Monday, October 4, 2010

Can you please list for me the various Music Festivals that you have on your island and when they occur?

Thank you for your interest shown in “The World of Norfolk”.

Norfolk Island hosts 3 annual music festivals throughout the year.
The first festival for the year is “Opera in Paradise” which is held in February, the dates for 2011 will be 21st – 25th. This event is now in its 7th year & is run by Jennifer Parish a member from one of Queensland’s top Opera groups Operatif. Along with Operatif there will be visiting artists from both Australia & New Zealand performing. To view the full line-up for 2011 please visit the Operatif website

The next cab of the rank is the “Country Music Festival” which is held in May, for 2011 the event will run from 15th -22nd. Now in its 18th year, the festival showcases some of Australia and New Zealand's best talent, featuring the much sorted after Trans Tasman Entertainer of the Year Award.
For further details check-out

The year then finishes up with the much anticipated “Jazz in the Pines Festival” which is held in December, the 2010 festival will be held from the 5th-9th & the 2011 dates will be the same.
This is a fun filled week of great music, great food, camaraderie & entertainment.
This festival again showcases headliners from both Australia & New Zealand. Over the years many well known jazz artists have performed, including Don Burrows, James Morrison, and Island born Rick Robertson.

Both the Country Music & Jazz in the Pines Festival’s can be booked online at

I hope that this information has been of assistance to you & that sometime soon we will see you kicking up your heels at one of our top class festivals.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Is it tru that I need a passport to travel to Norfolk Island, and if so, why?

Thank you for your enquiry, that is correct a valid passport is required for all foreign & New Zealand citizens, however Australian citizens who do not hold a valid passport can obtain a document of identity; this is an official document that can only be used for travel between Australia & Norfolk Island, it is free of charge.

It is necessary to have a passport or document of identity because even though Norfolk Island is classified as an external territory of Australia, we are an international destination which means that all flights depart from the international airport/s so you are required to clear customs & immigration both on departure & arrival.

As part of our unique cutlural, social and political heritage, we have our own immigration, customs/quarantine, social & welfare, medical and taxation systems which are separate from the rest of the Commonwealth of Australia.

If you would like to know more about our government, legislations and laws, please log on to
The world of Norfolk is not so far away though; only a short flight around 2 hours from Brisbane, 2.5 hours from Sydney and/or Newcastle and 3.5 hours from Melbourne, or on the the other side of the ditch, 1.5 hours from Auckland in New Zealand.

I hope this information has been of help to you & that one day we will see you on the best place on earth, or as we here on Norfolk say "Da Bas Side Orn Earth!".