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Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area

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Address: Norfolk Island, Australia

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Lots of Norfolk Islands history here

Lots of old ruins to visit and walk around, all for free and most are wheelchair accessible. Heaps of parking and of course toilets never too far away. You can spend hours... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
New Zealand
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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots of old ruins to visit and walk around, all for free and most are wheelchair accessible. Heaps of parking and of course toilets never too far away. You can spend hours checking out the area and reading the information boards dotted around.

Thank Found_Lost_Key
Magnetic Island, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a few days exploring the Kingston township of old convict ruins and enjoyed it immensely. The cemetery was well worth the guided tour, as was the museums pass to all the historical buildings as they are spread about the township area. A must do is a swim in Emily Bay just beautiful. Our full stay was week and... More 

Thank Rosie E
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

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.

Thank Ron W
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

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

Thank illana15
Yulara, Australia
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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.

Thank Brisbane41
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 

Thank OokiDooki
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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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.

Thank Madstravel
Adelaide, Australia
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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.

Thank TwoHons
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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.

Thank Mike G
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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