Hardys Wine Pro-Am Golf Classic Norfolk Island 2020

Thursday, October 10, 2019


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Belinda Biggs Painting Holiday 2019

Thursday, October 10, 2019


This week the Norfolk Island Travel Centre has again welcomed Belinda Biggs and an enthusiastic group of artists to the island for her annual ‘Belinda Biggs Norfolk Island Painting Holiday’. Inspired by the Island’s natural beauty Belinda has again shared her love of Norfolk with her students who have enjoyed exploring the island, painting and drawing the stunning scenery and flora & fauna with Watercolours, Coloured Pencils, Pen & Wash, Graphite or Pastels.


This year Belinda’s booked out group consisted of 12 painters and also some non-painters.  They’ve had a busy week of painting, dining, and touring while staying at Aloha Apartments. In between painting workshops in picturesque placements around Norfolk, the group managed to also enjoy some sightseeing, local shopping and general relaxation.


Belinda is a leading Australian botanical artist, internationally recognised for her wildlife and botanical art and also well known and awarded in other genre painting and drawing work. Her painting NSW Waratah exhibited in the prestigious ‘Focus on Nature XIII’ at the New York State Museum was acquired for their permanent collection, and she was subsequently invited to submit another work for their next exhibition.  In addition Belinda has been included in the German publication, ‘Who’s Who in Visual Arts – 50 Masters of Realistic Imagery’! As an artist she is passionate about Norfolk; “I just love it, everywhere you look there is something to be painted”.


We wish Belinda and her group all the best in their future artistic endeavours and look forward to welcoming Belinda back with another keen group of artists in the future.

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Garden Week & A&H show

Thursday, October 03, 2019


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St George’s School Conservation Project

Thursday, October 03, 2019


This week Norfolk Island hosted a group of volunteer students on a conservation excursion. The girls from St George Girls High School, along with teachers Diane Duffy, Krystina Macready & Tina Whitehead, have spent the week working with the Norfolk Island National Parks, and local landowners to educate the students on looking at island sustainability through social, cultural, economic, political and environmental lenses.

After arriving the group were welcomed before checking in to Hibiscus Crown Apartments, their first evening was filled with an island familiarisation tour with Marg Christan and dinner at the Bowling Club. The rest of the week the ladies were involved in Conservation Projects with Norfolk Island National Parks, potting many native plants as well as a clean-up on beautiful Anson Bay and Cemetery Beach.


Working with the Norfolk Island National Park team, students took part in restoration projects to protect critically endangered ecosystems. Students were taught that Norfolk Island is a biodiversity hotspot with endemic plant species being rescued from extinction. Students also enjoyed helping Mervyn Buffett with regeneration work in his ‘fairy glen’ pocket of land, filled with plants of high conservation value.

Visiting the Bureau of Meteorology gave the students an in-depth experience of weather science and how forecasts are made using aligned data gathered from around the world to inform all aspects of human life. Students even visited the Waste Management Centre, attending a tour of the facility from PJ Wilson showed the students how Norfolk values recycling and sustainability.


After invitation, the group of students attended the Norfolk Island People for Democracy (NIPD) to learn about the complex relationship Norfolk Islanders have had with Australian Governance and laws over the years and their ongoing plight to maintain self-determination and cultural identity in a world of increasing globalisation. The students were shown around places of cultural and historical significance to piece together the disconnected settlements of Norfolk Island and how the island has come to be the place it is today.


During one of the evenings the students were treated to a live performance at the Norfolk Island Theatre Festival. A social game of netball with a local team of similar aged school students was enjoyed followed by an evening of wood fired pizzas at the Castaway Hotel. 


As we say goodbye to these conservation students, from everyone at the Norfolk Island Travel Centre we wish all the students and St George Girls High School a wonderful trip and a safe journey home. We say thank you for the good environmental work you have undertaken for our Island and also genuinely connecting with our community and way of life. We hope to see you back on island again one day soon. The future is in good hands with these young adults.

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Bring your Group to Norfolk Island

Friday, September 20, 2019


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Spring Ukulele Festival

Friday, September 20, 2019


The Norfolk Island Travel Centre was thrilled this week to welcome 44 visiting ukulele players travelling to Norfolk to participate in the Spring Norfolk Island Ukulele Festival. Their hosts the Norfolk Island Uke Band led by Don Reynolds have presented a week of playing, learning and performing mixed together with terrific meals, socialising and activities.


We hope that playing uke’s at places such as the Sunday markets, beside the sparkling waters at Emily Bay, at Kingston’s Old Government House site, during the Yuukalieli Showcase at Seventh Day Adventist Hall, and during workshops at Tampali have been not only entertaining but inspiring.  


The cultural mix of this Festival is fantastic. Aussies, Kiwi’s and Norfolk Islanders have all exchanged music, cultural traditions, languages, singing and dancing this week. It’s hard to think of a more enjoyable holiday than attending a Norfolk Island Ukulele Festival! We wish all the players a safe trip home and hope to see you back, with your uke, on Norfolk Island again one day soon.

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Southern Lightscapes Photography Tour with Ian Rolfe

Friday, September 20, 2019


Travel experiences truly come into their own when you have a camera in your hands and you can actually capture the essence of the fantastic locations you visit. A lucky group of aspiring photographer’s learnt how to encapsulate the best of Norfolk Island from the best this week on Ian Rolfe’s annual Southern Lightscapes Photography Tour.


Together with the Norfolk Island Travel Centre, Ian has been bringing groups to Norfolk for many years - as he says “I absolutely love Norfolk Island, and it’s assuredly my favourite South Pacific destination”. It’s always wonderful to welcome back Ian Rolfe to Norfolk Island and with this being his 17th trip to the Island, he is not only a wonderful friend to the Island but also knows the greatest places to follow the sun and stars around the island to get that perfect shot. Most days the group have captured first morning light, afternoon shadows and dusky evenings as a backdrop to dramatic seascapes, rolling valleys, historic buildings, our fauna and flora. Photos taken during these some thirty sessions have then been worked on in the evenings over workshops on editing and constructive feedback from Ian. In between taking photos the group has also enjoyed a number of tours including the Half Day Island Tour, Progressive Diner, and a photoshoot with locally produced lunch at the Hilli Goat Farm.


Members of the group commented on their early morning shoot at Cemetery Bay that they learn so much from shooting with such an experienced photographer who ‘knows the land’. There are bound to be some very impressive photos of Norfolk Island being taken home by each person in this group.


Copies of Ian’s personally signed book ‘Norfolk Island Ian Rolfe Photography’ are available at the Norfolk Island Travel Centre office opposite the RSL and sell for $59. They are a beautiful coffee table book and an excellent present for friends and family both on and off-Island. Please call in to view a copy.


From Karen and the Norfolk Island Travel Centre team, we say it’s been wonderful to welcome you back Ian and we wish you and your group and safe journey home and look forward to welcoming you back again one day soon.

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Exploring Norfolk Island with Adam Woodhams

Friday, September 20, 2019


Adam Woodhams in conjunction with Norfolk Island Travel Centre warmly welcomed a group of 18 visitors for a week’s holiday on Norfolk Island. Adam is a garden writer and photographer, radio presenter and video presenter. Adam first travelled to Norfolk Island over five years ago covering a story for Gardening Australia magazine and instantly recognised the Island as the very special home of a welcoming and gracious people, a place overflowing with natural beauty, rich with history, awash with wonderful food and a diversity of dining. He was also taken by the way the Island presents as an inspirational showcase of sustainability and environmental techniques. Adam has been an enthusiastic ‘ambassador’ for Norfolk Island ever since!


The group embarked on an itinerary that Adam personally designed to showcase his favourite aspects of the Island through many tours, foodie eateries and garden haunts. To kick start the week the group attended a Scenic BBQ Dinner with Adam, the next day the half-day Island tour provided a great overview and orientation to the island and tours to come. These included a Dinner with Adam at Hilli Restaurant, Norfolk Island History Tour, Dinner with Adam at Castaway Hotel, Morning with Jane at Music Valley, Lunch at The Golden Orb Café, High Tea Luncheon at Forrester Court, Gourmet Delights, Picnic Lunch at The Botanical Gardens, Hilli Goat Tour – The Norfolk Whey (incl. Lunch) and a 2-course Farewell Dinner at Dino’s Restaurant.


On behalf of Norfolk Island Travel Centre we hope Adam and all his escorted tour members have had a wonderful Norfolk Island holiday.  We look forward to welcoming you back again one day soon.

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Bounty Day 2020

Friday, September 13, 2019


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A Red Hatters Gathering Not To Be Missed

Friday, September 13, 2019


Her Royal Highness Queenalee Rosalie Radiant Rose of Divinity, and her ‘Bounty Babes’ are back and ready to host with a new and improved schedule of events! You and your Red Hatters Chapter are invited to attend the 11th Official Red Hatters Gathering on Norfolk Island in July 2020.

Enjoy a fabulous week full of activities, eating and antics with a schedule beginning with a daily fully cooked breakfast at the favourite Paradise Hotel and Resort. All sorts of additional activities are included in the Red Hatter Registration as listed on the Norfolk Island Travel Centre website. Remember that if you book your Holiday Package through the Norfolk Island Travel Centre you’ll receive $50 off the Registration price.


Over the years the annual Gathering of Red Hatters brings quite a unique sense of fun and madness to this Island. There’s something about seeing a group of women dressed in purple, wearing red hats and great bling, socialising, touring about and clearly having a fabulous holiday together, that just makes you smile.


So pack your most decorative headdress and join us for a red and purple holiday of a lifetime with like-minded fun-loving friends from across Australia. We know you’ll just love it! All that you need to do is reserve your place by contacting Christan via email at christan@travelcentre.nf or on freephone 1800 1400 66 for an information pack with the holiday package details.


P.S.        Special Bonus: Encourage others from your chapter to travel! Get together a group of 9 full paying people from your chapter and the 10th person receives free accommodation and free daily breakfast!! This offer applies to all small group bookings received by Norfolk Island Travel Centre. Airfare charges apply. Share this as a saving across your group or allocate the free accommodation/prepaid breakfast to a group organiser, contact Norfolk Island Travel Centre for more details.

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