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Burnt Pine is the commercial and residential hub of Norfolk Island. The site of most of the leading hotels and shops, as well as other infrastructure, most visitors will either stay in Burnt Pine or spend a lot of their time there.
While not the official capital of the island, Burnt Pine is definitely the hub. The town consists of Taylor's Road and a number of shops, hotels and restaurants either side of it. Grassy Road joins Taylor's at the end closest to the airport, while Queen Elizabeth Avenue is located at the far end.
The rather grandiosely named Norfolk Island International Airport is located near the Grassy Road intersection. This is the only way onto and off the island.
Try to arrange either a lift from the airport to your accommodation or (if you've hired a car) pick it up from the carpark. Most guesthouses will offer this as a matter of course, and in some cases the staff will seem slightly affronted if you drive yourself up Taylor's Road.
It might only be one road, but Taylor's is surprisingly long when you're weighed down with suitcases. Besides, a car is necessary to see the rest of the island.
Burnt Pine can be walked around quite easily, although the amount of shopping on offer might make a car a necessity.
If so, the simplest option is to hire a car for the duration of your stay. Borry's Rental Cars, located near The Village Place, as well as Martin's, Father's and Hibiscus Rentals all offer a range of vehicles.
A taxi service is beginning to establish itself as a means of getting around, but costs may prove prohibitive for trips up and down Taylor's Road.