Getting Around Norfolk Island – Traveler’s Tips
Are you getting ready for your vacation on Norfolk Island? It’s an exciting time, researching where to go, what to do, and how to prepare for your travel. Today we’ll help you by covering the best ways of getting around Norfolk Island.
There are multiple excellent ways to get around Norfolk Island. You can drive, bike, and even walk to most places. Most visitors rent a car to accompany them on their journey but we’ll give you some tips if you want to avoid renting.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at all the different options for getting around Norfolk Island. We’ll start with the obvious: cars.
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1. Car – The most popular way of getting around
Most of the visitors who arrive at the island start their journey by renting a car. Although some of the areas are superb for walking there might still be a need for a car on Norfolk Island.
Let’s get one thing straight: even if you need a car and rent one, you won’t be spending an awful lot of time inside it.
The whole island is a total of 34.6 square kilometers which is 13.3 square miles. Not big! When it comes to paved roads there is around 120 km of roads available to traverse. Now that’s a bit too much for walking, isn’t it?
So this leaves most people with cars. You will get around Norfolk Island in a car very quickly. Everything is within an arm’s reach and you can explore every inch of the island when you rent a car.
We recommend all visitors to rent a car as it’s the best way to get around the island.
2. Bikes – A great substitute for the car
If you are more of an active type then bikes are an even better option than cars. You can ask around for a bike rental at the visitor center and they’ll be happy to help you out.
With a bike, you will be almost as quick as if you were to rent a car and we feel like it blends in better with the unspoiled nature of Norfolk Island.
As there is very minimal road traffic you can ride around the island with a bike without worrying about safety. The locals drive patiently so it’s one of the best places to bike.
What we love about using a bike for getting around Norfolk Island is the ability to truly slow our pace down and take in all the scenery right in front of us.
Keep one thing in mind though: the island is pretty hilly. So if you are not someone who likes to bike on uphill sections then biking might not be the best for you.
3. Walking – You will be surprised
The last option is for those who really want to take their time to appreciate the island. Although you might take a little too much time and get tired of it.
As the land area is relatively small walking is still an option. Walking from one end of the island to the other is only around 2 hours and 30 minutes. Not that bad if want to hike everywhere and explore every inch for yourself.
In the Burnt Pine town area walking is the main mode of transportation. Everything is close, whether it’s shops or restaurants.
Although walking is a really nice option only consider it if you really like walking. There are some distances to cover.
4. Public Transport or Taxi
As the last option, you might be thinking about considering public transport. Unfortunately, public transport is not available on the island. The locals all have means to get around and due to the small size, there is no need to maintain a public transport system.
When it comes to taxis there is Uber available on special request. It’s a good option to mix Uber with biking or walking if you don’t want to rent a car.