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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Aug-Sept
Active RetireesTM | 13 hundred-year watch over the unique wildlife on the island. Breakfast bushwalks along well- maintained paths have route options tailored to all levels of fitness, and the more adventurous will see stunning cathedral rock formations off the coast as they trek towards their fresh- cooked barbecue breakfast. Go your own way Once you’ve taken in a few of the guided tours and organised events, its time to explore the island’s natural wonders and culture by yourself; you’ll need to pick up one of the cheap rental cars for this, as there is no public transport. Take some cheese and wine down to Emily Bay and watch the clouds drift over the uninhabited offshore islands, or wander through the old cemetery and read the stories of convicts and soldiers. You’ll also find some great lookouts that reveal the peaks, beaches and rock formations along the island’s dramatic coastline. Norfolk Island has one of the most picturesque golf courses in the Pacific and is also home to a strong lawn bowls community. For a relaxing ale with the locals, try the Bowling Club. If you’re lucky enough to be around on Anzac Day, donate your two-up winnings to the local women’s auxiliary at the RSL. For a small community, art, culture and fine dining thrive on Norfolk. Norfolk Island artists have revived the art of the cyclorama. In stunning detail the natural and human history of the island have been painted and presented within a purpose-built building. The details are incredibly realistic and leave you feeling as if you are witnessing the events first-hand. The effect is mesmerising. Eat up Keep an eye out for small restaurants using fresh, local and organic produce on the island. You’ll need to book ahead for Hilli’s Restaurant, but such high quality food in an alfresco setting would be popular anywhere. The entrees and mains are pitch-perfect with mouth-watering desserts the perfect nightcap. For lunch, a serve of take-away hot chips from the Kingston gift shop will provide the sustenance for a laid-back wander through the convict ruins. Untouched by the hustle of city life, Norfolk Island is just a 2-hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane (or 1.5 hours from Auckland). After a few hours on the island you’ll start to leave your keys in the ignition of your hire-car, at ease with the laid- back feeling of life on Norfolk. By the time you check out you’ll know the workers at the airport by name. And is there anything wrong with that? •• Ben Miller travelled courtesy of Norfolk Select W: www.norfolkselect.com.au While the history of the island keeps you entertained, the natural beauty will astound you. travel DOMestIC While English is the first language of most Norfolk Islanders, the locals also speak a mix of Creole English and Tahitian called Norf’k. Test a local with these phrases: wataweih? Hello, how are you? ai gwen naawi I’m going swimming. Dem es sweet wettles That is delicious food. norf’k ailen gat ets oen said ina Inglish salan’s histri Norfolk Island holds a unique place in British and Australian history. LEARN THE LINGO Passports: Even though Norfolk Island is an Australian territory, flights from Australia are classed as international. As a result, your travel insurance will consider your travel international, and even Australian citizens require a passport to travel to Norfolk. There is a bright side though: duty free shopping! airlines: Norfolk Air provides frequent services to and from Australia. Air New Zealand operates weekly flights to Norfolk Island. accommodation: There is a range of accommodation on the island, from bungalows to resorts to bed and breakfasts. Spoil yourself at Forrester Court Clifftop Cottages or enjoy the easy comfort of Governor’s Lodge Resort. How long to stay: Most people visit for 5-10 days. The easy pace of life on Norfolk means that you need a week to experience it all. transfers: There is no public transport on the island, though tour companies will usually drop you off and pick you up from your accommodation. Hire cars are very affordable and you can just leave them at the airport when you fly out. TRAVEL GUIDE Allimages:HallieDonkin
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