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IT'S now official. The world has recog-
nised what Norfolk Islanders have long
known -- that their historical sites are
The Kingston and Arthur's Vale
Historic Area has been added to the World
Heritage Listings, as part of the
Australian Convict Site inscription, recog-
nising the true significance of Norfolk's
unique and fascinating heritage.
The area is regarded as one of the best
preserved historical sites in the Pacific,
giving a real sense of connection to the
past as visitors walk among the ruins of
what was once one of the most brutal
penal settlements in the British colonies.
While Norfolk Islanders celebrated the
news of the UNESCO listing in August,
then Federal Environment Minister Peter
Garrett emphatically declared: "Australia
has received the Nobel prize of heritage
The beautiful island in the South Pacific,
now an external territory of Australia, had
two periods of convict history.
Governor Arthur Philip established a
prison colony there in 1788, but it only
lasted a few years. The island then lay
abandoned until a second, much harsher,
penal colony was established from 1825
The convict-built Georgian buildings in
Kingston are today used as administrative
centres, museums, private homes and the
Norfolk Island Parliament.
Visitors can take an in-depth tour of the
settlement and stroll through the convict
cemetery to learn the historical facts
behind the convict and colonial headstones.
One of the most popular attractions is
Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama, an amazing
360 degree pictorial display that vividly
illustrates one the world's most famous
seafaring stories, the Mutiny on the
Bounty, and the connection to the island.
St Barnabas Chapel was built during
the Melanesian mission in the 1880s with a
now-famous rose window and stained
For more information on Kingston and
Arthur's Vale Historic Area and the World
Heritage listing see www.kavha.gov.nf and
Norfolk Air operates regular Boeing 737
flights from Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney
and Melbourne, while Air New Zealand
flies a weekly A320 service from Auckland.
ON WORLD STAGE -- Norfolk Island's UNESCO-listed Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area.
NORFOLK Island specialist Oxley
Travel has a seven-night package
staying at Governors Lodge Resort.
The resort has 51 executive cottages --
one fully equipped for people with dis-
abilities, and four deluxe spa cottages.
For in-house dining, guests can choose
Bailey's Restaurant in the beautifully
restored homestead, or the All Day Cafe.
There is also has a sparkling pool,
heated spa and adjoining tennis court.
Prices range from $1559 from
Brisbane, $1589 from Newcastle, $1619
from Sydney and $1689 from Melbourne.
This includes return flights, accommo-
dation, buffet breakfast daily, car hire,
free half-day island tour and more. Book
by October 31 but the offer is valid for
travel until February 28. A restaurant
voucher to the value of $80 is available
for those who travel before November 30.
OMNICHE Holidays is offering a
stay in an historic 4.5 star, award-
winning homestead directly linked to
Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian.
Christian's of Bucks Point is a
home overlooking Ball Bay.
The seven-night stays with hire car,
airport meet and greet, three island
tours and all pre-payable taxes range
from $1515 per person quad-share
from Brisbane, with prices available
for other states, bookable now for
travel until March 31 next year.
Christian Bailey, a direct descen-
dent of the Bounty mutiny leader, said
the area's inclusion on the World
Heritage List would lift the tiny
island into a whole new league.
"We are delighted with the decision
and have put together a great holiday
package for history lovers wanting to
learn more about Norfolk Island's rich
penal and maritime heritage," he said.
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