If any place on Earth has the right to be called paradise, Norfolk Island is that place. Located in the middle of the South Pacific, a lonely spot in a million square miles of the wild ocean, this island is home to one of the most isolated communities on Earth. It is located some 1,600 km northeast of Sydney, halfway between New Caledonia and New Zealand.

Norfolk Island was selected as an ideal penal colony thanks to its remoteness and economic potential. The first settlers arrived in 1788 and began building a prison and other city facilities. The jail and several other buildings remain today and are often said to be the best examples of all of Australia’s convict sites, so much so that it has earned UNESCO World Heritage status. Kingston, located in Slaughter Bay, is the main city of the island. Many of its buildings have been restored and now house museums and galleries documenting Norfolk Island’s historical past. A couple of history tours to feast on are the Convict Settlement Tour, where you will walk through the cemetery and hear the story of interesting convicts and colonial headstones, hear stories about the houses along Quality Row, and walk through the Gaol ruins or Night as a Convict where you can dress like a convict and join the Commander for a night of joy, feasting, singing and dancing.

Norfolk Island is famous for its pine trees and this symbol is also the feature on the territory’s flag. Norfolk Island is home to more than 170 native plants and is a breeding ground for various types of seabirds. Despite its colonial history, not all of Norfolk’s ancestors are English, in fact, some were Polynesian, and this influence is still strong in local cuisine and hula dance today.

Excellent seafood in Norfolk

Food is excellent in Norfolk as well, and along with fresh seafood, you can get plenty of delicious food as the island specializes in seasonal farm-to-table produce. The island is covered in grazing cows, lamb and dairy products come from New Zealand, and Norfolk has many specialty offerings, including delicious dishes from Hilli Goat Farm and its own boutique winery. Surprisingly, alcohol is very affordable and if you produce your boarding pass the local bottle store will give you a 30% discount on your purchases!

Norfolk Island has its own golf course, complete with the heritage clubhouse that is open for meals, even if you are not playing golf. It has an excellent position with beautiful views and is popular with locals and visitors alike.

Norfolk is a fantastic destination for a vacation, be it a weekend or a whole fortnight. There are miles and miles of clean, safe and sandy beaches for you to enjoy, the bright lights and traditional seaside fun of the likes of Great Yarmouth, beautiful towns, the beautiful surrounding scenery where you can get back to nature and relax, high quality and exciting family attractions galore and the glorious Norfolk Broads, not to mention the historic city of Norfolk.

For that traditional seaside vacation vibe, why not visit the charming town of Great Yarmouth or maybe Cromer where you can get fish and chips, play in the game rooms, stroll along the pier, enjoy some entertainment with your family, experience the hustle and bustle of a traditional coastal city and breathe in the sea air. If you’re a thrill seeker, you might even experience the ups and downs of the UK’s oldest wooden roller coaster at Great Yarmouth.

Norfolk has impressive open countryside and miles of glorious coastal walks, taking you to secluded beaches, small country towns with traditional pubs and teahouses, nature reserves, and historic landmarks. Happily, she could spend hours walking and exploring the area, with her children or her dog and not seeing another soul. Many holiday parks accept pets in your accommodation, so you don’t need to leave your family’s best friends at home. Be sure to also see the stunning Norfolk Coast sand dunes, a great picnic place.

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