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Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area

Norfolk Island, Australia
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Wow. Love this place

This place is amazing. We did the tour with pine tree tours as the tour guides have so much... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sharon C
Cranebrook, Australia
A life changing experience

This is a must so you can appreciate the horror that happened to a lot of everyday people who had... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Taree, Australia
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Norfolk Island, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is amazing. We did the tour with pine tree tours as the tour guides have so much knowledge. This was extremely interesting and well worth a visit.

Thank Sharon C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must so you can appreciate the horror that happened to a lot of everyday people who had been transported from their homeland. I could almost hear the cries of anguish and terror that emanated from within the prison walls and surroundings.

Thank pfg20082017
Reviewed 7 November 2017

You can wander around this area reading the landmark information boards and find out plenty of the old history. You can drive to each point of interest easily with plenty of space for parking. Some buildings are well preserved others are ruins but their purpose...More

Thank Hazel H
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Interesting and full of history - but also very chilling. Unfortunately, inhumane incarceration is still with us; this sheds a small light on our atrocious history. And it's good it hasn't been obliterated, history has not been sanitised.

Thank sooz160
Reviewed 18 October 2017

John Christian gave us a very realistic brief as we toured the historic area. Hard to believe how hard life was, for both convicts and warders,back in those early days. As we moved around we were followed by a local dark pigeon with a sore...More

Thank HACKER69
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Very well maintained and no charge to wander through ruins. Great experience to wander through the past.

Thank Karen G
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This is the not to be missed part of Norfolk. It is just worth wandering arond and taking in the history. You can spend as little or as much time here as you like. (We spent time there on five of our six days on...More

Thank brigadier
Reviewed 3 October 2017

What a beautiful island. Rich volcanic soil, magnificent (but useless for logging so they are still there) pine trees, very friendly locals, a surprising variety of activities available fir such a small place. I went there to compete in the annual Pacific triples lawn bowls...More

Thank John A
Reviewed 2 October 2017

The most amazing thing about the convict ruins on Norfolk Island is their accessibility. You can drive right up to them, past them, through them, walk around and see everything you want for nothing. There are several Museums of worthwhile atefcats/displays/information which are fee-charging, and...More

Thank 842brucec
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The earliest Australian history 1788 is here, right here on N.I. First Fleet crew and convicts sent here to set up for future migration and settlement. At times it is nothing short of horror and awe at the incredible wonder of these English people coming...More

Thank Penelope M
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