Botanica 
Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island
History & Gardens

One of Australia’s most popular gardening media personalities will host this special Botanica 20th anniversary celebratory tour to Norfolk Island.

Join Botanical Guide Sophie Thomson on this tour to Norfolk Island. Sophie is a familiar face from TV’s Gardening Australia. She is also a popular gardening author and her latest book Sophie’s Patch is a best-seller. The avid horticulturist’s enduring love affair with gardening stems from growing up in the family nursery in the Adelaide Hills.

 

8 Days from $5,995 per person

Explore Norfolk Island’s gardens, landscapes, history and culture.

April 2021 & Oct 2021

Departs 12 April 2021 & 10 October 2021
Twin $5,995 pp AUD – Single $6,645 pp AUD

Itinerary 

Day 1: Depart Sydney, Arrive Norfolk Island

Meet at Sydney airport for your flight to Norfolk Island. With a population of fewer than 2,000 people this relaxed Pacific island has a mild subtropical climate and 174 plant species, of which 51 are endemic, including the iconic Norfolk Island Pine. Your Botanical Guide will be on hand throughout your stay to share their wealth of plant knowledge. Upon arrival be transferred to the Governor’s Lodge Resort which is set within 12 acres of gardens.

Stay: Seven Nights, The Governor’s Lodge Resort

Meals: Dinner

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Day 2: Norfolk Island Tour, Private Gardens

This morning after breakfast we will set off on a guided tour where you will be introduced to Norfolk’s fascinating history as well as seeing island life as it is today. This afternoon is reserved for a special garden-themed excursion which includes a visit to the local nursery and a number of private gardens including the wonderful ‘Music Valley’. This naturalist garden is a haven for rare and endemic Norfolk plants such as the bird’s nest fern, and owner, Jane Rutledge, purposely plants species that honour her Polynesian and Pitcairn Islander heritage, and which are used in practices such as weaving and cooking.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 3 : Cyclorama, Convict Tour

This morning we will experience Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama where visitors walk inside a circular 3D-effect painting and are surrounded by the immense artwork that blends a series of lifelike scenes from the famous 1789 mutiny on the Bounty. Music and sound effects composed especially for the painting further enhance the Cyclorama experience. Afterwards, we will learn about Norfolk’s brutal convict history on a tour of the Kingston area which houses the old gaol, the cemetery and other ruins. A delicious dinner will be enjoyed tonight. The Island Fish Fry-Up takes place on an exclusive private property ‘Orn Dar Cliff’ with a spectacular coastal backdrop and sunset views.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 4 : Breakfast Bush walk, Progressive Dinner

This morning we have two lovely walks to choose from. Both offer spectacular coastal scenery and the chance to spot endemic plants such as Norfolk Tree Fern, Phillip Island Hibiscus, Two Frond Fern and Bastard Oak. Choose the walk that suits your fitness level or you are welcome
to simply join the group for a delicious breakfast afterwards. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy your resort and its surroundings. This evening you will be invited to a special ‘Progressive Dinner’ which takes part in three different private island homes. Enjoy getting to know your local hosts and hearing their Norfolk Island stories.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 5 : 'Behind the Hedges' and Farm & Industry Tours

Discover Norfolk Island’s flourishing cottage industry scene on this morning’s ‘Behind the Hedges’ tour. Visit a Pottery and have the chance to buy some locally made pieces as well as a chocolatier to learn about chocolate making. This afternoon we’ll visit some larger-scale enterprises that, along with tourism, sustain the island’s economy. Visit sheep and
pig farms, market gardens, soft drink and liquor manufacturers, aquaponic gardening and kentia palm seedling exporters.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6 : Christian Brothers Cheese Tour and Convict Dinner

Today we’ll visit a boutique dairy and cheese producer started by brothers Glen and John Christian. Their cheese is known as ‘Mootineers’ in a nod to their famous heritage. Meet the cows, try the milking machine and also see their beehives and taste the honey. The tour includes cheese and wine tasting at Glen’s house with scenic ocean and valley views.
This evening’s Convict Dinner is sure to be a memorable highlight! Guests will be invited to dress in convict outfits and enjoy a delicious three-course carvery meal with lots of singing, dancing and general merry-making.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 7 : Norfolk Island

Maybe spend this morning relaxing at your resort or perhaps set off on more botanical and historical discoveries with your Botanical Guide. This afternoon we’ll visit some local properties where we’ll learn more about the Norfolk cultural traditions including woodwork, cooking, weaving and the local language.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 8 : Depart Norfolk Island, Arrive Sydney

This morning after breakfast you’ll transfer to the airport for your included flight back to Sydney.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Norfolk Island
8 Days

Availability
Valid for select departure dates:
12th April 2021 & 10th October 2021

What’s Included

  • Return economy flights from Sydney
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Services of a Botanical Guide
  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • 15 meals – 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 6 dinners

Highlights

  • Visit gardens with your Botanical Guide
  • Visit private gardens & meet the owers
  • Learn about the places you  visit with your local guides
  • See rare and endangered plants
  • Visit the wonderful ‘Music Valley’ garden
  • Discover Norfolk’s convict history
  • Meet the Christian Brothers at their cheese factory
  • Enjoy a scenic breakfast bushwalk

Price
Twin $5,995 pp AUD
Single $6,645 pp AUD

 

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