At first glance, it’s hard to believe that vibrant Norfolk Island could have a dark past. Yet during the 19th century, the now-peaceful Australian retreat was a convict colony, home to criminals who’d been banished into exile. Today, the archaeological remains of the penal colony have UNESCO World Heritage status and are revered for their historical significance. You can visit the settlement’s remains, an eerie yet beautiful collection that includes a jail, a cemetery, lumbar yard and salt house.
Things to do in Norfolk Island
4.5 based on 291 reviews
This is a special restaurant. Great menu, fresh produce, and great service. Wonderful experience. Only opened Thu-Sat nights when we went so book when you get on the island. Not an extensive wine list but what was there was fine. One of the two very good restaurants on Norfolk Island.
4 based on 221 reviews
This beautifully restored house is the centrepiece at Governor's Lodge offering gorgeous surrounds, fine cuisine, Chef's specials and a dining experience to always remember. What a perfect place to enjoy lunch floating on the original flagstone verandah. Sip on a glass of wine or a cool beer while we look after your every need. Arrive and enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in the bar area, relax and be shown to your table to select from the comprehensive a la carte menu and let your mouth water until the delights arrive, carefully placed by your smiling waiter.
I came in for a lovely family dinner. We ordered at 19:15 and received our mains at 20:15. We waited an HOUR for this "Thai stir fry". For $24, we received tinned baby corn, tinned mushrooms, carrots (these were fresh, thankfully) and raw snow peas. Coupled with half a cup of cooked rice per serving and doused in a salty soy sauce concoction. I don't think this meal had any semblance to Thai cooking and to wait an hour for this, was ridiculous. We left the restaurant 15 mins ago and I had to write an immediate review. The best thing about this whole night was the garlic bread.
Utterly utterly disappointed. How dare they take an hour to cook a stir fry? Stir fries should take no more than 10 mins to cook. I have been around and there are actually fresh veggies in stores. It makes no sense that most of the veggies were tinned!!!!! Please refer to the pictures. How many tinned baby corns do I need in my dish? Another diner had the prawn vegetable stir fry and hers only had TWO raw snow peas. Please explain.
If my elderly aunties weren't with me, I would have made a complaint there and then. Will not be coming back.
4.5 based on 829 reviews
Fresh organic produce served in abundance from the local growers on Norfolk Island, incredible local fish and beef, Prepared in various styles and specialising in French, Italian, Australian for dinner, amazing Devonshire teas and affordable fresh and tasty lunch menu
This is a quality restaurant. Small menu done well which is a facet I always like. A little exxy by Norfolk standards but still very good value by Mid to Upper Oz restaurants. Important that you book earty. Was fully booked the night we went.
Hint: Book as soon as you get on the island.
4.5 based on 165 reviews
Mariah's Restaurant, located within the Seaview Hotel & Cottages complex, offers casual dining in convivial surroundings and wonderful ocean views to Philip Island. Open for continental or full cooked breakfast, light lunches and evening dining.
I admit the view is fantastic, but we went there expecting to enjoy a good meal, after all, the prices suggested quality food. We went there at a reasonable time for dining out. 7.00 pm .My first choice (chicken) was not available, nor was my second choice (pork belly). That left fish or steak. I chose fish but could not finish this as the spicy sauce made it inedible. The female staff were very nice, although the male wine waiter could do well to clean his fingernails!!
4 based on 328 reviews
had lunch here our second day on Norfolk and this was the best fish and chips i've had since i was young, the fish was so fresh the batter was nice and light , only problem was we wanted to have lunch here again but sadly it was shut for lunch a few days during our stay
4.5 based on 84 reviews
Many of the wines are made on the island by Rod, but some are not. The quality is really good, and one of the varieties is fairly rare in Australia, but suits the humid island climate (chambourcin). Noelene produces the most amazing platters of local food which must be pre-ordered. Once you see the platters you will understand why that is the rule. Nothing could be better than sitting on the verandah quietly sipping a lovely wine, and sampling the goodies on the platter. Not cheap, but good value for what you get, all of a top quality.
4.5 based on 388 reviews
Bedrock Tea Gardens boasts the best cafe views on the island....A real hidden paradise! Ten minutes from town Bedrock Tea House invites you to enjoy the beautiful Gardens and ocean views whilst feasting on local produce cooked and created into edible delights....but don't rush, bring a book and Relax......also available cheese platter & botle of wine, cliffside?.....We are open daily for morning tea-lunch-afternoon teas please call 56996 for bookings......Bedrock also offers lovers&friends pamper packages which include massage food & wine.....in Paradise......
We visited for lunch and only wanted something light. We wondered at the price of the smoked ham Sandwich, and the chicken Sandwich, until they arrived. They comprise a veritable mountain of chicken or ham topped by an imposing salad, and the whole lot is held together by a long skewer. It all went well with a very well filled glass of white wine. Excellent. I forgot to say that the views over the coast where Captain Cook initially landed are just brilliant.
4.5 based on 463 reviews
We ate here a couple of evenings and the food was delicious - steaks, fish, poultry accompanied by well cooked vegetables and gluten free sauces.
The service is super friendly and very quick - a very happy place Deservedly the bistro is very well patronised - bookings are recommended as the restaurant fills very quickly from its 5.30pm opening.
4 based on 176 reviews
One of the most popular spots on the island.
Bar open at 4.30 and dining at 5.30
Regretfully the availability of some foods is dependant on the weather or arrival of the supply ship.
Meals were nicely presented but the steak was poor quality. Also medium/rare was more like rare.
Staffing and service was good.
4.5 based on 265 reviews
Simple meals. Nothing fancy with options in keeping with Norfolk's standards - eggs for breakfast; burgers for lunch. Opens early for breakfast.
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