A Business Cum Holiday Trip To Norfolk Island
It was March 2012 when I was invited for a Cyber Legislation Conference in Norfolk Island; I took along my wife to enjoy the rest of our business with pleasure trip for seven days. We both work for the same telecommunications company, and we made the most of our stay in the Norfolk Island. We were both looking forward to this tour. We were excited on board that Norfolk Air via Brisbane flight to get to Norfolk International Airport in Kingston, the main capital city. The green pines, marvelous sights and its beautiful people, this was the best travel memories for us.
After the 2 day conference, we started our tour with a visit to Emily Bay. This beach was very clean and surrounded by fantastic sceneries. Lined with Norfolk green pines, the water was always calm and serene. We enjoyed a good walk along its soft golden sands. We also checked out the nearby Slaughter Bay. We snorkeled on its clear waters and played around with the tropical fishes at the reef. We had a great time enjoying our meal on a local restaurant where we had a vegan meal and a bottle of red wine as we view the beautiful sunset. Along the way to the next attraction we passed by the Bloody Bridge, it tells so many interesting stories about history and how it got its name. A local narrates to us one peculiar story of how the prisoners buried their watcher behind the walls and his blood ooze out its walls. Whether to believe or not, for me it’s a lovely old bridge with a great view of the coast.
From here we visited the Old Kingston Town; a guide explained to us the history of Norfolk Island and the story of the Pitcairn settlers. Inside we saw a penal settlement and an old cemetery. The tour was very informative and has many interesting stories to tell. Afterwards we head off to St. Barnabas Church; it’s a beautiful church with interesting workmanship. I took pictures of its gorgeous stained glass rose windows; the marbled floors were equally interesting. Its pews are embedded with pearls. A string ensemble was practicing a classical music when we were there, it was lovely! We found a Melanesian graveyard inside its grounds. Then we checked out the Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama, it is a large wall mural depicting the history of the Island. It was done by three talented women who gave a very detailed impression of the Bounty and the hardships during the time of mutiny. Then we head to the Bounty Museum, to have a better understanding of its history. After this we had a snack at the nearby café before heading back to Kentia Holiday Apartments where we are billeted.
The next day we toured around the Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area. Guided by a local thru its tag along tours, I learned so many informative details about the early settlers in Norfolk Island. Inside we peeked at historical colonial buildings. We took time to wander around and read the information plaques on each photo. It was worthwhile and very educational. We had an outstanding view of the coastline as we stood on the viewing point at Captain Cook’s Monument. It has a beautifully maintained garden, and stunning views of the migratory seabirds swooping around its shores. We enjoyed our picnic under the green pine trees and windy morning breeze. We took lots of photos with the rocky cliffs, small isles, and beautiful coastline as our background. From here we took a hiking trail to get to Mount Pitt, where we had a good view of the nearby Philip and Nepean Islands. We also checked the nearby Mt. Bates; from there we had a wonderful view of the whole island. On this mountain we saw planes landing on the airport in Kingston.
After this we took time for some tee off at the Point Hunter Reserve Golf Course, it was fun to play around its Norfolk pine tree lined courses. The pro shop was very helpful when we hired the clubs and golf cart we used on its nine-hole golf courses. It was great and the settings were beautiful. We enjoyed a good drink on its clubhouse after our game. In the afternoon we visited the Puppy’s Point, the drive was smooth to get to its viewing point. We enjoyed a romantic stroll along its park to view the brilliant sunset. Towards the night we watched the Fish Fry Night, where we got entertained by a cultural dance by the locals and a BBQ party at the Zuppies Point. The cooked fish were excellent and lovely salads go with it. We laid out our rugs on the green grass and just enjoyed the show.
Our fifth day was spent exploring the waters of the Anson Bay. There were zig zag paths we needed to cross down before getting to this attraction. We swam along the shores, though the waters were a bit rough from our depth. We were very careful as the crashing waves pound the shore lines. Beautiful sea birds fly along its lovely coastline. The scenes were very picturesque and we totally enjoyed its amenities (parks, picnic groves, clean toilets). From here we checked out the One Hundred Acres Reserve, it’s a half hour forest walk with magnificent views of the coast. Lots of birds everywhere, white terns’ sits nestled on its trees and other kinds of birds. It is a well maintained reserve for the wonderful birds that visit this island. We had a pleasant stroll as we view a rich variety of bird species in one place. It provides a nice overlooking view of the Rocky Point. Across from here we had lunch at the famous Norfolk Blue Restaurant. On our way back we passed by the Norfolk Island National Park and Botanical Garden. We marveled along at its outstanding walks and tracks to get to the garden. It was very interesting to learn about the endangered plants and animals in Norfolk Islands. We were rewarded with great ocean views, island cliffs, and its rich flora. My wife took pictures of colorful parrots atop an old tree, amazing!
Later that afternoon we visited the Commissariat Store Museum, it is a detailed museum depicting the different settlements that once occupied Norfolk Islands. We visited the All Saint’s Anglican Church on the second floor of a building beside this museum. Then we head next to No. 10 Quality Row, it is an old building which use to house one of the leaders during the early times. We saw some well preserved artifacts but not much informational materials explain the significance of this museum. It only provides insight on how the first settlers use to live on this island. A lovely garden is situated besides this building. Then we watch ships unload containerized cargoes at the Kingston Pier. I took photographs of the wharf and fishing boats sailing on and off to the sea. We bought freshly caught fish and asked a local grill bar to have it grilled for us. We enjoyed the best dinner with the great view of the sea. Later on we watched a play about Norfolk history called “The Trial of Fifteen” at the Protestant Chapel Maritime Museum. The performers were very talented and the show was truly entertaining. After the wonderful show we had a photo opportunity with the cast and a glass of wine to toast their outstanding performance. For our nightcap we enjoyed a slice of cheesecake and tea at the famous Sublime Café.
There was so much happening in one place that we were so overwhelmed by the grandeur and charm of this country. We are planning to go back there again and share with our kids the interesting history, beautiful sceneries and its heartwarming and friendly people. Norfolk Islands is a must in every travelers list; it left me breathless with its picturesque views and its serenity.