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WORDS Angela Spiliotakos

orfolk Island is a treasure-trove of beauty, and fun! We look at 101 things to do and see on the island that has it all.

1.Walk along the Rainforest Gully Circuit and listen for the call of Norfolk’s native Green Parrot.

2.Learn about convict history at World Heritage Listed, Kingston.

3.Treat the kids to a horse and carriage ride with Culla & Co and his beautiful Clydesdales.

4.Take some family snaps at Cockpit Waterfall.

5.Dig in to some homemade banana bread at The Golden Orb Bookshop and Café.

6.Tour the Norfolk Island Museum.

7.Pick up some goodies at the Farmers Produce Market, Saturdays, from 7:30am, and the Island Markets, Sundays, from 8:30am.

8.Drive to the top of Mt. Pitt and take in the stunning, panoramic views.

9.Try your luck with catching dinner by fishing off the jetty.

10.Play a game of hide ‘n’ seek at Strawberry Fields Garden & Maze.

11.Have a swim or snorkel at Emily Bay.

12.Take a tour through the 100 Acre Farm and historic Homestead.

13.Get some family exercise by hiring a bike and riding around the sights.

14. Catch a show at Ferny Lane Theatre.

15.Explore the amazing beauty of Emily Bay.

16.Jump in a kayak and join a guided tour of the rugged coastline.

17.Head to Mt. Bates, the highest point on Norfolk Island, and take in the spectacular views.

18.Shimmy ‘n’ shake at the Norfolk Island Jazzes It Up festival (30th November - 3rd December)

19.Visit the Captain Cook Monument and find the spot where the explorer first landed in 1774.

20.Try your luck at tracking down the rare Norfolk Island Boobook owl.

21.Stroll through the lush Botanic Gardens.

22.Check out a concert or show at the Paradise Hotel.

23.Feed the ducks at Watermill Dam.

24.Hike the Red Road Track.

25.Cop a dose of Norfolk history at the Pitcairn Settlers Village.

26.Sample some treats at the Taste of Norfolk Island food festival (23rd Nov - 27th November).

27.Visit Government House on Open Day, 2nd December.

28.Get on a boat and visit Philip Island, about 7km south of Norfolk.

29.Try and catch a glimpse of a baby Masked Booby during August through to February.

30.Get the family together to watch the Christmas Parade and Pageant.

31.Enjoy a scenic cruise with Advance Fishing Charters.

32.Check out Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama, the amazing 360 degree panoramic painting.

33.Pop in and see the petting zoo at Hilli Goat Farm - and buy some goats cheese while you’re there!

34.Eat ‘til your hearts’ content at an Island Fish Fry.

35.On the 8th June, celebrate Bounty Day and the anniversary of the arrival of Pitcairn islanders.

36.Challenge the kids at Mini Golf.

37.Collect seashells along the shore of Anson Beach.

38.Visit Sweeties for a sugar hit.

39.Gaze upon the historic trinkets at the Bounty Folk Museum.

40.Enjoy an ice cream while exploring Bumbora Reserve.

41.Discover your inner art critic at Gallery Guava.

42.Take a fascinating tour through the history-rich Norfolk Island cemetery.

43.Attend a church service and listen to the parishioners do sing-a-longs.

44.Experience true paddock-to-plate at Norfolk Blue.

45.Watch the experts create some magic at the Cottage Pottery.

46.Appreciate the beauty of St. Barnabas Chapel.

47.Spot the marine life at stunning, Crystal Pool.

48.Shop up a storm at Burnt Pine.

49.Watch the kids catch some waves at Bumboras.

50.Spook out the family (in a fun way!) with a twilight ghost tour by Baunti Escapes.

51.Grab some fish and chips, get comfy, and watch the cargo boats unload.

52.Be mystified at The Beer Bottle House, a house made with over 40,000 beer bottles!

53.Sample some seasonal fruit at one of the road-side stalls run my locals.

54.Pick up a copy of A Taste of Norfolk at a local bookshop.

55.Nibble on some cheese at boutique cheese shop, Xtian Brothers Cheese.

56.Sit back and watch the kids play around the giant Moreton Bay Fig trees.

57.Visit Cascade Bay, and the site of the old whaling station.

58.Search for ‘hihis’ (periwinkles) on the rocks by the water.

59.Try one of the locals’ favourite snacks, coconut bread.

60.Go star gazing.

61.Check out Norfolk’s quirky phone book - it includes people’s nicknames!

62.Watch the planes come and go along the airstrip’s fence on New Farm Road.

63.Explore the shiny, vintage cars at the Museum of Transport and Technology.

64.Venture to Puppy’s Point for the perfect sunset.

65.Pick up a teddy, model, and more at The Bounty Centre.

66.Take some photos at beautiful Creswell Bay.

67.Budding detective in the family? Why not take part in the interactive theatre, Fletchers Fate Mystery Dinner?

68.Book a 4WD tour and get off the beaten track.

69.Tune into Radio Norfolk to hear what the locals are loving!

70.Go for a round of kids vs. adults at Cheryl Tennis Centre.

71.Join a Wonderland by Night tour, where the island’s greenery is illuminated.

72.Jump aboard a glassbottom boat and score a different view of Norfolk’s surrounds.

73.Get a local to teach the family some fun phrases in Norfolk.

74.Grab the family a round of milkshakes at Café Tempo.

75.Explore ancient Egyptian artwork reworked at Tutankhamun’s Tomb.

76.Take a pic with a Norfolk Island pine (give it a good sniff, too!).

77.Go bushwalking through Norfolk Island National Park.

78.Pick up some handmade, wooden toys and homewares at Wildwood.

79.Go windsurfing with the family at Slaughter Bay.

80.Wave to passing cars - it’s called the Norfolk Wave, and it’s all about solidifying a sense of community.

81.Enjoy some tea and scones with a side of magnificent views at Bedrock Tea Gardens.

82.Experience ‘Progressive Dinner’, a three-course dinner event hosted by three, local families in their own homes.

83.Pick up some pretty cupcakes at Sweet Pea Cakery.

84.Go on a Breakfast Bush Walk.

85.Drop by the Visitors Information Centre and chat with the friendly staff.

86.Make your Instagram followers jealous with pics of Duncombe Bay.

87.Check out the ‘Big Rocks’ - Elephant Rock, Bird Rock, and Cathedral Rock.

88.Experience convict life with Night As A Convict. Expect a delicious, carvery dinner!

89.Cycle along the trails at Selwyn Reserve.

90.Fall in love with the beautiful houses along Quality Row.

91.Watch the Sound & Light Show for a good dose of history (and a side of cheeky humour!).

92.Dine at Dino’s at Bumboras.

93.Play a round of family squash at the Ferny Lane Leagues Club.

94.Test the family’s horseriding skills at Silky Oaks Stables.

95.Breathe in the fresh, sea air at Steels Point.

96.Try a Norfolk Blue steak.

97.Take a gander at the memorabilia at the Norfolk Island RSL Memorial Club.

98.Picnic at Two Chimneys Reserve.

99.Cruise over Bloody Bridge (and stop for a photo!).

100.Choose one scoop or two at the Ice Cream Café at Burnt Pine.

101.Experience the excitement during the Scrabble Championships in late September. It’s an event that gets the whole island pumping…and it’s in its 27th year!


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