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Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area

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Address: Norfolk Island, Australia
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Wonderful area.

This area is unique and I'm glad it has been put on the Heritage listing.Make sure you spend time walking around this area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This area is unique and I'm glad it has been put on the Heritage listing.Make sure you spend time walking around this area.

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Pokeno
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Well kept grounds, interesting ruins and beautifully restored buildings. Informative storyboards and information/research centres.

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Brisbane, Australia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I was fascinated as well as very sad wandering around this place on several occasions during my stay. At dusk the place has a gorgeous atmosphere just perfect for photo opportunities across to the nearby Nepean and Phillip Islands bathed in the sun's rosy glow, as well as haunting images of those magnificent ruins and stately old homes - and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Well preserved history especially the cemetery which is still in used today. There was even the grave of a USA citizen who had been killed by a "miscreant creek" (creek indian?!)

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Marvellous tag a long tours of four of the most important museums, inv Clouding the most recent Sirius collection. Fantastic ruins and restored buildings.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The tour provided by Pinetree tours is a half day escorted. the local driver knows the island and the horrific things that occured there during convict times. To appreciate you really have to visit Norfolk.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

If history can be compared with wealth, then Norfolk Island is a millionaire. KAHVA is the centre of it - where the first and second settlements started and where the Pitcairn Islanders first settled. I'd suggest getting a museum pass for $25 which allows you unlimited entry into the 4 museums plus 2 tag-a-long tours, each of which covers 2... More 

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Berwick, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Be sure to visit during the day with the Convict Settlement Tour and then at night for the Sound and Light show. Watch the ships being unloaded at the pier. Get there early to watch vehicles arrive tied between boats.

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NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The history on Norfolk is so very interesting, but also very sad. The buildings tell their own story. They are all still in there original state, as no changes are permitted, apart from upkeep. The are beautifully maintained. A very interesting tour.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Great historical significance of the penal settlement at Kingston. There are 4 museums and various buildings (some restored) to explore. We did a tag-along tour of two museums with a very informative guide, who also did our cemetery tour. We purchased a Museum Pass which allowed us to visit all four buildings as often as we liked (a much more... More 

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