This review covers three distinctly seperate attractions within the National Park of Norfolk Island:
1) Captain Cook monument - this is simply a must-see location. You walk down a thin grassy outcrop to the cliff edge which is safely platformed with barriers to the most incredible 180 degree view across Cathredral Rock and back to Duncombe Bay. Breathtaking. However, if you are an intrepid walker, and decide to follow Bridle Track, please take extreme care here. There is NO safety fence, and one wrong step on this thin windy walk will be your last. Not for the kids please!
2) Mount Pitt & Mount Bates - you will drive to the summit of Mount Pitt and be able to soak up almost 360 degree views of the whole island. Simply amazing. You can then commence a 15 minute walk through rainforest to Mount Bates. The walk is at least 1 km despite the sign that says it is 500 metres. It includes some rather steep inclines so it is for the moderately able walkers - not the elderly or frail.
3) Botanical Garden walk - this is the least impressive walk. To be fair, the natural fauna of the island does not really include flowers - so visually it is all basically green undergrowth and spiky lush plants. The actual wooden walkways are in very good condition, full of meandering different walks that descend into the thick undergrowth but be very mindful of large, and somewhat unsettling masses of Golden Orb spider webs onstructing your path. If you are arachnophobic, I recommend you skip this visit, or walk behind someone more intrepid.
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