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Norfolk Island, New South Wales

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Now a tourist resort some 1600 kms north-east of Sydney in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Norfolk Island began its modern history when Captain James Cook explored the island in 1774.

It was then covered with luxuriant timber - the Norfolk Island Pine and Britain claimed the jewelled isle as her own. It is not in fact a "pine" tree, but an evergreen tree of the araucaria family that stand straight and tall in the strongest of winds. When the timber proved to be unsuitable for naval ship masts, the island was turned into a notorious prison (1788 - 1855). Many buildings from the old prison colony have been lovingly restored as tourist attractions, complete with guided tours that recount tales of cruel prison life and hardship.

In the second half of the 19th Century, the descendants of the sailors from the Bounty (participants of the famous Mutiny on the Bounty led by Fletcher Christian) took up residency on the island, then under the governance of Tasmania. It was not until 1913 that Norfolk Island gained partial autonomy when the island was proclaimed under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Visitors to Norfolk Island will require a passport – with the side benefit of plenty of duty free shopping to be had. The well-developed tourism industry provides holiday makers with excellent restaurants, golf, fishing and bushwalking.

Things to do

  • Historic Settlement - walk around the historic settlement of Kingston with 4 museums (including a chapel and old residence) and the Bounty Folk Museum with its large collection of memorabilia.
  • Walking Tracks - in the Norfolk Island National Park through lush palm forests and stands of Norfolk Island Pine
  • Horse riding - and horse and carriage tours with Clydesdale horses
  • Leisure Activities - golf, diving, fishing, mountain biking, bowls and water sports
  • Island Discovery Tours - take a glass bottomed boat around the island to see the marine life underwater
  • Tax Free Shopping - no GST! For everything from cosmetics to electrical goods to specialty items.

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