Norfolk Island – part 1

Watawieh (hello)

Norfolk Island was the next stop… I was looking forward to visiting a part of Australia rich in history and beauty. There is old saying for Norfolk Island… it’s for newly weds and nearly deads… and who ever started it, wasn’t wrong.

The language spoken on Norfolk Island is English, but you’ll hear the Islanders speaking Norfolk, a unique language derived from the speech of the Bounty Mutineers and their Tahitian wives and companions who settled Pitcairn Island in 1790. Norfolk has approximately 1,600 citizens with roughly equal numbers of Pitcairn descendants, Australians and New Zealanders.

Located  29.03º south and longitude 167.95º east, set on 3455 hectares, Norfolk Island is South Pacific paradise, abundant with stories, activity and character.
A sub tropical island, Norfolk Island moves to a unique cadence, a steady soothing rhythm that’s neither fast nor slow, but is in sync with the natural order of life.
With 360° of variety, and only a 2.5hr flight from Australia or 90 minutes from New Zealand, Norfolk Island is the quiet achiever of the South Pacific, unforgettable once found.

Norfolk Island is the perfect escape from a demanding world. The delightful switch to “Norfolk Time” allows the internal clock to release the passing of each hour, and frees the mind from expectation.

Would I go back to Norfolk Island? Absolutely. Norfolk Island is the best place to down tools and escape the “rat race”.

Don’t expect to have good mobile phone coverage on the Island, there are a few wifi hot-spots and most hotels/apartments have wifi as well. Television can be a mix of news from Sydney and Melbourne, with advertisements from Alice Springs, Mount Isa, rural NSW and South Australia. There is a local TV and radio station, which can be rather interesting.

There are a smattering of cafe’s, a bowl’s club, a “rugby leagues” club, one round-about, four street lights (bring a torch), one bottle shop, two petrol stations to name a few of the amenities.

Finally, it has to be the only place within Australia, that gives cows the right of way. Yes there are a lot of cows that roam free (for a small fee to the farmer).