It’s a gem of an is­land


Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - November Contents -

Dis­cover the ex­tra­or­di­nary de­lights of Nor­folk is­land

nor­folk Is­land? It’s an oa­sis with fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries to tell, amaz­ing his­tory and cul­ture, stun­ning land­scapes of rolling hills and curl­ing roads, seascapes of rugged grandeur, and the fa­mous and heart-warming Nor­folk pines show­ing off at ev­ery turn. You’ll feast on fab­u­lous pad­dock-to-plate din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, be thrilled by ac­tiv­i­ties and ad­ven­tures, and en­joy de­light­ful shop­ping. Add in fes­ti­vals of all man­ner, sports, walks and, of course, the res­i­dent cows roaming free like they own the is­land! With a trip just over two hours from Syd­ney and Bris­bane, this spe­cial is­land par­adise awaits.


Nor­folk Is­land has many com­fort­able and well-ap­pointed ho­tels, cot­tages and self-cater­ing vil­las lo­cated all over. One spe­cial treat is Tin­toela, a stun­ning home­stead look­ing down over a pretty val­ley out to the ocean, only five min­utes from the cen­tre of town, Burnt Pine.

Wher­ever you go, you’ll feel at home with a friendly Nor­folk wave from the lo­cals and other vis­i­tors as you walk or drive. To dis­cover the is­land, hire a car, fun Mini Moke or

bike for shorter jour­neys – and watch those cows as they have right of way!

Also be ready for a spe­cial plea­sure as you meet res­i­dents who are ac­tual de­scen­dants of the in­fa­mous mutiny on the Bounty crew, bear­ing sur­names such as Chris­tian, Evans, Buf­fet and Quin­tal. Ex­cit­ing! Then, a must-see is Fletcher’s Mutiny Cy­clo­rama

– a spec­tac­u­lar mu­ral de­pict­ing the mutiny. There are also mu­se­ums hous­ing trea­sures from ev­ery pe­riod, as well as HMS Bounty, HMS Sir­ius and Pit­cairn Is­land, and the beau­ti­ful colony site of Kingston and Arthur’s Vale His­toric World Her­itage Site.


Is it now time to eat? Nor­folk has food in ‘boun­ties’ – and so much is sourced di­rectly on the is­land. There’s fresh fish, suc­cu­lent fruits and vegeta­bles, cof­fee, honey, cheeses – even a win­ery – all to be en­joyed in one of the 20-plus eater­ies. Per­haps you’d adore a pic­nic by the beach or atop a cliff, or a pro­gres­sive din­ner. Many lo­cal folk also present quaint ‘hon­esty boxes’ at the front of their homes where you are free to buy their spe­cial pro­duce of­fer­ings.


Golf at a sea­side course, bush­walk­ing, arts and crafts, pro­duce mar­kets, tra­di­tional weav­ing and danc­ing, spa treat­ments, snorkellin­g, surf­ing and fish­ing. Take a trip to nearby Phillip Is­land sea bird sanc­tu­ary, go kayak­ing around the rugged coast­line or try deep-sea fish­ing.

Then come for the spe­cial oc­ca­sions of Bounty Day, Taste Nor­folk Is­land, the jazz fes­ti­val, coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val and Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val Road­show. Come, come! It’s close to home and fab in ev­ery way!

Ex­tra­or­di­nary and breath­tak­ing vis­tas abound around the is­land. Beaches and wa­ter­ways for swim­ming and sports are truly splen­did.

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