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Norfolk Island

16 – 23 JANUARY 2023

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ITINERARY
We return to Norfolk Island; beautiful, relaxed, with a fascinating layered history. Gardens are full and flowery. Hospitality is generous. Clear waters are sheltered by coral reefs, teeming with fish. You don’t want to leave!

DAY 1
Monday 16 January 2023
Home to Norfolk Island (L/D)

Check-in at Sydney International Airport for your flight to Norfolk Island. Meet your Ross Tour leader, Graham Ross, at the departure gate. On arrival at Norfolk Island we’ll transfer to our hotel, Governor’s Lodge Resort. A light lunch will be served on arrival. Welcome Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Governor’s Lodge Resort, Norfolk Island

DAY 2
Tuesday 17 January 2023
Discover Norfolk Island (B/L)

Morning ‘round island’ introduction to Norfolk Island. Our guided tour will give us an overview of the complex history of the island. Lunch is included today at one of the island’s best restaurants. Pitcairn Settlers Village this afternoon will show us the proud history of the Pitcairn Island Settlers. Walk through the gracious Bailey homestead and gardens, barn, dairy and out-buildings. The Museum is filled with items of nostalgic and historic interest including the oldest working forge in the Pacific.

Accommodation: Governor’s Lodge Resort, Norfolk Island

DAY 3
Wednesday 18 January 2023
Colleen McCullough’s Garden (B)

World-renowned author, Colleen McCulloch, called Norfolk Island home for almost 36 years. She and her husband, Ric Robinson, created a luxurious hideaway where Colleen wrote some of her most powerful titles including “Tim”, “The Thornbirds” and “Morgan’s Run”. We’ll visit their magnificent home, filled with their priceless collections of artefacts gathered from their travels all over the world. High Tea is next, at Forrester Court, set in a glorious spot overlooking Cascade Bay.

Accommodation: Governor’s Lodge Resort, Norfolk Island

DAY 4
Thursday 19 January 2023
Taste Norfolk (B/L/D)

A relaxed ramble through the National Park this morning to Captain Cook’s Memorial. The famous Norfolk Island Pine is abundant – other endemic species include the Norfolk Island palm, many ferns, a native passionfruit and the Norfolk Island hibiscus. One bird you may hear is the wedge-tailed shearwater, whose ghost-like, moaning calls echo around the island at night. BBQ breakfast is included. Meet passionate local producers: beekeepers, a couple tanning cattle hides, and a salt manufacturing enterprise. A cooking demonstration next of traditional dishes that were handed down by Polynesians. Final stop is ‘The Homestead’, adjacent to the 100 Acre Forest and giant Moreton Bay figs. This working farm embraces the ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy as well as sourcing line-caught fish from the clean wild waters. Dinner will be served here this evening.

Accommodation: Governor’s Lodge Resort, Norfolk Island

DAY 5
Friday 20 January 2023
Homes and Gardens (B/L/D)

Our garden tour today will visit four gardens of Bounty Mutineer Descendants with morning tea included. First stop is a market garden with its own flower garden and orchard. Then an inspirational labour of love garden. Next is a secluded old home surrounded by verdant gardens that are irrigated via a hand dug (convict built) well. Finally, a picturesque garden with amazing views. Lunch is included. This afternoon we go behind the scenes and see some of the many industries that sustain Norfolk’s community. Progressive dinner tonight, a roving three courses served in some lovely homes and a great way to meet the locals. Discover each family’s history and hear all about their day to day life on Norfolk Island. Many of the hosts have surnames like Christian, Adams, Quintel and McCoy, and are the descendants of Bounty Mutineers.

Accommodation: Governor’s Lodge Resort, Norfolk Island

DAY 6
Saturday 21 January 2023
Cruise Emily Bay (B/D)

Free morning. Optional ‘Duty-Free’ shopping in Burnt Pine’s town centre. A cruise this afternoon within the lagoons of Emily and Slaughter Bay. Norfolk Island’s coral reef attracts a diversity of marine life; beautiful coral gardens and colourful fish in crystal clear waters of the lagoon. Dinner tonight is a Sunset Cliff Top Fish Fry. Fresh fish are prepared the local way and accompanied with a feast of island dishes.

Accommodation: Governor’s Lodge Resort, Norfolk Island

DAY 7
Sunday 22 January 2023
Kingston (B/D)

Bounty Folk Museum is our destination this morning, a treasure chest of Norfolk Island history dating back to 1788. Next stop is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kingston. Learn about the first settlers, the Polynesians who came 900 years ago. Kingston and Arthur’s Vale, together, are a living showcase of Polynesian, convict and Pitcairn history. This site contributes to the life, identity and culture of the Norfolk community; picturesque with Georgian buildings and evocative ruins. Farewell Dinner this evening.

Accommodation: Governor’s Lodge Resort, Norfolk Island

DAY 8
Monday 23 January 2023
Norfolk Island to Home (B)

Morning visit to Cyclorama, a panoramic 360 degree painting, that brings to life the history of Norfolk and the famous Mutiny on the Bounty. Transfer to the airport for our homeward flight.

HOW TO BOOK

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CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations received 180-120 days prior to departure will incur loss of deposit.
Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Cancellations received between 59-30 days prior to departure will incur a 75% cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable costs incurred.
Cancellations received within 30 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee.
Cancellations must be sent in writing.
Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, and all other travel arrangements.
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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
GRAHAM ROSS
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Deluxe accommodation for 7 nights with breakfast daily
  • 4 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Pitcairn Settlers Village Tours, Colleen McCullough Tour, High Tea at Forrester Court, Breakfast Bush Walk, Progressive Dinner, Glass Bottom Boat, Island Fish Fry, Bounty Folk Museum, Convict Kingston Tour and Cyclorama.
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share per person land only $3,995
Twin Share per person including air $4,795
Single Supplement $595

All prices in Australian dollars
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers
Price is based on departure

DISCOUNTS

Early Bird $150.00 (Book & pay in full by 16 October 2022)
Previous Traveller $100
Garden Clinic Member $50

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