Bridle Track to Bird Rock

Norfolk Island
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This spectacular walk takes you from Captain Cook Monument along the cliff top, with its crashing waves and azure waters below, to Bird and Elephant Rock, before heading on an inland loop, famed for its bird life. The largest pine trees on the island can be seen along Bridle Track.

Bird Watching
Heritage Sites
Picnic Facilities
Dogs Permitted
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

Flights from Brisbane and Sydney. From Burnt Pine Township roundabout, take Taylors Road west and then Grassy Road north past the hospital. Turn left down Mission Road and right at the end along Anson Bay Road till you turn right into Bullock's Hut Road (signposted) and right again into Captain Cook Road, which will take you into the National Park and the visitor car park and picnic area.


Norfolk Island NP Walks. There is also a free 'Visit Norfolk Island' app available.

Route/Trail notes:

Walk down to the Captain Cook Monument and Lookout and to your right you will see the start of the Bridle Track that meanders along the cliff edge for about 1km, before a steep detour inland, where you take a left down Red Stone Link Track to the lookout above Bird Rock.

From here, head back inland along Bird Rock Track till it cuts the Bridle Track, turning right and returning to the start of your walk.



Other References/Comments;

National Parks have done a great job of making all their tracks 'tourist friendly' with very good signage, information boards and clear structured pathways, which can be pretty steep in places. First NP I have come across that allows on leash dogs, all be it you are unlikely to take your dog on holiday here! There are baited traps everywhere, which helps keep the rodent population of Polynesian and Brown Rats down.

The GPS track posted is accurate, but unfortunately for some reason, the elevations are way out.

With no snakes to watch out for, keep your eyes peeled for the prolific bird life. Not sure what bird it is (visual or sound), then download the free 'Norfolk Islands Birds' app produced by National Parks. Could it be the elusive and endangered Green Parrot of which there are only 200 left?


I was so enchanted by this walk, that I did it twice in the week I was on the Island. I just could not get over the beautiful coastal views and spent ages at Bird Rock just watching the ocean and bird life. Even managed to 'call in' a Green Parrot along the Bird Rock Track using the app.

F.A.B. on 4 Nov, 2019


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