Sorrel is back to show us more of Norfolk, and in particular, a great place to take your
Sorrel Wilby recently showed Getaway viewers around Norfolk Island, her new home. It took her just one visit for her and her family to decide to relocate. This week Sorrel shows us more of Norfolk, and in particular, a great place to take your family.
Most of the island's income is derived from tourism, and there are almost as many tourist beds as resident beds. Even though Norfolk is only eight kilomentres long and five kilometres wide, there are plenty of options for every taste and pocket. Hotels, motels and b&bs are there to choose from.
Traditional style homesteads are large, have loads of character and are usually set of sprawling land.
Tintoela "sweetheart" in Norfolk-speak sits on a secluded two hectare site and has views of Cockpit Valley, the Pacific Ocean with extensive landscaping and is just three minutes from the centre of town!
There is a homestead and two cottages crafted by descendent of the Bounty mutineers, Hunky Evans. He has moved to Canada and the place is now a tourist property.
The main homestead has six bedrooms and four bathrooms, verandahs and patios of convict stone for outdoor living. Each of the three floors has a lounge/sitting room and bathroom. The main rooms include a country-style kitchen, separate dining room, sitting room, study and laundry. There is plenty of space for privacy and is comfortable for groups of four to six, but can accommodate up to 10 quite easily.
One cottage has luxury accommodation for up to four and the one bedroom cottage is just right for one or two people.
All amenities are included even a picnic basket, beach towels, children's furnishing and play equipment.
Another excellent option is Shearwater Villas. Like almost everything on Norfolk, it has views to take your breath away. Five villas are on top of cliffs which overlook Creswell Bay and Kingston. They are hexagonal and lots of local timber has been used in their construction. The Kingston convict ruins can be seen from the property.
Two of the villas have two bedrooms and three have one and are set amongst trees. All enjoy gardens of native flowers and a spa with the house rules being that it can only used by one villa's residents at a time.
There is a private track leading to the beach, one bedroom villas have balconies with gas barbecue and the larger villas have a private lawn area each.
1600km east of the Australian coast
Tintoela Homestead costs $280 for the first two people and cottages cost $250 a night.
Shearwater Scenic Villas start at $240 a couple a night.
Qantas flies three times a week to Norfolk on codeshare services with Norfolk Jet starting at $618 from Brisbane, $709 from Sydney, $985 from Melbourne, $1099 from Adelaide, $1349 from Perth and $1483 from Darwin, per person. Prices include charges/taxes and are current at time of writing but may vary at time of booking. Seasonal surcharges and conditions apply.
Box 510 Norfolk Island
Ph/fax: 0011 6723 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shearwater Scenic Villas
Box 479 Norfolk Island
Ph: 0011 6723 22539
Fax: 0011 6723 email@example.com
Qantas: 13 13 13