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Norfolk Island

A brief taste of Norfolk Island, an autonomous Australian territory with a long and turbulent history, in the course of an expedition cruise sailing north from New Zealand through the Western Pacific with Heritage Expeditions.

In 'For the Term of His Natural Life', Marcus Clarke's classic fictionalised account of the brutality of the convict system in colonial Australia, the Rev. James North records his first impressions of the penal settlement at Norfolk Island in May 1846:

...some eleven hundred miles from Sydney. A solitary rock in the tropical ocean, the island seems, indeed, a fit place of banishment. It is about seven miles long and four broad. The most remarkable natural object is, of course, the Norfolk Island pine, which rears its stately head a hundred feet above the surrounding forest. The appearance of the place is very wild and beautiful... bringing to my mind the romantic islands of the Pacific... Lemon, lime and guava trees abound, also oranges, grapes, figs, bananas, peaches, pomegranates and pineapples. The climate just now is hot and muggy. The approach to Kingstown [sic] is properly difficult. A long low reef fronts the bay... and obstructs the entrance of vessels. We were landed in boats through an opening in this reef...

More than 150 years later, the description still rings true, even if the hills behind Kingston are now largely cleared.

Phillip Island, heavily eroded by grazing animals
Phillip Island, heavily eroded by grazing animals
Approaching Phillip Island
Approaching Phillip Island
Point Ross, nearing the Kingston Pier
Point Ross, nearing the Kingston Pier
Historic Kingston spread across Slaughter Bay
Historic Kingston spread across Slaughter Bay
Welcome banner on Kingston Pier
Welcome banner on Kingston Pier
Kingston Pier
Kingston Pier
Historic information at Kingston Pier
Historic information at Kingston Pier
Georgian buildings along the waterfront at Kingston
Georgian buildings along the waterfront at Kingston
Norfolk Island National Park, looking out to sea and to Phillip Island
Norfolk Island National Park, looking out to sea and to Phillip Island
Norfolk's distinctive araucarian pines
Norfolk's distinctive araucarian pines
Forest canopy in the national park
Forest canopy in the national park
Norfolk pine
Norfolk pine
Endemic Green Parrot
Endemic Green Parrot
Norfolk pine
Norfolk pine
Red guava, a widespread introduction -  and a refreshing snack
Red guava, a widespread introduction - and a refreshing snack
Fantail in the national park
Fantail in the national park
Endemic Niau palm bearing fruit
Endemic Niau palm bearing fruit
Endemic Niau palm bearing fruit
Endemic Niau palm bearing fruit
Cascade Bay
Cascade Bay
Dunscombe Bay
Dunscombe Bay
Masked Boobies nesting
Masked Boobies nesting
Heavy traffic, back on the Kingston waterfront
Heavy traffic, back on the Kingston waterfront
Give way...
Give way...
Quality Row, Kingston
Quality Row, Kingston
Georgian buildings on Quality Row
Georgian buildings on Quality Row
Georgian buildings on Quality Row
Georgian buildings on Quality Row
Georgian buildings on Quality Row
Georgian buildings on Quality Row
Georgian buildings on Quality Row
Georgian buildings on Quality Row
'New Gaol' on Quality Row
'New Gaol' on Quality Row
'New Gaol' on Quality Row
'New Gaol' on Quality Row
Nepean Island in late afternoon
Nepean Island in late afternoon
'Spirit of Enderby' off Phillip Island
'Spirit of Enderby' off Phillip Island