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Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area

Norfolk Island, Australia
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Georgian architecture in a superb setting

You can wander around this area reading the landmark information boards and find out plenty of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hazel H
,
Boonah, Australia
"Hell in Paradise"

Interesting and full of history - but also very chilling. Unfortunately, inhumane incarceration is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sooz160
,
Brisbane Region, Australia
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“dark past” (3 reviews)
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Norfolk Island, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can wander around this area reading the landmark information boards and find out plenty of the old history. You can drive to each point of interest easily with plenty of space for parking. Some buildings are well preserved others are ruins but their purpose...More

Thank Hazel H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting and full of history - but also very chilling. Unfortunately, inhumane incarceration is still with us; this sheds a small light on our atrocious history. And it's good it hasn't been obliterated, history has not been sanitised.

Thank sooz160
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

John Christian gave us a very realistic brief as we toured the historic area. Hard to believe how hard life was, for both convicts and warders,back in those early days. As we moved around we were followed by a local dark pigeon with a sore...More

Thank HACKER69
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Very well maintained and no charge to wander through ruins. Great experience to wander through the past.

Thank Karen G
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This is the not to be missed part of Norfolk. It is just worth wandering arond and taking in the history. You can spend as little or as much time here as you like. (We spent time there on five of our six days on...More

Thank brigadier
Reviewed 3 October 2017

What a beautiful island. Rich volcanic soil, magnificent (but useless for logging so they are still there) pine trees, very friendly locals, a surprising variety of activities available fir such a small place. I went there to compete in the annual Pacific triples lawn bowls...More

Thank John A
Reviewed 2 October 2017

The most amazing thing about the convict ruins on Norfolk Island is their accessibility. You can drive right up to them, past them, through them, walk around and see everything you want for nothing. There are several Museums of worthwhile atefcats/displays/information which are fee-charging, and...More

Thank 842brucec
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The earliest Australian history 1788 is here, right here on N.I. First Fleet crew and convicts sent here to set up for future migration and settlement. At times it is nothing short of horror and awe at the incredible wonder of these English people coming...More

Thank Penelope M
Reviewed 3 August 2017

So much to learn about the history of this magic place. And whether you join the Tag-a-long tours or meander through the different areas at your own place, this is a "must see" on your visit to Norfolk Island

Thank TanyaYellowRock
Reviewed 31 July 2017

The ruins are second to none but need a tour guide for the first time to get the best out of the ruins and understand the design

Thank 835cdj
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