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Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area

Address: Norfolk Island, Australia
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Milperra NSW Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed visiting this area and a "Tag-a-long Tour" is a great way to start. Janine who is a descendant told us so much about the history. As it was raining we drove to each Museum. The Sirius relics and DVD of retrieving artifacts from the seafront was so interesting and informative. One of the main reasons we did this... More 

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Brisbane
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20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Loved the Kingston area. It is well worth a visit. The tag-along tours are really interesting. It's wonderful to see the locals talking about their history - and a lot are direct desendants of people from the "Bounty". The ruins of the convict settlement are still standing and there is a good display of old photos in the surgeons quarters... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

In this area you can walk among historical buildings and visit pristine museums which would rival museums in bigger cities. The information is beautifully presented and life breathed into the history by locals who tell the stories from their perspective with their 'tag-along-tours'. All this sits at the edge of the ocean with beautiful views as far as the eye... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This area is a must-see for all visitors to Norfolk Island....primarily for it's history & still standing convict ruins. It is best visited with a guide as they are so knowledgeable in the ancient history. The local community are to be commended for leaving as much of the convict ruins as preserved as they have...as it tells a very interesting... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Kingston area is full of history. The more time you spend there the more information and stories you hear. Go to the museums and do the tag-along tours - the guides are extremely passionate and knowledgeable.

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Canberra
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36 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

You can walk around the area, reading the signs and visiting the museums. I do recommend joining one of the tours that bring you down here - lots of extra information on these.

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Queensland
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Really enjoyed exploring this area - would need more than the week we had to do it justice. Staff lovely and informative. Great value passes. I don't usually enjoy 'convict history' but so much more to the history than this aspect - fascinating stories in detail of the Bounty mutineers and their families, the shipwreck, and also the industries set... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This is what it's all about....living history, the beginning of colonial times on the island a true education about the lives of the prisoners and soldiers when NI was first a penal colony. Apart from Port Arthur in Tas I do not think there is anywhere else that can take you back in time like Kingston. Take your time, walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We walked around this area ourselves over a couple of days. There was so much to see and absorb. We felt that the original Surgeon's hut was a must. It was a gold coin donation and was an exhibition of old photos put together by the Lions club. This was a wonderful pictorial history of Norfolk Island.

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Waitara, Taranaki, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I have seen the ruins many times - but every trip I discover a bit more - this time it was the somewhat morbidly fascinating steps to the gallows. The closeness of exhibits in the museum and hand on reality of the ruins is unlike any other. A poignant, reflective place.

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