Lying 1500 kilometres due east of Australia’s Byron Bay and 1100 kilometres from Auckland, Norfolk Island is an external territory of Australia.
Norfolk Island’s climate is subtropical, temperatures up to 28C in the summer, no frosts and very mild winters.
The island was first discovered by Captain Cook in 1774. It was settled as a penal colony in 1788, going to to become a notorious convict settlement in the early 1800’s. In 1856 the descendants of the Bounty mutineers arrived to settled on Norfolk. It is their descendants that live here today, along with Australians, New Zealanders, and many other peoples from around the world.
The island is 8 kilometres by 5 kilometres with an area of 3,327 hectares made up of approximately 1740 freehold land portions, 212 leasehold portions or thereabouts, 712 hectares of Reserves and Commons and 148 hectares or thereabouts set aside for special use.
The island enjoys an extremely pleasant, sub-tropical climate. Never blazingly hot and rarely cold, average morning temperatures range from 22 degrees C in February to 16 degrees C in the winter months. The annual mean rainfall is 1328 mm.
Visitors to Norfolk must either have a passport or obtain a Document of Identity from the passport authority in order to travel to Norfolk Island. Australians may not need a passport, just a current drivers license, however it is highly recommended to travel on a passport if possible. It will ensure you a quicker check in time, and less complications if your plane is diverted (after all, it is an international flight).
Norfolk Island Airlines flies twice a week from Brisbane. Click to make a booking
Air New Zealand flies four days a week into Norfolk Island from Australia, with services ex Sydney Monday and Friday and ex Brisbane Tuesday and Saturday. Click to make a booking
Flight times (average)
Brisbane to Norfolk Island 2 hrs
Sydney to Norfolk Island 2.5 hrs