The only thing that will drag your eyes away from the views on a picnic in paradise will be the taste of the home-grown Norfolk Island food.
Norfolk Island is full of wonderful picnic spots where you can relax on thick, green grass while you gaze over the ocean or sit comfortably at picnic tables.
Madeline Ponti is a local who knows all the best spots, but she is happy to share her tips and send you off on your way with one of her Picnic in Paradise hampers made with the freshest local produce.
Here are five top picnic spots to enjoy. On the day, just remember to pick your spot according to the wind direction so you are sheltered and comfortable.
Mount Pitt Lookout
The steep road to the top of Mount Pitt takes you to a small picnic area where the 360-degree view shows you the whole island. There’s a table (if someone is not standing on it) and plenty of grassy areas to relax in.
The drive to Anson Bay takes you on a bumpy road but the views from the long cliff top stretch are definitely worth it. Puppies Point is a must for a sunset picnic in paradise.
Captain Cook Monument
Marking the landing point of Captain James Cook, this spot affords a memorable view. There’s a large grassed space with tables or wander down to the boardwalk and picnic there. It is worth allowing extra time to complete the bridle track coast walk.
Under the pine trees at Emily Bay is a spot where you can while away many hours. Take an ocean dip, check out the coral, climb over the rocks or just relax. It’s all there.
Two Chimney Reserve
Just past Two Chimneys Winery is a little spot that offers ocean glimpses amongst the verdant greenery. There are some picnic tables here, and plenty of space to lay out your blanket. A small walk down a steep hill will take you to a lookout to Ball Bay.
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Air New Zealand flies from Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland to Norfolk Island.
Where to stay on Norfolk Island
Featuring cosy 1-bedroom garden suites, as well as a 2-bedroom villa and large 3-bedroom home, Aartaren Norfolk Island Villas offers comfortable accommodation for couples and families alike.
Free airport transfers on arrival and departure are included, and car rental is available from only $25 per day with Aataren Norfolk Islands Villas direct.
Norfolk Island Travel Tips
- Documentation – Visitors must pass through Customs and Immigration and a passport is required for entry.
- Getting around – Car rental hire is available; however, many hotels provide guests with cars as part of their guest package. Taxi service is available as are push bike rentals. Guided island tours are another option.
- Time difference – Norfolk Island is one hour ahead of Australian Eastern Standard Time. Daylights Savings is not observed on Norfolk Island.
- Climate – Summer highs can climb to 28 degrees, with winter temperatures ranging between 12 and 20 degrees.
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