"Norfolk - Island of the raised finger" Top 5 Page for this destination Norfolk Island by iandsmith

Norfolk Island Travel Guide: 91 reviews and 264 photos

The Far Side

Preconceived ideas of Norfolk Island are usually of that classic picture overlooking the convict settlement remnants. You will be led to believe it is an historical island and that image will be true. Two failed convict settlements were supplanted by people who were desperate to leave their island yet, some who did that, left Norfolk to return from whence they had come, Pitcairn, another island with a chequered history even in modern times.
Yet there's another history that most overlook, and that is the geological one. I stumbled upon it while going on a fishing trip. We happened to launch from Cascade Bay (site is dependent upon the weather) and just a kilometre into our journey we encountered a fantasy land of stunning rock formations, the like of which I had never seen close up.
It so impressed me I insisted on dragging my partner out to have a look a few days later and even Rosemarie was amazed.
As for the raised finger well, everyone you passed in your car raised at least one finger, sometimes two. This was in a manner friendly, not as you may have suspected!
You also left your car and house open. In fact, we didn't even have a key to our accommodation. It's that sort of place.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Plenty to do if you are fit and have an open mind, quality restaurants
  • Cons:You wouldn't want to spend a month here
  • In a nutshell:Great get-away-from-it-all place
  • Last visit to Norfolk Island: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • al2401's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Ian just updating my Norfolk page and decided to visit yours again - great work on a fantastic place.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2008 at 5:19 AM

    G'day, Ian! Splendid page about that magnificent destination! Thanks, mate!

  • Canuck5's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2007 at 5:07 AM

    Great photos of Norfolk Is., and lots of useful information. Great job!

  • CAFFEEKAY's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2007 at 7:57 PM

    Gday, thanks for the great Norfolk memories, I had the best time in May and this brought it all back and more! ... and don't forget the tip with a view to die for! cheers Cathie

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2007 at 7:56 AM

    Dark pages in our history made all the more telling by the beauty all around. Great page, Ian. leyle

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:50 AM

    Norfolk Island always looks so much like a park! A comprehensive coverage, which shows there's far more than the usual 'convict ruins' story.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    Hi thanx for the interesting tour - some nice sights on the island - a place i always thought about going to but been waylaid over here with the sights of Europe!all the best


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