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Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area

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Address: Norfolk Island, Australia
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Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area is really steeped in history of the penal settlement of days gone by. Some buildings have been restored to reflect its glorious past... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area is really steeped in history of the penal settlement of days gone by. Some buildings have been restored to reflect its glorious past. Interesting to wander through the convict ruins and read the plaques of the history of this place

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

When going through this area you just have to spend the $25 for the 4 tag-along tours and admission to all the museums. The history is certainly different to the movies' portrayals. It is on a par with Port Arthur but , when yoyo hear the history you understand why

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We purchased Museum passes for $25.00 was money well spent. This included a tag a long tour over 2 days. The historians were so informative. You could visit the museums as many times as you wished

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

UNESCO world heritage site. You can wander around at will or join a group tour, visiting the museums with informative guides. The beautiful coastline belies the awful conditions the prisoners faced but now the lovely friendly islanders welcome you. Lots of history, good food , walks in the national park and a pristine beach.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This is a world heritage site - something I didn't know until I visited. Buildings and entire area very well maintained. Quite a surprise to visit beautifully restored Georgian buildings. The whole area is immaculately maintained - mobile lawn mowers. (free range cows) We picked up a detailed brochure and went on the self-guided tour - well sign posted with... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

A must see when visiting Norfolk Island. The history and the relationship to the penal colonies of Sydney and the wreck of the Sirius are all recorded in the Kingston museums. It brought to life the treatment handed out to those prisoners transported from Sydney. Their life must have been hell. It is easy to walk to all the museums... More 

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Redcliffe, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Kingston & Arthur's Vale Historic Area is an area where the second settlement buildings have been preserved, amongst lush green fields. The old buildings are beautiful, and there are many wonderful opportunities for the avid photographer! Overlooking Phillip Island, there are 4 museums to visit. You can buy a pass to all 4 which then entitles you to take part... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This historic area is one of the 11 convict sites that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Convict Sites in Australia and deservedly so. You can walk all over the site and through the open-air buildings. The interpretive signs are great and in the Royal Engineers Office (REO) you can purchase a great book that has copies of all... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This is the area that you can see through the culture and history in Norfolk island. It's also where the local government is located.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Another of the endless places on the Island that you MUST visit! The sheer natural beauty, rich history and friendly lovely people make this a must stop!

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Address: Norfolk Island, Australia
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Norfolk Island

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