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Warm Winter Getaway at Norfolk Island

Take everything that is winter in Australia and reverse it. That is what’s on offer at Norfolk Island.

It gets dark early in Australia; not on Norfolk Island. The waters are clear, the air is fresh and the people are friendly, celebrating all that is good about the South Pacific.

The skies of Norfolk Island are awash with starlight and as clear as the best of them for the most part of the year. It is, after all, one of the advantages of a small island in the year-round subtropical climate: the temperatures don’t vary that much.

The longer days provide ample opportunity to fit so much into your day. Marvel at the spectacular scenery, take a coastal or forest walk in the National Parks and public reserves you may even site the rare green parrot, visit the museums that depict the many layers of the island’s history, explore the World Heritage listed convict settlement, art galleries, weekly markets and boutique shops.

Norfolk Island boasts twp attractions not to be missed are the Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama and the historical St Barnabas chapel, both recently voted on Trip Advisors Travellers Choice awards.

The many cafes and restaurants offer the real paddock to plate experience with over 30 eateries all embracing the local bounty of fresh organic produce and seasonal signature dishes. Try the local blue beef, freshly caught fish, local cheeses, honey and delicious traditional dessert pies. Some favourites we’ve mentioned below.

Bedrock Cafe Norfolk Island, THE F

Bedrock Cafe

Located a casual 10 minutes out of Kingston, the Bedrock Cafe is a casually refined hilltop-perched restaurant that offers cheese platters, wine, pamper packages and seafood meals plus a huge spread of more.

On Bullocks Hut Road, 2899, Norfolk Island, it’s an obvious choice.

Hilli Restaurant Norfolk Island

Hilli Restaurant & Cafe

Hilli has been operating since 2001 and since then has established itself as one of Norfolk Island’s must-visit destinations for quality food and hospitality.


The quality of Hilli Restaurant & Cafe’s menu is sublime, offering quality modern Australian fare, which is great for a wide range of tastes. It’s the only restaurant on Norfolk Island that is open from 10am.

Located on Queen Elizabeth Avenue, the Hilli Restaurant is definitely worth a visit.

Mariah's Restaurant, Norfolk Island

Mariah’s Restaurant

A part of the Heritage Hill establishment, Mariah’s Restaurant is nestled right in the thick of beauty and fine Norfolk Island surrounds. It’s listed on the World Heritage list and overlooks Phillip Island and the southern ocean.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served indoors, on the verandah or around the pool in varying styles depending upon the season.

Located on Taylors Road, it’s a short drive from town.

Two Chimneys Winery, Norfolk Island

Two Chimneys Winery

Norfolk Island’s first and only winery, the Two Chimneys name is synonymous with fine dining. A small family-run operation from 2002, the boutique vineyard enjoys a soft maritime climate and brings a quality modern inspired wines to its customers.

The vineyard consists of five varietals,  chardonnay, semillion, merlot, chambourcin and the property is part of the original grant of land following the arrival of the Pitcairners in 1856.

Located on Two Chimney’s Road, it makes sense.


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