area. The tour will bring the past to life with commentary on the coach - recounting stories of the families, where they lived, and how they adapted to their new life on Norfolk Island.
The Trial of the Fifteen
You are an eyewitness to a courtroom drama as fifteen extraordinary characters step on stage to expose Norfolk’s colourful and, at times, turbulent past. The testimony of those on trial reveals the story of Norfolk Island – Polynesian visitation, European discovery, convict misery and the arrival of the Pitcairn Islanders. This highly successful play has been running for over ten years to more than 35,000 visitors.