Norfolk island is an Australian territory in the South Pacific Ocean. It is located 1600 km east of Sydney and Brisbane and 1000 km northwest of Auckland. It has a colourful convict history with historic attractions such as museums, the penal settlement and the culture arising from the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian wives, who settled on Norfolk after the mutiny of the HMS Bounty.
Around one third of the Island is devoted to National Parks offering great opportunites for walking and mountain biking. There is dramatic coastal scenery, untouched beaches, coral lagoons, great restaurants and cafes and one of the world’s most scenic golf courses.
The waters surrounding Norfolk Island are great for fishing with fishing charters and boat cruises available to visitors. There is amazing coral and fish life for scuba divers, with dive courses also available. Inside the lagoon of Emily and Slaughter Bays you can enjoy safe swimming and snorkeling, beyond the reef.
Things to see and do
* National parks
* Swimming, diving and snorkeling
* Museums & art galleries
* Mountain biking
* Historical attractions
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Australian dollar (AUD)
Language – English, Norfulk
Land Area – 34.6 km²
Population – 2120 approx
Electricity – 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus twelve hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 6723
Port Location – There are no ports or harbours on the island. Loading jetties are located at Kingston and Cascade, but ships cannot get close to either of them. Which jetty is used depends on the prevailing weather on the day. The jetty on the Leeward side of the island is often used. If the wind changes significantly during unloading/loading, the ship will move around to the other side.
Transport Links – There is one airport, Norfolk Island Airport. It is serviced by 2 airlines with regular flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle,Melbourne and Auckland. Norfolk Air operates from Sydney and Brisbane every Wednesday,Friday, Saturday and Sunday, every Friday from Melbourne, and a Monday service from Newcastle (N.S.W). Air New Zealand operates from Auckland every Wednesday and Sunday.