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Botanica

Norfolk Island History & Gardens

Sydney Return

Trip Code: BTNOFK8
8 Days
15 Meals
2020

Trip Highlights

Norfolk's Fascinating History

Learn about the history of Norfolk Island from your local guide.

Guided by Judy Horton

Visit private and public gardens with Botanical Guide Judy Horton.

Rare and Endangered Plants

See rare and endangered plants and spectacular natural scenery. Also visit private gardens of some of Norfolk Island’s residents.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • Return economy flights from Sydney
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Services of a Botanical Guide
  • All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
  • Travel in a small group in a luxury vehicle
  • Airport transfers on first & last day
  • 15 Meals – 7 Breakfasts, 2 lunches and 6 Dinners

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Group size 15-25 guests
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Prices are for land and flights as specified only
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Sydney Return

Meet at Sydney airport for your flight to Norfolk Island. With a population of less than 2,000 people this relaxed Pacific island has a mild subtropical climate and 174 plant species, of which 51 are endemic, including the iconic Norfolk Island Pine. Your Botanical Guide will be on hand throughout your stay to share their wealth of plant knowledge. Upon arrival be transferred to the Governor’s Lodge Resort which is set within 12 acres of gardens.

Stay: 7 Nights: The Governor’s Lodge Resort

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This morning after breakfast we will set off on a guided tour where you will be introduced to Norfolk’s fascinating history as well as seeing island life as it is today. This afternoon is reserved for a special garden-themed excursion which includes a visit to the local nursery and a number of private gardens including the wonderful ‘Music Valley’. This naturalist garden is a haven for rare and endemic Norfolk plants such as the bird’s nest fern, and owner, Jane Rutledge, purposely plants species that honour her Polynesian and Pitcairn Islander heritage, and which are used in practices such as weaving and cooking.

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This morning we will experience Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama where visitors walk inside a circular 3D effect painting and are surrounded by the immense artwork that blends a series of lifelike scenes from the famous 1789 mutiny on the Bounty. Music and sound effects composed especially for the painting further enhance the Cyclorama experience. Afterwards we will learn about Norfolk’s brutal convict history on a tour of the Kingston area which houses the old gaol, the cemetery and other ruins. A delicious dinner will be enjoyed tonight. The Island Fish Fry-Up takes place on an exclusive private property ‘Orn Dar Cliff’ with a spectacular coastal back-drop and sunset views.

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This morning we have two lovely walks to choose from. Both offer spectacular coastal scenery and the chance to spot endemic plants such as Norfolk Tree Fern, Phillip Island Hibiscus, Two Frond Fern and Bastard Oak. Choose the walk that suits your fitness level or you are welcome to simply join the group for a delicious breakfast afterwards. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy your resort and its surroundings. This evening you will be invited to a special ‘Progressive Dinner’ which takes part in three different private island homes. Enjoy getting to know your local hosts and hearing their Norfolk Island stories.

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Discover Norfolk Island’s flourishing cottage industry scene on this morning’s ‘Behind the Hedges’ tour. Visit a pottery and have the chance to buy some locally made pieces as well as a chocolatier to learn about chocolate making. This afternoon we’ll visit some larger-scale enterprises that, along with tourism, sustain the island’s economy. Visit sheep and pig farms, market gardens, soft drink and liquor manufacturers, aquaponic gardening and kentia palm seedling exporters.

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Today we’ll visit a boutique dairy and cheese producer started by brothers Glen and John Christian. Their cheese is known as ‘Mootineers’ in a nod to their famous heritage. Meet the cows, try the milking machine and also see their beehives and taste the honey. The tour includes a cheese and wine tasting at Glen’s house with scenic ocean and valley views. This evening’s Convict Dinner is sure to be a memorable highlight! Guests will be invited to dress in convict outfits and enjoy a delicious three-course carvery meal with lots of singing, dancing and general merry-making.

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Maybe spend this morning relaxing at your resort or perhaps set off on more botanical and historical discoveries with your Botanical Guide. This afternoon we’ll visit some local properties where we’ll learn more about the Norfolk cultural traditions including woodwork, cooking, weaving and the local language.

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

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Would not hesitate to recommend Botanica and we are already looking into our next adventure.