Palm Glen to Mount Pitt

Norfolk Island
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This walk takes you up through Palm Glen to the summits of Mount Bates and Mount Pitt, with its many heritage WWII remnants and expansive 360° views from Norfolk Island's highest peaks.

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 New Cascade Road north and then left into JE Road and left again into Selwyn Pine Road. This takes you into the National Park but be aware that part of this is a dry weather only gravel track. A parking and picnic area is at the end of the track.


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

Route/Trail notes:

From the car park and picnic area, take the left side entrance onto Palm Glen Circuit. At the top, turn left on a short track that takes you onto Red Road Track, where you turn left and at its end, turn right onto the Summit Track up to Mount Bates and then across on to Mount Pitt.

Return by the same route, but when you hit the top of the Palm Glen Circuit, turn left to complete the circuit back to the car park.



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?


Having walked to Mount Pitt from the other side in the morning, I took the Palm Glen route up in the afternoon. Unfortunately a thunderstorm blew in whilst on top, so beat the hasty retreat.

F.A.B. on 6 Nov, 2019


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