Welcome to Castaway.  We hope you choose us for your Norfolk Island Holiday.

Your hosts are Sarah and Tony Watts who have undertaken a major refurbishment of the premises that were built in the 1970s by Sarah’s grandfather, Ken Prentice.

Sarah, Tony,  Stella and schnoodle, Pepsi, will do all they can to ensure you enjoy your stay at Castaway, an oasis of calm in the centre of Norfolk Island.

If you want to know about Norfolk Island beaches, then this is the best.  Emily Bay on Norfolk Island was voted one of the world’s best beaches in 2014.

And that is the pontoon in its midst that is a favourite playground and ‘battlefield’from spring through to early autumn for kids and adults alike.

The sand is white, soft, and ideal for lazing around.

Protected by a reef, the crystal clear waters of Emily Bay are ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

Just out from Emily Bay is Slaughter Bay where windy days see sail boards whizzing by with the southern hemispheres best collection of restored convict buildings as a backdrop.

Beyond the reef is a favourite spot for frontier surfing.

There are eight hotel-style units with across-island and sea views, and six one bedroom apartments available in an outstanding garden setting with one of Norfolk’s best banyan trees as a backdrop.  The apartments can be configured into two bedroom apartments.  Ideal Norfolk Island accommodation.  Have a look through each of our rooms for further information.


  • Rooms fully serviced daily
  • Breakfast café and bar
  • Meeting room
  • Complimentary guest laundry
  • Clothes lines
  • Mobile wood-fired pizza oven
  • On-site managers
  • One of the largest banyan trees on the island

The name Bumboras is derived from Bombora, an Australian Aboriginal word meaning an area of large sea waves breaking over a shallow area such as a submerged rock shelf or a reef. Bombora waves are attractive to surfers, and the waves off Bumboras Reserve (affectionately known as “Bumby”) are certainly that, as well as being one of Norfolk’s most beautiful and unspoilt beaches. The board walk is a beauty, and a visit to Bumby is a must do when you holiday on Norfolk Island.

When you choose Castaway for your Norfolk Island accommodation you will be delighted with the choices that the recent refurbishment has brought about.

The rooms are fresh and vibrant, and modern.  You can enjoy the new breakfast café, or unwind at the bar, on the café terrace, or on your patio.  With flowers as beautiful as these nearby.

And being centrally located to the island’s commercial district, you can stroll to the shops, and book one of the many tours or attractions of Norfolk Island.

Kingston on Norfolk Island holds a special place in Norfolk Island history, indeed in the history of Australia.

This is the view of Kingston from Flagstaff Hill. And to the right of the pier is where the first European settlers landed on March 6 1788. Six weeks after the first settlement at Sydney, to establish a ‘food bowl’ for the Sydney settlement.

The buildings and pier are all convict-built, and were World-Heritage listed in 2010. They represent one of the world’s best examples of buildings in a convict settlement.

Flagstaff Hill gets its name from the flags that were placed up its rise as a guide for ships entering Sydney Bay.

You should make sure a walk up Flagstaff is on your Norfolk Island itinerary.