Travel tops the to-do list of most people who are of retirement age and older. Research has shown it is the number one aspiration and brings not only adventure and memories, but many health benefits too. Whilst our international borders remain closed for the time being, a common question is where to go? We have a tropical paradise in our own backyard that offers all the things you love about the South Pacific region, but is in fact a domestic destination! Norfolk Island is the perfect holiday destination for seniors and we have come up with a list of reasons why.
Norfolk Island is an idyllic sub-tropical island situated just off the east coast of Australia. A short 2 ½ hour direct flight from Brisbane and Sydney with Air New Zealand. Whilst the flights operate from the international terminal, it is considered domestic travel and passengers only require photographic identification; no passport or visas to worry about!
Getting around this unspoiled island is easy and whilst some days will require just a comfortable pair of walking shoes, there is over 120km of road to enjoy and our clients are provided a hire car to use at their leisure. The general driving speed is 50km/hour which is perfect for keeping an eye out for roadside market stalls and remember that livestock have right away!
The island has many properties to choose from offering a range of accommodation styles including hotels, cottages, holiday homes and self-contained apartments. There are no high rises and all your needs can be catered for by the friendly and attentive locals who manage the properties.
History and Culture
Norfolk Island has a fascinating history and visitors can enjoy learning about the very first Polynesian settlers, the British convicts who followed and the Bounty mutineer descendants who shaped their culture. Travel back in time and browse the exhibits of the Norfolk Island Museums hosted across several heritage venues. Take a self-guided tour around historic military and government buildings and the ruins of old gaols or join a guided tour of the cemetery where hand-carved epitaphs record the tragic ends of the islands’ early inhabitants. There are many layers to the history of Norfolk Island and you won’t be disappointed as you learn all about each one.
With rich soils, pristine waters and pure air, Norfolk Island offers a myriad of flavours you will never forget. The paddocks abound with fresh-grown goodness and the waters are teeming with plump healthy fish. From clifftop fish frys, high tea served on the lawn overlooking Cascade Bay to a progressive dinner with the locals in their own homes, Norfolk Island is a culinary adventure for all.
Much of Norfolk Island’s 35 square kilometres is designated national park or nature reserve. Nature reigns supreme here and there are plenty of self-guided walks and guided tours to show off the beauty of this natural environment and resident wildlife.
Emily Bay Lagoon is listed in the top 10 beaches of the South Pacific and a popular spot for a dip! If you’re keen to marvel at the fish and coral then snorkelling at Slaughter and Emily Bays is the way to go. Some spots are best visited with a guide and of course sea conditions and tide times should be checked before you venture out.
Norfolk Island has one of the most scenic golf courses on the planet and offers stunning views from every hole. Located amid the iconic pines on the edge of the South Pacific waters, everyone is welcome to play a round or enjoy a relaxing drink on the sunny verandah. Players can bring their own clubs or hire them directly from the pro shop.
The island offers all the facilities you may require during your stay such as post office, internet café, grocery store, chemist, doctors, hospital and more. You can relax knowing these services are available should you happen to need anything during your holiday.
Many visitors to Norfolk Island feel it is like taking a step back in time; where everyone is friendly and keen to stop and chat. A very safe, easily accessible and friendly destination! There is so much to see and do on Norfolk Island that your toughest decision will be how long to stay for and what to do first. A week is a good start, but many say it is not enough and choose to stay longer! Others still fall in love and keep on returning.
Norfolk Island is one of our favourite destinations and we have a team of experts who can help tailor a holiday package to suit your needs. If you would like to hear more of our tips or plan your next adventure, give our team a call on 1800 800 722. Paradise and new friendships await.comments powered by Disqus