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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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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The juxtaposition of a sad and brutal history in such a beautiful tranquil setting adds to the poignancy and, in a way, the 'drama' of the traveller's experience here. We found guides and museum staff to be universally well-informed and glad to share their fascinating history.

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Port Macquarie
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

My friend and I went here as we were tracing our first fleeters. The site is wonderfully preserved. The building and staff are full of history. Thank you Norfolker's for preserving this incredibly piece of Australian history.

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Taree
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This is the area where the early settlers arrived. It is steeped in history. Most of the buildings are beautifully preserved.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I am a museum enthusiast and the museum's here were informative and carefully tended by people who obviously cared about their heritage,

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Auburn, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
10 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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