Norfolk Island is one of Australia's most popular Island destinations. The history of this delightful place is part of the story of modern Australia. Norfolk Island started as a penal colony and was the most feared destination for the original convicts who inhabited it. The ruins of the original colony stand today as testament to the hardships that were endured by those poor souls. Norfolk is also home to many of the descendants of the families involved in the mutiny on the bounty and the local phone book is full of Christians, Quintals and the like. This early history has shaped the Island into a unique culture not found anywhere else in the world.
Norfolk Island is now an external territory under the authority of Australia. The island uses Australian currency but has its own legislature, police force, customs and immigration. There is no stress, traffic problems, unemployment, income tax, GST or snakes. Norfolk offers an enticing mix of old world charm, spectacular scenery and the chance to indulge in tax free shopping. The island enjoys a wonderful climate with the summer average being 26 degrees and the winter average 21 degrees.
Australian citizens require a valid passport. New Zealand passport holders or people permitted via free entry into Australia or New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Norfolk Island. Departure fee is aud$30 which is payable at Norfolk Airport on the day of departure. Children under 16 years are exempt.
Many people visit Norfolk Island for its duty free shopping. There are more than seventy tax free shops and you can expect to save between 20% AND 50%. Some of the most popular purchases include perfumes, cosmetics, clothing, accessories, footwear, sporting goods, electronics and cameras. There are thirty five restaurants and cafes on Norfolk. Twenty quality restaurants offer the best in in a-la-carte dining and many provide spectacular views or are located in tranquil settings. There is also a plethora of historic sights and museums on Norfolk preserving the history of the original convict settlement at Kingston. You will find any number of day tours available to show you around the beauty and history of Norfolk Island.
Australian island resort information is available in this website and you will find information on Norfolk Island accommodation, holiday packages and holiday specials. Don't hesitate to call our Australian freecall number 1800 815 378 and speak to one of our helpful consultants.