If you’re in Norfolk on Sunday, then head to St Barnabas chapel – a stone church built for Church of England missionaries in 1880 from the ruins of the island’s first gaol (jail).For outdoor fun, drive to the top of Mt Pitt (316m) on sunset for a stunning panoramic view of the island, walk to the top of Mt Bates (318m, the highest point of the island) or book a horse and carriage ride on Culla & Co’s beautiful Clydesdale ponies.Start the day with some home grown Anson coffee (look out for Fred’s mobile van serving Anson coffee).
Walk, bike or golf your way through Kingston’s historic convict ruins.
Snorkel within a stone’s throw of a settlers’ cemetery dating back to the late 1700s or take in any one of the island’s many heritage museums.
Throw in an increasing organic food scene and warm year-round temperatures and you have a perfect stop off on any trip Down Under. Many of the activities in Norfolk center around its early history – and there is a limitless selection of things to do.
Visit Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama, an award-winning cyclorama at Burnt Pine that explores the history behind the mutiny of the Bounty.
Norfolk Island, a small pine-covered island in the South Pacific Ocean, is perhaps best known for its fascinating social history.
Once occupied by Polynesians, then twice used as a penal colony by Australia between 17, Norfolk was eventually settled by the descendants of the mutineers from the HMS Bounty.When you’re finished, pop into Hilli Restaurant & Cafe for lunch. To meet the locals, get along to Norfolk’s farmers’ produce market (Saturday from 7.30am) or the island markets (Sundays from 8.30am) held in the Bi-Centennial Complex on Taylors Road. Books by famous Australian author and Norfolk Island resident Colleen Mc Cullough are firm favourites. Keep in mind the speed limit is a laid back 25 miles per hour (40kms per hour) and it is common practice to wave to all passing traffic.Just 35 square kilometres in size, Norfolk is two-and-half hours from Australia’s east coast and a 90-minute flight from Auckland, New Zealand. From its extraordinary convict buildings set in a UNESCO World Heritage site to the crystal clear waters of Emily Bay, Norfolk Island is a haven for history buffs, foodies and people who love exploring the outdoors.The kin of British mutineers once washed up on its shores, which are today enjoyed by travellers who walk the coastline, snorkel the bay and pick their way throughout the remnants of the former convict colony.If you’ve got a day to fill, consider taking a bird watching or fishing tour.Or you can keep your feet dry by booking a glass bottom boat tour of the island’s lagoons. Norfolk has an impressive seasonal, fresh and island-grown food scene – and plenty of paddock-to-plate options.