Explore the unique history of Norfolk Island and admire its extensive botanical gardens, endemic wildlife and rugged coastline.

At a Glance

  • Explore the unique and intriguing history of settlement on Norfolk Island
  • Discover the island’s tragic convict past at Kingston, Arthur’s Vale and the Bloody Bridge
  • Admire Norfolk Island’s natural beauty, from sandy beaches to rocky cliffs and towering pines
  • Uncover the fascinating natural history of the island, including its endemic flora and fauna

Trace the island’s settlement, from early Polynesian arrivals to Captain Cook, convicts and the descendants of the Bounty’s mutineers.

Survey the World Heritage site of Kingston and Arthur’s Vale, where well-preserved convict buildings stand above Slaughter Bay, and discover the proud history of the Pitcairn Islanders.

Experience the island’s colourful and often turbulent past at a well-regarded historical courtroom drama, and admire its inspiring natural beauty and endemic flora and fauna.


03 – 08 November 2024 (6 days)

Tour leader

Glen Halliday

Tour Status


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The tour commences at Sydney airport with a Qantas group flight to Norfolk Island departing at 09:45. Arrive in Norfolk Island at 13:15 and transfer to the hotel.

This evening, tour leader Glen Halliday will provide an introduction to the island’s history, followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant.


This morning, enjoy an orientation tour covering Norfolk Island’s key points of interest.

Visit St Barnabas Chapel built in 1880 with rich mother-of-pearl inlays, ship-like vaulted timber ceiling and stained-glass windows. Enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk trail at the Norfolk Island Botanic Gardens. Originally a private garden, planted with species endemic to the island, the grounds were incorporated into the Norfolk Island National Park in 1986 and contain a collection of the island’s unique flora, including fifteen critically endangered plant species.

After lunch, continue to the Bounty Folk Museum for an intriguing insight into the 1789 mutiny on the Bounty and its effect on Pitcairn Island and the history of Norfolk Island.

Then, enjoy some time at leisure followed by dinner in one of Norfolk Island’s local restaurants.


Today, discover the significant historical sites of Kingston, Cascade Bay and Longridge, learn about local government laws, experience the unique island lifestyle and admire the surrounding scenic landscapes and coastline.

After a picnic lunch, enjoy an in-depth guided walk through the World Heritage-listed settlement of Kingston and Arthur’s Vale, a living showcase of Polynesian, Pitcairn Islander and convict history. Recognised for its picturesque character, Georgian buildings and evocative ruins, the site is a surviving example of large-scale convict transportation and European colonial expansion.

Tonight, enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant.


Spend the morning at leisure to explore the quaint Burnt Pine township at your own pace.

This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Kingston’s settlement and cemetery. More than two centuries old, the oceanfront burial ground is a significant part of Norfolk Island history, with headstone engravings revealing causes of death and hints of the brutality of life during the island’s 19th-century convict compound.

Then, attend a performance of The Trial of the Fifteen, a long-running and well-regarded historical courtroom drama that recounts the story of Norfolk Island’s colourful and turbulent past through the testimony of those on trial.

Following the performance, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.


This morning, discover the ways in which Norfolk Island sustains its inhabitants through industry and agriculture, and visit several passionate local producers using the island’s abundant natural resources to create a range of products, from honey and leather goods to salt harvested from the surrounding sea.

Following lunch, visit Out Yenna, home of best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough and her Norfolk Islander husband. A luxurious hideaway, the home created a perfect sanctuary for the prolific author to compose up to 30,000 words a day on her electric typewriter.

Tonight, join fellow travellers to celebrate the conclusion of the tour with a special farewell dinner.


This morning, check out of the hotel and walk to the award-winning Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama, a 360-degree panoramic painting depicting the story of the Bounty mutineers, and gain a visual perspective on this dramatic history. The brainchild of Marie Bailey, a sixth-generation descendant of Fletcher Christian, it is the work of local artists Tracey Yager and Sue Draper.

Enjoy a light lunch before transferring to the airport for the included group flight departing Norfolk Island at 15:20, arriving in Sydney at 17:15.

Tour arrangements conclude upon arrival at Sydney airport. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your connecting flights and other travel arrangements, including airport transfers and additional nights’ accommodation either before or after the tour and travel insurance (a condition of travel).



Per person, twin-share

AUD 5,950

Single supplement

AUD 450

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 2,000

Final payment due

04 September 2024

Room category upgrade available on request; please enquire with us.

Tour price includes

  • Return group flights on Qantas from Sydney to Norfolk Island
  • Five nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine with dinners
  • Talks, insights and guiding by tour leader Glen Halliday
  • Comprehensive sightseeing, including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Transportation throughout on comfortable, air-conditioned coaches
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and wait staff

Tour price does not include

  • Airport porterage
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, room service, minibar, taxis etc.)
  • Travel insurance: a condition of travel; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance


Your hotel

N.B. Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.

More Details

Tour code: RT2403

Fitness level: Above Moderate
Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions here.

Travel Documentation
Australian passport holders do not require a visa to visit Norfolk Island. However, a valid passport is required.

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