Norfolk Island is a quaint - almost quirky – forgotten corner of Australia. 

And that’s a huge part of its appeal.

I went back recently, after not having visited for over a decade. It was a sweet reminder of how naturally beautiful Norfolk is. 

Not a lot has changed and, in today’s world, that can be pretty appealing.

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Thinking about trying something different in the upcoming Summer school holidays? Then plan an adventure on Norfolk Island.

Home of the descendants of the Bounty mutiny and filled with fascinating stories of convict times and great for all ages, this special island is an ideal destination for the whole family.

The island has a beautiful sub-tropical lagoon filled with corals and rock fish, complete with an anchored raft that is a magnet for children and the young at heart. It is a snorkelling paradise and the calm turquoise waters are perfect for longboarding, paddling and kayaking.

You can hire a tandem push bike and share the fun, plus a play park, skate ramp, mini-golf, surfing beaches and picturesque walking trails through reserves and the national park.
The Botanical Gardens on the outskirts of the park has just opened a new Discovery centre with interactive displays and a live video stream from neighbouring bird rookery, Phillip Island.

Norfolk Island has countless tours to choose from but a favourite with most children is the Pitcairn Settlers Village with its working forge and Model T truck. Finding the centre of the bamboozling hedge maze at Strawberry Fields is another attraction that rates highly with the junior visitors.
And what is a holiday without ice cream, chocolate and toys? There are three ice cream shops to choose from, plus a specialty sweets and chocolate shop and two huge toy shops with the biggest range of Lego in the southern hemisphere!

The good news is that Norfolk Island is a family-friendly destination, with restaurants and cafes welcoming children and offering sumptuous and healthy kids’ meals while parents enjoy fresh seasonal produce prepared with flair, in generous servings. And, every scenic spot around the island, and there are many, is equipped with barbeques and picnic tables, so there is an abundance of choice for each day of adventure.

A number of accommodation properties feature on-site pools and tour companies offer reduced rates for children.
There really is so much to see, do and enjoy on Norfolk Island for all the family.

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Norfolk Island hosted its inaugural international outrigger festival in January 2015 and, following on from this tear away success, the next Norfolk Ocean Challenge, NOC the Rock, will take place from 17- 21 January 2016.

This year, conditions varied from challenging to ideal, providing a fantastic experience for every paddler. From the colourful and moving opening ceremony in world heritage listed Kingston, with descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Polynesian brides welcoming everyone in their unique native tongue, to the final party night, Norfolk Island was truly bewitching.
An island of just 5kms by 8kms, this is the perfect setting for competitors and spectators. The cliff tops that hem the shoreline provide superb vantage points for observers. The two offshore islands are positioned ideally for shorter events and the lagoon, Emily Bay, is a dreamy home base and playground. The 26km round-island iron marathon event is gruelling, but amazingly picturesque as competitors pass the magnificent sea stacks and towering cliffs that rim the coastline.

 Norfolk Island has a raft of other attractions on offer as well. There is surfing, snorkelling and long boarding, horse riding, golf and bush walking through pristine native forests for the active holiday-makers. Plus there is a sizeable array of tours including visits to the four excellent boutique museums which relate the fascinating stories of the island's Polynesian, convict, Bounty and maritime past. For pure relaxation, there are several masseuse treatments to choose from, great cafes and restaurants, secluded beaches and many romantic scenic spots with ocean views that go forever.

The race registration fee includes entry to individual and team sprint events and the 12km and 26km iron events, plus social outings, all ceremonies and transfers and support transits required. Excellent packages are chock full of complimentary bonuses to make NOC the Rock 2016 a memorable holiday for everyone. This is a great way to experience Norfolk Island as locals and international visitors compete, socialise and celebrate together on this fabulous rock in the turquoise waters of the South Pacific.
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