"Not your standard South Pacific Island" Top 5 Page for this destination Norfolk Island by al2401
Norfolk Island Travel Guide: 91 reviews and 264 photos
The first thing I noticed about Norfolk Island was its size - or lack of it. You can drive from one side of the island along winding roads in about 5 minutes. It has an area of 34.6 km² and is home to just over 2,000.
The next is that the tallest building is three stories. The third and most important to me is that you have landed in photographer's paradise. There are numerous bays from which to take in the blue Pacific, colonial architecture and ruins and if you are there to coincide with the arrival of 'the ship' you will understand how almost everything on the island is brought ashore and why the basics are expensive.
Duty Free and 'Luxury' shopping is great on Norfolk Island - although an external territory of Australia there are no taxes.
Norfolk Island was discovered by Captain James Cook in 1774 and he named it after the Duchess of Norfolk. It was only settled in 1788 when the Governor of New South Wales sent a party to investigate the use of the tall straight Norfolk Pine as ships masts. The party, under Lt. Philip Gidley King R.N., consisted of convicts and guards. The project was a failure and the settlement of Kingston was abandoned in 1814. This was the second ecorded settlement of the island as there had been an earlier inhabitation by Polynesians.
The third period of Norfolk Island history, between 1826 and 1856 saw one of the worst examples of man's inhumanity to his fellow man. Kingston was re-established as a penal colony for viscious criminals and repeat offenders from New South Wales and Tasmania.
The penal colony was abandoned in 1856 and shortly after the island was made an independant settlement for the descendants of the Bounty mutineers whose island home of Pitcairn was unable to support the growing population. These settlers form the core of Norfolk society today.
From 1867 to 1920 the Melanesian Mission operated from Norfolk Island and in 1880 the chapel of St Barnabas was dedicated to the then bishop of Melanesia, Bishop Patterson.
The church is made from rough-hewn stone and massive dark timbers. It is decorated inside with pearl shell mosaics and carvings done by the Solomon Islanders. The ceiling was made by boatbuilders and can be seen to be designed as an upturned boat.
- Pros:A great range of activities are available given its size
- Cons:7 days will be enough
- In a nutshell:A great short restful holiday.
There are plenty of places on Norfolk Island to take a picnic. One of the least well known is Two Chimneys - I don't... more travel advice
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