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Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area

Norfolk Island, Australia
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Auburn, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Very well maintained. If you are into the history of Australia penal settlements you wont be dissapointed. All the museums are very well looked after

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Taking time to walk around and read the plaques spread throughout this breathtakingly scenic area gives a very realistic picture of the history behind Norfolk Island's early settlement. Any one of a number of guided tours can help you do this. Add a visit to the K.A.V.H.A museum set up in the beautifully restored No 9 Quality Row where the... More

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Perth Western Australia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
10 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Some fabulous museums, stunning views and a delightful place to amble.... Such incredible history, recommend the Sirius Museum, Commisariat and it's DVDs-well worth settling in and watching!

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Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Climb to Flagstaff Hill up the the created stairway to Flagstaff Hill and lovely views of Kingston and Arthur's Vale and out to Emily Bay, worth the climb!

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Canberra, Australia
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15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This rather significant historical area is an exceptional place to visit - it easily justifies its inclusion on the world heritage list. To wander around here, read the various inscriptions, look over the beautifully maintained heritage buildings and gaze out at the amazing coastline is a very special thing to do. You can easily do this by yourself or take... More

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Rolleston, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This area is very special and has been rated as such by being designated a world heritage site. The buildings are every bit as fine as historical buildings I have seen in Europe. It is great to see the respect that locals and visitors alike have for this area.

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Queensland
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154 reviews 154 reviews
44 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We visited this area on the Bounty Day weekend and found ourselves continually returning. The feel of the area is very tranquil despite its brutal past. Great picnic spot dot the area. Buildings are accessible (though not always open) allowing you walk through the gaol site and around the buildings by the pier. A walk to Flagstaff hill gives you... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

we loved every thing about this area ,the restoration that has been done & continues to be done is quite amazing, it is a haunting place ,quite beautiful .Hard to believe it was such a cruel place & that some prisoners actually survived .

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Kanwal, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Beautifully maintained historic buildings, some still occupied as homes! Gorgeous location. Several museums, all very interesting. Endless photo ops.

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Bathurst, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The historical area of Kingston was a showcase of renovated buildings that are presented in their former condition. Good Friday combined churches service at All Saints was a highlight of the visit. Really there is not much to dislike about Norfolk Island on the whole, maybe the state of the roads but since the speed limit is 60 kph that... More

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