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A Walk in the Wild – The Amazing Natural History of Norfolk Island

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Agnes Hain, one of Norfolk’s most respected tourism entrepreneurs launched the ‘Walk in the Wild Amazing Natural History of Norfolk Island’ DVD and video 5 years ago. 

We now have a digital record of Norfolk’s ecosystem from the volcanic eruption 3 million years ago through to recent times.  You can learn about the work to save several of our endemic bird species from extinction.  Do you know about the world’s tallest tree fern, how the Providence Petrel saved a settlement, or how the root of the routi tree was distilled to produce alcohol?  Be amazed by the bird without a nest, and the bird that can glide for 10 minutes.  Wonder, (like us), where the Whale bird goes after leaving Norfolk each year – it remains a mystery.  Hear Bubby Evans talk in the Norfolk language about how he supplied the local school with ink from the sap of the bloodwood tree up until the 1940s.

This is sure to become one of those ‘must have’ mementos of a Norfolk visit, with profits from its sale going towards scholarships for young Norfolk Islanders.  


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Bailey's Restaurant ... ph +67 23 24400

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Phone: + 6723 24400

This beautifully restored house is the centrepiece at Governor's Lodge offering georgous surrounds, fine cuisine, Chef's specials and a dining experience to always remember.
What a perfect place to enjoy lunch floating on the original flagstone verandah.  Sip on a glass of wine or a cool beer while we look after your every need.  
Arrive and enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in the bar area, relax and be shown to your table to select from the comprehensive a la carte menu and let your mouth water until the delights arrive, carefully placed by your smiling waiter.  
Open for breakfast 7 days 7.00am - 9.00am 


Happy Hour -5pm- 6pm 

Dinner - 530pm – 8pm

Mon- Tues- Thurs- Friday –
Buffet Night - Sat.

Closed - Sun- Wed

 Bon Appettit!

Menu & Wine List

Bailey Restaurant Menu Bailey Restaurant Menu (357 KB)


Bailey Restaurant Wine List Bailey Restaurant Wine List (185 KB)

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Governor's Lodge Resort ... from AUD $160

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Governor’s Lodge Resort Hotel is comprised of 55 individual units, set in 12 acres of landscaped sub-tropical gardens dotted with majestic Norfolk Pines. The one-bedroom units feature a separate bedroom, living area, kitchenette, bathroom and front deck and each one is equipped with a gas heater, ceiling fans, sofa bed, IDD phone, wireless internet, satellite TV, microwave, hairdryer and ironing facilities. If you fancy treating yourself, book one of the 4 x “Deluxe” luxury units at our Norfolk Island hotel, with a double spa bath, spacious lounge with LCD TV, and fantastic views over the surrounding area.

We are committed to ensuring that all of our guests have a fabulous holiday. Great food, comfortable accommodation and attentive service all go toward making our hotel the best in the area. Whichever of our Norfolk Island accommodation packages you choose, you can look forward to the holiday of a lifetime from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave.

Phone:          (+ 6723) 24400



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Home-bottled grape wine

Thursday, January 16, 2020

This is why I didn't show up for work yesterday. I was cleaning out my wife's grandpa's cellar and found 12 bottles of his home-bottled grape wine under the steps. My wife told me to empty the contents of each and every bottle down the sink, or else. I agreed to do the unpleasant task.

I withdrew the cork form the first bottle and poured the contents down the sink, with the exception of one glass, which I drank. I extracted the cork from the second bottle, did likewise, and drank one glass, just to check the taste to see if the old fellow knew his wine making. He did.

I then opened the third bottle, and poured it, too, down the sink, but not until drinking one full glass to check the purity. It was very good. I did this, also with the fourth bottle. One glass for myself, and the rest down the sink. I pulled the bottle from the cork of the next, and drank one sink out of it and threw the rest down the glass. I pulled the sink out of the next glass and poured the cork from the bottle, then corked the sink with the glass, bottled the drink and drank the pour.

When I had everything emptied, I steadied the house with one hand, counted the bottles, corks, glasses and sinks with the other, which were 29, and as the house came by I counted them again, and finally had all the houses in one bottle, which I drank. I felt so foolish that I couldn't go upstairs and congratulate my wife to tell her what a great winemaker her grandpa was. I will do that after climbing the basement steps the next time they come by.

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Permanent Vacations - Island Life Adventures

Thursday, January 16, 2020

“Permanent Vacations is an adventure tourism business with a strong focus on island lifestyle. This business showcases the adventurous side of Norfolk Island that often goes unseen by the everyday tourist, the side that made us fall in love with this hidden gem of the Pacific. We offer boutique and personalised week packages, or individual half/full day activities that encompass a mixture of sport fishing, remote beach and rock pool excursions, mountain biking, rock jumping and of course - snorkeling in all the beautiful clear waters. Age is no boundary but an adventurous spirit and a willingness to take a step outside your comfort zone is must!”

We also offer a boutique package deal experience tailored to suit your interests – whether it’s non-stop fishing, island trekking, relaxing on secluded beaches or a mixture of all our activities rolled into one. If this is something you think might be right for you, please contact us direct at


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INCREDIBLE! The amazing story of the birth and rebirth of a natural treasure - Phillip Island, South Pacific

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Phillip Island is near Norfolk Island, halfway between Sydney and Fiji. Before feral animals were released on Phillip Island, the island retained its natural sub-tropical vegetation and native fauna. The first disastrous action was release of pigs on the island in 1793. The settlers also introduced goats and rabbits to Phillip Island by 1830. By around 1860 the island had almost no vegetation apart from a few remnant trees. The pigs and goats appear to have died out when inadequate food remained to support them but the rabbits survived, preventing the growth of vegetation and allowing unrestricted erosion to continue. 

This book describes the island’s history and natural history, explaining how geological and geomorphological events helped shape the ecosystem. With a diversity of breeding seabirds and some of the world’s rarest plants, Phillip Island is a real natural treasure. Numerous photographs and maps show the wildlife and the spectacular revegetation. This is a landmark ecological case study and more. 


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The Olive Cafe ... ph +67 23 24406

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Phone: + 6723 24406

The Olive Cafe is located in the Village & is one of the busiest cafes on the island.

Open 7 days from 6.30am - 3pm for breakfast, brunch, lunch, morning & afternoon teas.

Serving campos coffee, delicious meals, cakes, drinks and daily specials.

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Hideaway Retreat … from AU$138 twin share one bedroom or AU$187 4 people 2 bedroom

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Located close to town Hideaway Retreat offers a relaxing holiday experience in secluded grounds with onsite pool, BBQ, tennis court, free parking, and a rental car inclusive of all charges except fuel in tariff quoted.   Host: John & Kim Nobbs

Total self-contained apartments Hideaway Retreat is just minutes to the beach, tour & activity operators, side walk cafes, World Heritage Kingston historic area, golf, walking trails, botanic gardens, and many other highlights of the island.  

With its wide open spaces and orchards Hideaway Retreat presents a calm and tranquil environment for its nine comfortable, spacious one and two bedroom apartments.  

Facilities include plunge pool, tennis court, BBQs, internet access, TV, DVDs, and much more.   Unwind, Relax, Enjoy … Our Island Home … Simply Beautiful

Nowhere on Norfolk is very far from Hideaway Retreat.  

 The choice is yours to revel in Norfolk Island & Hideaway Retreat.

Our team will strive to exceed your expectations by providing an amazing

holiday experience on beautiful Norfolk Island.

Phone:            (+ 6723) 24355
Mobile:           (+ 6723) 52005


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A Cowboy

Thursday, January 09, 2020

A cowboy rode into a windy, dusty, tumble weed strewn Nevada town, reined up outside the saloon, went in and ordered a double bourbon. 

The saloon was full of locals. But what this cowboy did not know was that this town was a haven for thieves and rouges. 

Having finished his drink he exited only to find that his horse had been stolen.

He returned inside to the bar and ordered another double bourbon.

With the speed of greased lightning he drew his gun and sent it spinning into the air above his head, caught it effortlessly without looking up and fired a single shot into the ceiling. 

The saloon fell deathly silent.  He announce to all and sundry that if his horse was not returned in the next three minutes then he would have to do what he had done down there in Texas.  He added, “I really do not want to do what I had had to do down there in Texas, no sir, I do not want to have to do that, no sir, I do not!” 

He finished his drink; checked his gun; then his time piece. 

The three minutes were up

He exited again and there was his horse back where he had left it. 

He mounted up, turned and started to move off when the bartender came running up to him and asked,  “Hey partner tell me, tell me, what was it that you had to do down there in Texas?   What was it that you didn’t want to have to do here?  What was it?  Tell me please.”

The cowboy stared at him with a long withering look and then said- “I had to walk home!”

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Dinner Night with the Mutineers Tour

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Laugh, cheer and sing along with the talented descendants of the famous Mutiny on the Bounty.

As the crew regales you with a night of fun you'll never forget. Savour the culture, music and laughs while you enjoy a delicious two course feast fit for a Mutineer. This new and spectacular tour on Norfolk Island is located in an Island Home where you will be entertained by descendants of the Bounty Mutineers. You will be served a Complimentary drink on arrival and a cash bar is on the property where you can purchase drinks.


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