Truly unique amongst Pacific Islands, with rugged cliffs, pine trees and a dark convict past melding with crystal clear waters and stunning coral reefs, Norfolk Island is a destination that deserves its place on even the most discerning traveller's bucket lists.
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Once one of the world's worst penal colonies that was the final destination for only the very worst convicts in the earliest days of colonial Australia, thankfully Norfolk Island has transformed itself over the last few centuries into a magical island paradise unlike anywhere on earth. With a unique past, superb culinary culture and a rich heritage that blends Polynesian with European flavours, Norfolk Island is truly worth discovering.
What are the must-see attractions in Norfolk Island?
Drawing on its isolation and rich heritage, there are few places in the world quite as special as Norfolk Island and there is a list of must-see Norfolk Island attractions to suit all. With some of the Pacific's best beaches, finest restaurants and most spectacular starry skies, Norfolk Island has something for everyone of all ages.
Regardless of whether you're a history lover or know nothing of Norfolk Island's fascinating history, you're in for a treat. Be sure to visit the Kingston UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about the first Polynesian settlers and the British convicts who dominated the island from 1788-1855. Also worth investigating is the Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama and the Bounty Folk Museum, which tells the story of the infamous Bounty mutineers.
Wander along Kingston Pier, and see where the supplies have arrived on the island for over two centuries, visit the Norfolk Island Cemetery for a window to the stories of the past or surround yourself with the natural beauty of the Queen Victoria Memorial Gardens.
If food and wine are your thing, then Norfolk Island is full of opportunities to expand your palette with some of the finest organic produce and plate-to-table restaurants in the Pacific. Sample cellar door wines and craft beers, shop at the superb Saturday Morning Farmers' Market, while away a sunny Summer afternoon at the Sunset Bar or take the legendary Progresssive Dinner tour - the perfect way to meet locals in their own homes.
Take a snorkel and explore the sparkling waters of Emily Bay Lagoon, or head further out for some game fishing, surfing or diving. Take a guided or a self-guided walking or cycling tour and explore the breathtaking landscapes and lookouts, enjoy a round of golf or tennis or simply sit and watch the world pass you by. With kayaking, hiking and more available for the couples, solo travellers and families, there's no such thing as wasted time on Norfolk Island