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Norfolk Island

25 February to 7 March 2021

Personally escorted by Jacinta Anderson

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Tour Details

 

Captain James Cook was the first to officially discover Norfolk Island, describing it as “paradise” – a term he did not use liberally in his journals.  From 1788 to 1854,
this paradise became a harsh penal colony and home to hapless convicts.  

Today, it is home to the descendants of the Bounty Mutineers whose barefoot manners, warmth and hospitality have been woven into the island’s unique and timeless rhythm  – a special charm that draws visitors back time and time again.

Norfolk Island offers excitement, fun, relaxation, adventure, indulgence, culture, history and surprise for everyone to experience and enjoy.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Half Day Island Tour
  • Progressive Dinner with local hosts
  • Christians 4WD Tour
  • Spectacular Sound & Light Show
  • Breakfast bush Walk with clifftop breakfast BBQ
  • Convict Settlement Tour
  • Norfolk Whey Tour
  • Celebrate Foundation Day
  • Greenfingers Gardens Tour
  • Night as a Convict
  • Cyclorama Experience
  • Farm & Industry Tour
  • Pitcairn Settlers Tour
  • Murder Mystery Fletchers Fate
  • Ghost Tour
  • Island Fish Fry at Puppy’s Point

YOUR TOUR LEADER

Jacinta Anderson

Jacinta has worked in the Travel Industry since 1994 looking after both leisure and corporate travellers.  Having visited many destinations extensively, her favourite places include Bhutan, Patagonia, South Korea & Turkey and more recently the Australian territories of Christmas & Cocos Keeling Islands. 

Her love of Norfolk Island began 2 years ago when asked to escort a local Probus Group.   Since then she has returned with a second group.

“I am looking forward to showing you all what Norfolk Island has to offer, meeting the locals and learning the history of this beautiful destination.  I am sure you will take home some wonderful memories “

 

 

 

 


 

INCLUSIONS

  • Minimum group size will be 16 participants
  • Sydney/Norfolk Island/Sydney economy airfares and taxes with Air New Zealand including ‘works package’ of inflight meal, entertainment, cabin luggage.
  • Melbourne/Sydney/Melbourne economy airfares and taxes with Qantas
  • Return coach transfers between Gippsland and Melbourne Airport
  • Overnight accommodation Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel including breakfast/dinner
  • Personally escorted throughout the entire tour (minimum 16 passengers)
  • 10 nights 4 star hotel accommodation in twin or double bedded rooms with private facilities
  • Amenities at South Pacific Resort Hotel; superior rooms include flat screen TV; coffee/tea making facilities; mini fridge; iron and ironing board; hair dryer
  • Private air-conditioned coach
  • Experienced driver and local guides
  • Meals as per itinerary –
  • 10 Breakfasts (B), 5 Morning/Afternoon Tea, 4 Lunch (L) 10 Dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing & entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Porterage (one suitcase per person)
  • ALL tipping of drivers and local guides throughout the tour

EXCLUSIONS

  • Travel insurance (a surcharge may apply for passengers over 70 years or if there is a pre-existing medical condition)
  • Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, medical expenses
  • Any meals not included in the itinerary

SPECIAL NOTES

  • Flight schedules to be advised.
  • The order of the sightseeing may vary depending on local conditions.

Terms and Conditions

INTRODUCTION:

This contract is governed by Gippsland Travel Centre Pty Ltd and all members of the travelling parties as listed on your itinerary.

Gippsland Travel Centre acts as the agent selling and coordinating products on behalf of a third-party travel supplier/s. A separate contract with the supplier/s will apply and will be governed by the supplier’s Terms and Conditions. Gippsland Travel cannot guarantee the performance of any third-party supplier/s. Gippsland Travel may receive fees, commissions, gifts or financial incentives from third party supplier/s under this contract.

LATE BOOKINGS

Higher deposit payments are required for late bookings. A guarantee of full payment is required at the time of booking for all bookings received within 4 weeks of departure.

BOOKINGS SOLD ON A SHARE BASIS

Bookings may be accepted on a share room basis on the proviso that the person requesting the share reservation agrees that while every effort will be made to match suitability of the passengers there is no guarantee that a share room can be provided. If a share room is not available at the time of final payment, either the single room alternative, at an additional cost, or the cancellation conditions detailed in your itinerary will apply.

HEALTH & FITNESS

A minimum level of fitness is required to be able to participate on a Gippsland Travel Tour, you are required to at least:

  • Be able to walk at least 1 hour on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid (walking stick for stability is acceptable)
  • Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
  • Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
  • Carry your own hand luggage / handle your own suitcase when porterage is not supplied eg. at airports.
  • Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats.  Assistance will be offered where necessary.

Passengers must inform us of any medical conditions which may affect your ability to participate in the tour.

At our discretion we can exclude you in a tour or in any activity if we consider that you are unable to safely participate in that tour or activity or if we consider your participation may place the safety of other guests at risk.

You will be requested to supply a letter from your doctor indicating your prescription medication and your reason for taking it, which shall be carried in the event of an emergency.  This information will remain confidential and can be supplied in a sealed envelope.

PASSPORT and VISA

A valid passport is required for all international travel.

If you do not hold an Australian passport, you may require a resident return visa. 

Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia.

Gippsland Travel will advise you of all passport and visa requirements for this tour. 

The Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade regularly updates travel advice on various destinations. We recommend that you refer to www.dfat.gov.au for the latest updates before choosing to travel and prior to departure.

UNUSED PORTION OF THIS TOUR

We regret refunds will not be given for any unused activities of this tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation or transfers.

ITINERARY CHANGES and ITINERARY VARIATIONS

Gippsland Travel reserves the right to amend the hotels, itinerary and excursions if deemed advisable or necessary due to adverse weather conditions, road conditions or other unforeseen circumstances. Any necessary alternative arrangements will be made to a similar standard.

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of Gippsland Travel make it necessary to change airlines, hotels or amendments to daily activities.  We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

GENERAL CONDUCT

Gippsland Travel reserves the right to remove a traveller from a tour if they are acting in a way that interferes with the general operation of the tour or compromises the general enjoyment of the tour by other travellers in any way

 FLIGHT SCHEDULES
Airlines schedules are subject to change without notice. Voluntary date changes will incur fees. Gippsland Travel is not liable for delays or disruption of air travel.

FORCE MAJEURE:

Force Majeure means the occurrence of an event that is beyond Gippsland Travel’s reasonable control and which could not have been reasonably prevented by Gippsland Travel. Force majeure includes, but is not limited to: acts of God, accident, riots, war, terrorist act, epidemic, pandemic, quarantine, outbreaks of infectious disease or any other public health crisis, civil commotion, breakdown of communication facilities, natural catastrophes and natural disasters (including but not limited to flooding, fire, earthquake, landslide), adverse weather conditions, high or low water levels; government directed travel restrictions or omissions, changes in laws or regulations, national strikes, explosion, generalised lack of availability of raw materials or energy, nuclear or other industrial accident causing environmental pollution or contamination; change in law, meaning, enactment, amendment (including repeal) in the law or administration of any law in Australia or any jurisdiction or territory relevant to the booking contract, which includes changes in statute, regulation, determination, by-law, declaration, licence and the common law as applicable from time to time.

For the avoidance of doubt, Force Majeure shall not include (a) financial distress nor inability of either party to make a profit or avoid a financial loss, (b) changes in market prices or conditions, or (c) a party’s financial inability to perform its obligations hereunder.

In the event that a Force Majeure is declared, the customer will be bound by the third-party supplier/s Terms and Conditions, if applicable.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:

Subject to Australian Consumer Law, Gippsland Travel does not accept any liability in contract, tort or otherwise for any injury, damage, loss, delay, additional expense or inconvenience caused by a third-party supplier/s over who we have no direct control.  Gippsland Travel is not liable for Force Majeure or any other event which is beyond our control or which is not preventable by us. 

TERMINATION OF BOOKING CONTRACT OR CHANGE OF TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS DUE TO FORCE MAJEURE

If Gippsland Travel, in its reasonable opinion, considers that any Force Majeure event prevents Gippsland Travel (whether directly or through its employees, contractors, subcontractors and agents) from lawfully or safely providing any products or services subject of the booking contract with you, Gippsland Travel may immediately by written notice; (a) terminate the booking contract (in whole or part of); or (b) change your travel arrangements as reasonably practicable to ensure your safety and invoice for any additional costs.

GOVERNING LAW

These booking conditions are governed by the law in force in Victoria, Australia.


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Tour Costs

 

$4299 per person on a twin share basis
Single supplement – $750


PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Deposit to secure booking:      $500 per person  – non-refundable
Final payment due: Thursday, 10 December 2020

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CANCELLATION FEES

For cancellations received more than 90 days prior to tour departure, a cancellation fee of $500 pp will be charged, which cannot be credited to another booking.  Notice of cancellation must be made in writing to Gippsland Travel Centre.  If notice of cancellation is received 90 days or less, prior to departure, the following fees apply:

No of days prior to tour departure 
Cancellation received after full deposit has been paid:
 $500pp
90 days and over: 100% of Tour Cost

If you are eligible for a refund once a booking has been cancelled, the balance less any non-refundable amounts will be forwarded to you once received by Gippsland Travel from the third-party supplier/s. 

Gippsland Travel is not responsible for any delays of refunds from the third-party supplier/s. Refunds from third party supplier/s can take in excess of 6 weeks. Refunds will be processed as per original form of payment.

Travel insurance policies may provide cover for cancellation fees subject to their terms and conditions.

All costs are in Australian dollars and based on the exchange rate prevailing as at 16 July 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Itinerary


 

 

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Thursday 25 February      

We depart Warragul in the late morning for our coach transfer to Melbourne Airport for a Qantas afternoon flight to Sydney. On arrival in Sydney, we shall be transferred to the RYDGES SYDNEY AIRPORT HOTEL for an overnight stay. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel. 


Friday 26 February        

This morning we transfer to the Air New Zealand terminal for our flight to Norfolk Island.  Our flight includes the ‘Works Package’ – lunch & entertainment.

On arrival at Norfolk Island, we shall be met and transferred to the SOUTH PACIFIC RESORT HOTEL, our home for the next 9 nights.  This hotel is set in 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and is the most conveniently located hotel on Norfolk Island.  After we are checked in we will meet for a Welcome Dinner at the Dino’s Restaurant.


Saturday 27 February        

After breakfast we will enjoy a Half Day Island Tour, a must-do Norfolk Island experience, introducing us to the island's history and life as it is today. From the historic Kingston to famous convict buildings and beautiful beaches, the tour offers plenty of opportunities for you to take some photos and be fully informed about this fascinating island.  We shall also visit Cascade, Longridge and much more.

 

After our lunch at the Hilli Restaurant, we will visit the incredible experience of the Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama…the stunning and realistic 360° artwork which brings to life the history of the Norfolk Island people and their connection with the infamous mutiny on the ‘Bounty’. We will discover how the world’s most famous mutiny created the Pitcairn and Norfolk communities.

The afternoon will be at leisure before we get together for dinner at the South Pacific Resort Hotel.


Sunday 28 February       

This morning is a free morning to check out the markets which cater to visitors and locals with supplies of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, cut flowers, home cooking, craft and souvenir items, books, jewellery, stamps, post cards and so much more!  There is live entertainment and the coffee van selling locally grown coffee. The Sunday markets operate rain, hail or shine!  There is sure to be something for you to take home as a momento of this delightful trip.

In the early afternoon we shall join a Convict Settlement Tour, an ‘In Depth’ tour of the historic Georgian settlement of Kingston.  We shall walk through the cemetery and hear the history of the interesting convict and colonial headstones and hear stories of the houses along Quality Row.  We can also walk through the ruins of the New Gaol, see the Pier Store, Boat Shed and the Crank Mill.  Afternoon tea included.

 

Tonight, we get together for Fletcher’s Fate Mystery Dinner, a fascinating evening of interactive theatre, intrigue & mystery. This entertaining play, examining the possible last movements & final whereabouts of the famous mutineer, Fletcher Christian, is dramatically acted out by a 6-character cast over a sumptuous 3 course dinner.

    


Monday 1 March        

This morning we will learn about the colourful history of Norfolk Island’s most recent settlement – the Pitcairners and their descendants, on one of the last few remaining original settler’s properties and will experience the history & culture of the Pitcairn Settlers. We visit the magnificent homestead gardens, including many of the traditional crops, ride in Norfolk’s first tour coach, a model A Ford, visit a blacksmith’s forge, the original homestead, a WWII Army hut and Museum of Memorabilia.

 

 

There will be some free time this afternoon before we have the opportunity to experience the local hospitality by joining a Progressive dinner when we will enjoy a 3-course meal progressing to different Norfolk Island family homes.  During our dinner we will hear Norfolk stories from our dinner guests.  


Tuesday 2 March        

This morning there will be some free time before we meet up in the early afternoon for a Farm and Industry Tour. 

While tourism is Norfolk’s largest industry, it is by no means its only one. On this tour, we take you to a selection of the many other enterprises that sustain our community. These might include: raising meat producing sheep, market gardening, pig farming, manufacturing soft drinks and liqueurs, aquaponics gardening or exporting Kentia seedlings.

Late in the afternoon we will enjoy an Island Fish Fry, where we will enjoy a traditional island feast on the clifftop at Puppy’s Point.

 

  


Wednesday 3 March         

There will be an opportunity this morning for a BBQ Breakfast Bush Walk.  Take your choice of a stroll through Hundred Acres Reserve or for the more energetic, a leisurely 3.5km walk through scenic Mt Bates to Captain Cook Monument. At the end of the walks we meet on the cliff top at Anson Bay for a delicious breakfast barbeque.  The rest of the morning will be at leisure before we travel to Anson Bay for our Hilli Goat Cheese tour and lunch.  We will meet the Cheeky Goats and wander through the Edible Gardens whilst learning the Milking and Cheese making process.

 

You will have the rest of the afternoon free before we get together again for an early dinner at the South Pacific Resort.

Tonight, we head out to see the Sound & Light Show amongst the convict ruins where we will watch re-enactments of how the convicts were treated in days gone. 

Nightfall at Kingston brings a different mood to the convict settlement.  The stillness and the stars are there just as they were before mankind arrived in 1788.  However, with dramatic use of the real-life sounds, theatrical lighting and costumed actors, the stillness is broken you learn of through the horrifying decades of Norfolk Island’s convict era.

 


Thursday 4 March        

For our Christians 4WD Tour today we will split up into two groups, either departing at 9am or 1pm.  On the tour we will join John and his Island staff – all direct descendants of the Bounty Mutineers, on an exciting 3-hour tour to points of Norfolk, accessible only by 4WD.

This back of beyond tour will take us through private properties and the national park featuring spectacular scenery, native flora & bird life. It also includes delicious homemade cakes with tea & coffee at a beautiful Island home. All vehicles are comfortable modern 4WDs.

 

The afternoon is at leisure and we shall have dinner at The Homestead, situated on the western side of Norfolk Island adjacent to the 100 Acre Forest and giant Morten Bay figs. 100 Acre farm is a working farm that produces beef and vegetables commercially. The Homestead embraces the farm to plate philosophy as well as sourcing line caught fish from Norfolk's' clean wild waters.


Friday 5 March        

 

Our Greenfingers tour this morning will feature some of the islands loveliest gardens. Through the morning, we visit a nursery owned & operated by a young Norfolk Islander, and view the hydroponics. We also visit a gorgeous private garden with a spectacular view and then enjoy morning tea at a scenic spot.

There will be some free time in the afternoon.  We can rest up as tonight will be a lot of fun spending the evening as convicts.  We shall dress up as convicts in outfits supplied and join in with the Commandant for an evening of gaiety, feasting, singing and dancing.

 


Saturday 6 March        

 

 

Today is a very special day on the Norfolk Island calendar. Foundation Day is celebrated every March to commemorate the day on which Lt. Philip Gidley King arrived on the island in 1788, establishing the very first European settlement there. He left Post Jackson earlier that year on the Supply along with 22 people, 15 of whom were convicts.

The locals really put on a show and we will join in the celebrations and enjoy a picnic lunch.   The afternoon is at leisure so you may like to hire a car to explore further, swim in Emily Bay, visit the local farmers market or shop for those last-minute souvenirs.

Tonight, we will get together for our Farewell Dinner at the Hilli Restaurant


Sunday 7 March      

The morning is at leisure however the hotel will provide a morning tea before we depart Norfolk Island for an early afternoon Air New Zealand flight back to Sydney before joining our Qantas flight to Melbourne via Sydney.  On arrival in Melbourne Airport at approximately 8pm, we shall be met and transferred by coach back to Warragul.


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