Norfolk Island History & Gardens

One of Australia’s most popular gardening media personalities will host this special Botanica 20th anniversary celebratory tour to Norfolk Island. Explore Norfolk Island’s gardens, landscapes, history and culture.


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8 Days from $4,995* per person

Sydney Return

Inclusions:

  • 8 days in a small group with expert Botanical Guide
  • Return economy flights from Sydney
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 15 meals
  • Travel in a comfortable coach and airport transfers on first and last day
  • Visit Norfolk Island's Private Gardens and meet the owners
  • 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

Trip code: BTNOFK8

Travel dates: 12 Apr, 10 May, 11 & 19 Oct 2021

 

 




Itinerary

Day 1: Sydney to Norfolk Island

Meet at Sydney airport for your flight to Norfolk Island. 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.

Meals: Dinner


Day 2: Norfolk Island Tour & Private Gardens

Today, set off on a guided tour where you will be introduced to Norfolk’s fascinating history. This afternoon we’ll visit a local nursery and a number of private gardens including the wonderful ‘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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 3: Cyclorama & Convict Tour

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. 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 backdrop and sunset views.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 4: Breakfast Bushwalk & Progressive Dinner

This morning we have two ‘breakfast bushwalks’ 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. The rest of the day is free to relax. This evening’s ‘Progressive Dinner’ takes part in three different private island homes. Enjoy getting to know your local hosts and hearing their Norfolk Island stories.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: ‘Behind The Hedges’ & Farm & Industry Tours

Today we’ll take a look at Norfolk Island’s flourishing cottage industry scene. 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 largerscale enterprises that, along with tourism, sustain the island’s economy.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Day 6: Christian Brothers Cheese Tour & Convict Dinner

Today we’ll visit a boutique dairy and cheese producer started by brothers Glen and John Christian. This evening’s Convict Dinner is sure to be a highlight! Guests will be invited to dress in convict outfits and enjoy a delicious carvery meal

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 7: Ball Bay, Crystal Pool & Mt Pitt

Maybe spend this morning relaxing at your resort or perhaps set off on more botanical discoveries with your Botanical Guide. This afternoon, explore Ball Bay, Crystal Pool and Mt Pitt, where you will enjoy wine and cheese with a view

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 8: Depart Norfolk Island, Arrive Sydney

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

Meals: Breakfast

 


*Terms and Conditions: Valid for new bookings only. Valid for travel on dates specified. Prices, offers and inclusions are strictly subject to availability and can change at any time, without notice. Booking, payment and cancellation conditions apply. Contact your travel agent for full details. SUPPLIER: Botanica (APT)