Walking is the best way to experience all Norfolk Island has to offer. Come and explore our breathtaking scenery, dramatic landscapes and the unique diversity of plant and animal life. And the good news is there are no snakes on the island and the majority of spiders are harmless - even the big ones.
Botanic Gardens walks
The stunning walks throught the Botanic Gardens provide a fabulous opportunity to experience the diverse flora on Norfolk Island. Suited to a range of fitness levels, there is a walk to suit everyone.
This short walk through rainforest offers great views over a valley of tree ferns. Keep an eye out for the Samson's sinew, also known as wild wisteria, which hangs from the tree tops.
A moderate walk with stairs | 120 m
Rainforest gully circuit
Take a short walk through Norfolk's cool, lush rainforest gully. Keep a look out for the Norfolk Island green parrot, easily distinguishable by its characteristic 'kek-kek-kek' call and it's bright green feathers and red crown-patch.
A moderate walk with some stairs and steep sections | 600 m
Tree fern valley circuit
There's plenty to see along this walk including some of the world's tallest tree ferns, huge whitewoods and Norfolk Island's climbing fern.
A moderate walk with a few flights of stairs | 370 m
The elevated boardwalk passes through shady forests and open woodlands. The viewing platform near Mt Pitt end is the perfect place to enjoy Norfolk's spectacular sunsets.
An easy walk suitable for wheelchairs and strollers | 170 m
Learn about many of Norfolk Island's unique plants on this short walk featuring a sample of the plants and found throughout the park.
An easy walk suitable for wheelchairs and strollers | 90 m
National Park walks
Rainforest gully circuit
Walks through the National Park provide a diverse range of scenery to explore. With breathtaking coastal vistas and invigorating climbs, you'll be glad you experienced the natural beauty.
Bird Rock Track
This is one of the more challenging walks in the park. Branching off the Bridle Track this trail drops steeply down through pine forest to a look-out with spectacular views of the coastline and Bird Rock. Consider returning via the Red Stone Link walk to avoid the steep climb out.
A moderate to difficult, steep walk | 760 m
Red Stone Link Track
Use this track between Bird Rock Track and Bridle Track to avoid the steep climb out from the Bird Rock lookout. You'll pass through beautiful forests of Norfolk pine and rainforest. From October to March the air is full of white terns, black noddies and red-tailed tropic birds.
A moderate to difficult walk, some steep sections | 700 m
Old Mountain Track
Enter at the Mount Pitt Road entrance and walk along the track up Mt Pitt. Enjoy the expansive views from the top looking south over Norfolk to Phillip Island. This track was the main access to Mt Pitt prior to World War II. You can still see the remnants of a gun emplacement on this track.
A moderate, steep walk | 540 m
Start this walk from the Red Road entrance to the park and follow the path to the 'dry waterfall'. Look closely and you will see McLachlan's old house site among the Norfolk pine and white oak forest. At the end of the track you will discover a lush valley with a waterfall that flows after good rain.
A moderate walk | 650 m
Red Road Track
Take this walk from the Red Road car park towards the top of Mt Bates. Experience the grandeur of some magnificent stands of Norfolk pine, one of the island's best known icons. Catch glimpses into deep valleys filled with palms and ferns. This is a good place to spot birdlife - maybe even the Norfolk Island green parrot.
A moderate walk | 1.7 km
Take the Bridle Track from below the grassy slope at Captain Cook Monument to the intersection at Red Road Track. Meander up and around the edge of the coastline through coastal vegetation, Norfolk Island pines and white oaks. Enjoy spectacular views of the coastline and islets.
An easy to moderate walk, some steep sections | 1.7 km
Palm Glen Circuit Track
Take this link walk from the Palm Glen Circuit Track to connect with the Red Road Track. This is your chance to see beautiful stands of native Norfolk palm among giant tree ferns. You may also spot the large and very old bastard oak (Ungeria floribunda) endemic to Norfolk.
An easy walk | 290 m
Walk along the ridge top from the peak of Mt Pitt to the peak of Mt Bates - the highest points on the island. Venture through tea-tree forest and stately Norfolk pines. Catch spectacular panoramic views across the island and along the coast.
An easy walk | 500 m
Mount Bates Track
Start at Mt Pitt Road. The wide grassy track skirts the top edge of the ridge through palm forests with amazing island views to the south-east of the island. You will be rewarded for your climb with breathtaking views to the north-west. Excavations at the top are relics of a WWII radar station.
An easy walk | 620 m