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Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area

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Address: Norfolk Island, Australia
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The whole Kingston area is an absolute must to visit and explore when on beautiful norfolk island. This place is rich in history and just so beautiful, even with its dark past.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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96 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

The whole Kingston area is an absolute must to visit and explore when on beautiful norfolk island. This place is rich in history and just so beautiful, even with its dark past.

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Sydney, Australia
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231 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the museums don't do much for me, but wlaking around down here, letting it speak to you - it is special fell. All free, and in paradise - when it was hell for them

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Yulara, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

A well preserved area of the remains of the early settlements on Norfolk Island. There are plenty of signs out informing what the buildings are. The grass is cut and obstruction free giving easy access. The area is very photographic if anything but there is not much left of what it originally was.

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Gosford, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Make sure you get the museum pass as you can use it for you whole stay, that way you can do the tag along tours and then pop back in at your own pace. If you are into history then you will enjoy it all. The whole area is just so pretty its hard to believe that so much cruelty... More 

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Well preserved houses and building all around the area as well a the remains of the Convict era. There were restorations underway at the 'church' and we were not sure if we could go in. Other buildings seemed to be either occupied or derelict. It would have been nice to look inside some of them.

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Read up on the area first and then go visit. Get a Museum pass and check them out and read the signage. The KARVA Information Centre is also worth a visit.

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Rockhampton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

Probably the highlight of any trip to Norfolk, be sure to visit all the museums on offer and absorb the rich history of this fantastic area. A wonderful and at times sad place to take in the history of this unique area.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

We have spent many hours walking around this area taking it all in. Make sure you take photos of all the information boards and take lots of photos. It is so interesting to walk and think how it might have been in the day. Just a beautiful setting for so much hardship and sadness. That is what history is for... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

The Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) on Norfolk Island is of outstanding significance to the nation as a convict settlement spanning the era of transportation to eastern Australia between 1788 and 1855.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

So much history, so many photos to take. Take time to read any information boards (or better yet, take a photo of them!) so you can really understand what you are looking at and just what has gone on there over the centuries.

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