Norfolk Island National Park

NATIONAL PARKS                                                            

The Park has stunning scenery, diverse bird life, fantastic tree ferns and an opportunity to stroll through a green canopy of great trees and plants that will cast your mind back into a time when the island had more trees than green pasture.  The chance dispersal of plants and animals over vast ocean has delivered species of great biological significance to the island, evolving due to its isolation more than anything else.  The National Park and Botanic Gardens were initially established in 1984.  Comprising a protected area of 6.50 km², it is managed by the Commonwealth of Australia. It comprises two sections, Mount Pitt an area of 4.60 km² and the 1.90 km² Phillip and Nepean islands.

Norfolk Island National Park is open all year round with no entry fees into the park. The Park Headquarters and Visitor Centre are open 8.15 am - 4.30 pm Monday to Friday. Closed on public holidays.

Picnic areas

Picnic tables can be found throughout the park. BBQs can be found at Captain Cook's Monument.


Public Toilet facilities maintained by Parks Australia are available at the Botanic Gardens and at the Captain Cook Monument picnic area. Public Toilets are also located in Burnt Pine, Palm Glen, Kingston and Emily Bay. The toilet facilities at the Botanic Garden are wheelchair friendly.

Drinking water

There is no reticulated water system on the island, and there are no drinking water facilities, provided within the park. Walkers should always carry sufficient water with them to meet their needs.

Disabled Access

Due largely to the undulating and often steep nature of the island, there is limited disabled access throughout much of the park. There is a boardwalk in the Botanic Gardens which has been especially constructed for wheelchair access, and the toilets at the Gardens are wheelchair friendly.
Norfolk Island National park is a wonderful place for bushwalking, bird watching and taking in the many scenic views of Norfolk and Phillip islands from various vantage points.

The summits of Mount Pitt and Mount Bates provide views across Norfolk and towards Phillip Island. At present these peaks can only be accessed by foot, walking a gradual to steep track for 1.5 km - 2 km. Other views of the spectacular coastal scenery and many species of seabirds can be enjoyed from the Cook Monument, and various locations along the northeastern cliffs, particularly at the coastal end of the Bird Rock track.


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