Blogs from Kingston, Norfolk Island, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Norfolk Island » Kingston November 5th 2023

Tour Day 25, Cruise Day 25 – Day At Sea Tour Day 26, Cruise Day 26 – Day At Sea Tour Day 27, Cruise Day 27 – Cascade, Norfolk Island, Australia Norfolk Island is an external territory of Australia located in the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and New Caledonia, about almost 1000 miles northeast of Sydney. Together with the neighboring Phillip Island and Nepean Island, the three islands collectively form the Territory of Norfolk Island. At the 2021 census, it had 2,188 inhabitants living on a total area of about 14 square miles. Norfolk Island is one of Australia's most isolated communities and one of its oldest territories, having been settled six weeks after Australia's founding settlement at Sydney. The first known settlers in Norfolk Island were East Polynesians but they had already departed when ... read more
Misc. Pictures Around the Dock at Norfolk Island, Australia
Misc. Pictures Around the Dock at Norfolk Island, Australia
Misc. Pictures Around the Dock at Norfolk Island, Australia

Oceania » Australia » Norfolk Island » Kingston February 11th 2021

Today we had a tour of Colleen McCullogh’s house. Her husband still lives in the top storey. The bottom storey is full of her lifetime of collecting. Glass, paintings, sculptures. We were given a tour and explanation of the works on display and a glimpse into the woman. Our guide was an actor from the previous nights play . Another example of the multiple roles people play. In the afternoon Kevin had a hire car so we drove around the island and revisited some sites. In Kingston we saw a great retrospective photo exhibition run by Lions of early life in NI. We also saw some masked boobies on the headland. That night we were collected by the bus for the Island Fish Fry. We had to sit undercover due to the possibility of rain. The ... read more
Entrance to Colleen McCullogh's house
Some of her porcelain collection

Oceania » Australia » Norfolk Island » Kingston February 10th 2021

Sadly it was raining this morning so we didn't get to do the scheduled morning bush walk and breakfast. We had breakfast at the hotel and left at a later time. We stopped at the Botanical Gardens to look at the Discovery Centre. There was a display of the almost extinct Norfolk Island green parrot and many of the native flora and fauna. We stopped at Mt Pitt but could not see anything because of the rain and cloud. Fortunately as we headed to Hilli goat farm the rain eased and then stopped and the sun came out. We were greeted by Emily. We were first taken and given a demonstration of pottery throwing by her Dad. We then met some of her goats and she spoke about her goat cheese business. She has now also ... read more
Hilli Goat Farm and Pottery
Emily tells us about her goats
Our delicious lunch

Oceania » Australia » Norfolk Island » Kingston May 3rd 2018

Just as well we had come for a relaxing holiday as, next morning, we were up at 5am for our 3.5km “bushwalk” which was really a hike, whichever way you wanted to look at it! :) Larry Quintal was our guide – 6th generation “Bounty” mutineer descendant. With tongue-in-cheek and a twinkle in his eye, he said, “you Australians are descendants of convicts but, there is no convict blood in Norfolk Islanders, as they never caught them (the mutineers). He said, “we only stole ships!” :) We had two groups on our morning tour – those of us who were going to do the whole morning bushwalk, a walk of about 3.5 kms through the National Park (that wasn’t here when we were here last – like a lot of other things. :)) and then those ... read more
Norfolk Is Terminal - 1969
Norfolk Is Terminal - 2016
Fairy Tern

Oceania » Australia » Norfolk Island » Kingston March 8th 2008

Hi All! Well today was just wonderful with a very over cast day, it seemed cooler even though I doubt it is. The day started with a 7 am swim at Emily Bay again, last day today for Rhonda she was off on the 2 o’clock plane today. Even MrC came and even though he said it was cold I know he enjoyed it. Also the last day for us too as we will be on a plane at 8 am tomorrow. After breakfast we started out with only two things in mind….one to go back and look in all the shops that we hadn’t been in, and two was to go and look over the Cemetery. We went into all the shops that took our fancy and yes I bought some stuff to bring home… ... read more
Whaler Boat.
Old Kingston.

Oceania » Australia » Norfolk Island » Kingston March 6th 2008

Hello Everyone! Julia and Mark are you home yet? I left MrC in bed again this morning while going off with Rhonda for our 7am swim, Rhonda was right this time and we had the beach to ourselves, and only shared it with a lovely local lady called Dot. As we didn’t have to be anywhere until 11 am MrC and I had a leisurely breakfast on our balcony watching the black chooks that run around here free range. At 11 am we went off to the best day so far, a group of novas actors get together and re-enact the day the first fleeters arrived here on the island in 1780’s. The whole thing was absolutely done wonderfully …see photos, and the whole group cheered as they read out our two names Nathanial Lucas and ... read more
Ruffies Boat.
On the red carpet.
Convict settlement.

Oceania » Australia » Norfolk Island » Kingston March 4th 2008

Afternoon All! Had a great sleep, must be the salt air, (had nothing to do from all the travelling I am sure! Heehee) - both of us woke fresh and ready to go. MrC caught up with his washing, while I cooked breakfast etc. MrC came back from the washing room, saying he was enjoying talking to the people with us down in the units near there, he said Oh it was really nice to talk to them.. and I say…I told you so, and he says… don’t keep going on about it…I just laugh because I knew he would love it all. All it took was getting him here! We had to turn up at 8.30 am this morning at Pinetop Tours, and off we went all around the island looking at the older settlement ... read more
Emily Bay
Phillip Island

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