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Botanica

Norfolk Island History & Gardens

Sydney or Brisbane Return

Trip Code: BTNOFK8
8 Days
10 May, 11, 19 Oct 2021 & 4 Apr, 9 May & 17 Oct 2022
  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 8 days in a small group with expert Botanical Guide Sophie Thomson or Judy Horton
  • Return economy flights from Sydney or Brisbane, 7 nights’ accommodation and 15 meals

  • Travel in a comfortable coach and airport transfers on first and last day
  • Visit Norfolk Island's nature gardens
  • See rare and endangered plants including Phillip Island Hibiscus and Norfolk Tree Fern
  • Visit the wonderful 'Music Valley' garden and discover its owner's connection to culture
  • Discover Norfolk's convict history and meet the Christian brothers at their cheese factory
  • Enjoy a scenic breakfast bushwalk with incredible coastal views

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Low Fitness Level - involves walking on uneven surfaces and stairs, and be able to stand up for up to one hour and keep up with the pace of the group
  • Group size - Up to 30 guests
  • Prices are for land and flights as specified only
Norfolk Island map BTNOFK8 2020-2021
Sydney or Brisbane Return

Meet at Sydney or Brisbane airport for your flight to Norfolk Island. On arrival we’ll transfer you to the Governor’s Lodge Resort, set within 12 acres of landscaped subtropical gardens.

Stay: Seven Nights, Norfolk Island, The Governor’s Lodge Resort or similar

Daily :
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, visit Norfolk Island’s key historic areas, including Kingston, Cascade and Longridge. See the famous convict buildings and enjoy fascinating stories. Also admire the Melanesian Chapel. This afternoon half of our group will visit Colleen McCullough's fascinating home and the other half will have free time or experience Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama. Where you’ll walk inside a circular 3D effect painting that blends scenes from the 1789 mutiny on the Bounty. A delicious dinner will be enjoyed tonight. The Island Fish Fry-Up takes place on a private property 'Orn Dar Cliff' with a spectacular coastal backdrop and sunset views.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, learn about Norfolk's brutal convict history on a tour of the Kingston area which houses the old gaol, the cemetery and other ruins. This afternoon visit private gardens on Norfolk Island and meet their owners. This evening, experience a first-hand insight into Norfolk Island Living with a Progressive Dinner visiting family homes.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today you will visit Music Valley. This naturalist garden is a haven for endemic plants such as the bird’s nest fern, and owner Jane Rutledge plants species that honour her Islander heritage. This afternoon, visit a private farm property to discover how they grow seasonal produce, before exploring a home industry farm where you will enjoy afternoon tea. This evening enjoy dinner at the popular Hilli’s Restaurant.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today, we continue our island gourmet discoveries with a visit to a boutique dairy and cheese producer started by brothers Glen and John Christian. Descendants of Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian, Glen and John’s Christian Brothers Cheese Company is produced by a small herd of cows on pristine island pastures. This afternoon, those who have not already visited Colleen McCullough’s fascinating home will have the opportunity, while the rest enjoy free time experience Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, choose one of two ‘breakfast bushwalks’ offering spectacular coastal scenery and the chance to spot endemic plants such as Norfolk Tree Fern and Bastard Oak. After breakfast, visit the Captain Cook Monument, where Cook landed in 1774. Later this afternoon, enjoy exploring Norfolk Island’s Botanic Gardens. This evening enjoy dinner at Hilli’s Restaurant.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, join your Botanical Guide on a visit to the beautiful Queen Victoria Gardens, dedicated to the Queen who gave the island to the Pitcairn Islanders in 1856. Alternatively, have free time to relax and wander around the township of Burnt Pine. This afternoon, take a scenic drive to other interesting places including coastal Ball Bay, Bumbora Beach and Mt Pitt, where you will enjoy wine and cheese with a 360° view of the island.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning after breakfast, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your included flight back to Sydney or Brisbane. 

Daily :
  • Breakfast
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