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Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area

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The opportunity to walk around and see history dating to early days of NSW plus others from other islands back to about 1200 CE.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Robert B
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Pymble, Australia
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Pymble, Australia
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35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The opportunity to walk around and see history dating to early days of NSW plus others from other islands back to about 1200 CE.

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Maclean NSW
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52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting this area of Norfolk Island is a must for tourists. You are immersed in the history of this penal settlement and are able to get hands-on experience. You need a guide sooner or later to learn the information then go back and lie on the grass and imagine the lives that passed through here. Not only is this area... More 

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Thank Blujinja
Hobart
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117 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is best visited with a guide so one gets the full historic impact. The whole area is well preserved and whilst one cringes at how fellow human beings were treated, it clearly depicts our early history.

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Thank Tassie-ite
Adelaide, Australia
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27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful setting with great views from the nearby hills. Lovely green grass, norfolk pines and bordered by the sea. 4 museums all worth a visit and well preserved buildings from the convict and subsequent eras

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Thank Snorkeller101
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52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This site is worth the whole trip to Norfolk is. even if you don't do anything else. You can feel the pain and suffering of the convicts as you walk through the grounds and yet it is such a beautiful place with amazing architecture and technology for its time. I never tire of visiting this place and I have been... More 

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Thank Allison W
Mudgee
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

A wonderful place to wonder around. Very easy walking. Stunning scenery and unlimited photography opportunity.great places to picnic. Free with the option of various museums and displays at reasonable rates.

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Thank Mudgeetravellers
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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99 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This is where the story of Norfolk Island starts and is a must-visit. Would recommend you join a guided tour or take along a good self-guide book or the numerous buildings and ruins will mean little. There are excellent tours by locals who have a deep knowledge and appreciation of the area.

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Thank Joan0452013
Hobart, Australia
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

The site is so beautifully preserved and cared for. A took several long walks with my camera. I also took 3 different bus tours of the site, each focusing on a different period of history. Max from Pine Tree Tours was by far the best tour. The whole area is a credit to the people of Norfolk Island

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Thank Glenys L
macksvillle
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67 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Brutal and bloody history - you really need to do a tour or research well before hand to get the most out of this attraction.

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Thank Anne N
Maclean, Australia
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48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

A must see on how the convicts lived & worked back then. The ruins are magnificent. Take a tour with a guide to learn in depth the stories of this area.

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