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Norfolk Island
Dot and Tom Bacon

 Dot and Tom Bacon recently spent an enjoyable holiday on this South Pacific Island. Here they tell something of what a visitor may expect to find there.

 The Norfolk Group of three small islands can be found 1610kms ENE of Sydney in the Pacific Ocean.  

Norfolk Island has an area of 3455ha, approx. 7km x 9km; the two smaller islands Nepean and Philip are sanctuaries.  

The climate is sub topical promoting a lush growth of palms; Kentia Palm for the seed, Banana Palms plus the Norfolk Island Pine Trees which dominate the island to mention just a few.  

From the Island's discovery in 1774 by Captain James Cook, the Island has been subject to many changes from the convict period to the settlement of descendants of the Bounty mutineers. Today it is a unique island to visit, of outstanding scenery and great hospitality.  

The vast grassed regions throughout the island are well cut and maintained by the resident cattle who have absolute right of way over all traffic. Cattle grids protect resident's homes and the town centre. Speed limit in the town, Burnt Pine, is 40 km/h. The National Parks and sea front historic buildings 25 km/h with an increase in speed to 50 km/h. (Ideal for A30s?)  

Supplies are brought to the island by ship from New Zealand on a regular basis, providing the weather is acceptable, as all cargo must be transferred on Lighters to and from the ship to a landing.  

Generally Air Services are maintained twice a week, also subject to conditions.

Vehicles, mainly small to medium Toyota, Mazda, Hyundai etc. are shipped from New Zealand (ex used vehicles). Fuel costs were observed at $1.45 per litre UL.  

Of the services, electricity is generated from a large diesel plant, the community is responsible for the collection and storage of their own water; gas and LPG being transferred from the mainland.  

The Airport, initially constructed by the Americans during the Second World War of metal plating, has since been replaced with conventional runways, neatly landscaped occupying the SW corner of the island.  

The remains of the old penal settlement at Kingston and restored buildings provide a wealth of information for the visitors, along with the variety of shops and wares within Burnt Pine.  

Should you choose, there are many half-day activities that can be undertaken at very reasonable costs and expertly organised to suit all needs.  

For us a 24 hour delay in departure due to weather was welcomed.  

Highly recommended.  

Dot and Tom Bacon