TRAVEL INSURANCE … You should purchase travel insurance for your Norfolk holiday.

CLIMATE … is sub-tropical and comfortable all year round. During winter a jumper will be required as temperatures range from 12 to 17 degrees. Summer temperatures range from 18 to 26 degrees. Most rain (which totals 1,350 mm per annum) falls in the winter months, and mild sea breezes are the norm.

LANGUAGE … English is the most common language. The Norfolk language, one of the world’s rarest, is also spoken. Go to our Norf’k pages.

ELECTRICITY … is standard 3 pin plug, 240 volts, AC 50cycles.

TAXES … There is a 12% GST on products imported to Norfolk Island for resale.

SHOPPING HOURS … Shops are open each weekday (excluding public holidays) except on Wednesday afternoons when they close from 12:30pm. Most shops open on Saturday mornings until 12:30pm and are then closed for the rest of the weekend. A few open on Sunday mornings.

LIQUOR BOND … Present your airline ticket at the Liquor Bond and get 30% off most spirits and liqueurs (up to the duty free allowable limit).

ARRIVALS and DEPARTURES … You are met at the airport by tour company representatives. On leaving please complete a survey on your holiday experience on Norfolk Island.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT … There is no public transport, although private taxi services are available (phone 50371). Tour companies provide transfers from the airport to accommodation houses, and hire cars are inexpensive.

STREET LIGHTS … are almost non-existent, so bring a torch if you intend to walk at night.

MONEY … is Australian legal tender. Nearly all major credit cards are supported, as is Eftpos at most places. The Commonwealth Bank has an ATM.

STAMPS … Norfolk has its own stamps and post office.

TIME … at noon on Norfolk it is 11 am in Sydney and Brisbane (Eastern Standard Time), and 12:30 pm in Auckland. There is no daylight saving on Norfolk Island.

CUSTOMS … passports are required to gain entry, and for re-entry into your home country. Personal affects are duty free, but fruit, vegetables, flowers, plants or seeds are prohibited, as is pork and some poultry products. You will need to complete quarantine and immigration forms on the aircraft prior to your arrival.