Things To Do on Norfolk Island
There is a great range of things to do on Norfolk appealling to all manner of interests. You can partake in anything from the less strenuous activities such as lawn bowls and snooker or darts to activities that require more exertion and a spirit of adventure such as as scuba diving, snorkelling or fishing.
Superbly situated on the ocean-side Point Hunter Reserve and alongside the sweeping gardens of Government House, the nine hole course has an 18 hole par of 72. The Georgian home of the Stipendiary Magistrate has been graciously restored to form the clubhouse from whose grand verandah you can watch the action whilst enjoying a drink or snack. In August, the $30,000 Norfolk Island Pro-Am Classic attracts a talented field. The mild climate makes conditions good all year round. Green fees are extremely moderate, clubs and buggies are hirable and there's a resident pro..
About half a kilometre up Grassy Road, the one leading from the western end of Burnt Pine up towards Mt. Pitt, is a well laid out and maintained mini golf course. While you're there, check out the amazing array of toys at the adjoining shop.
Home to several Pan Pacific Games medal winners, Norfolk is very active in all aspects of athletics. It now has an 8-lane track and has successfully staged the Pan-Pacific Veteran's Games. Triathlons, Summit (Mt. Pitt) to Surf and a host of other activities take place year round and visitors are encouraged to take part. Contact President Ian Anderson at World Traders or the Visitors Bureau.
Two new glass-backed courts are for hire at the Leagues Club in Ferny Lane. Open daily. Rackets, shoes, etc. for hire. All Leagues Club facilities available to the visitor.
This is a very 'horsy' island and there are lots of activities. The Pony Club meets weekly and Ghymkanas, Dressage and Cross-Country Events are held through the year. Horse-racing is held twice a year on Easter Monday and on Boxing Day.
You can enjoy Clay Target Shooting at the picturesquely-sited club at Anson Bay each Saturday. At the same scenic site, there is also a Pistol Shooting club. Contact Visitors Bureau for details.
You can play tennis night or day at the Cheryl Tennis Club in Queen Elizabeth Avenue. Six plexipave, all-weather courts are available and visitors are most welcome. There's an excellent club-house where you can relax and enjoy a drink or light refreshments. Need some coaching? A resident coach is available and racquets are for hire.
Snooker & Darts
Drop in to any of Norfolk's licensed clubs and you're welcome to play, free. See under Socialising/Clubs
Best surfing is outside the reef at Slaughter Bay. Locals also surf at Anson Bay and Cresswell Bay but they can be dangerous. Emily Bay is the ultra-safe swimming beach - and one of the prettiest in the world. Best snorkeling is at Cemetery Bay, Slaughter Bay and off the Salt Mill. Crystal Pool is magic but tough to reach and can be dangerous at high tide.
There's no formal club but when it's low tide and the wind is gusting from the south-east or south-west, just head down to Slaughter Bay and, if you're lucky, someone will let you borrow their gear.
Water Sports - Hire Service
Laser Yachts, Paddleboards, 2-man Canoes, Pedalos and Snorkeling Gear are all hirable right on the beach at Emily Bay from "Wetls Daun-a-Taun" caravan.
Wetls also has ice cream, cold drinks, hamburgers, and other takeaways so you can plan to spend the whole day at the beach. (In the Norfolk language, 'Wetls' means 'Eats' and 'Daun a'taun' means Kingston.)
Over 30 first-class dive sites make Norfolk a scuba destination that divers return to often. If you only knew how easy it is to scuba dive you'd have done it years ago! Here's your chance! Discover a new world in a half-day course that supplies tuition, all gear, and a dive on your first day in the safety of the lagoon with chances for photography. Or, in just 7 days, you can do a prof-essional course which will earn you international diving qualifications.
Stories of catching four fish on a line are true! Trips can be arranged with professional local fishermen on very well equipped boats. A feed of the magnificent "Trumpeter" (otherwise known as Red Emperor) is almost guaranteed and others often caught are Kingfish, Grouper, Snapper, Trevally and Rock Cod. You can also try trolling for Kingfish and Tuna.