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Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island, some 500 nm north of NZ, and 700 nm east of Brisbane, Australia. Daily services by Air New Zealand Airbus A320. Neroli and Bill had 2 days spare out of a 5 day duty, so these are some of the sights that we saw. Despite common legend that it is a place for the “newly weds or nearly deads”, it has a lot to offer other tourists. Click on http://www.norfolkisland.com.au/ or Google Norfolk Island for more information.

In the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s it was a popular destination for groups of Aero Club aircraft to visit, either as a stand alone destination, or as a stepping stone to the rest of the Pacific Islands, or via Lord Howe Island to Australia. Numerous liight aircraft make a stop at Norfolk Is each year, but club trips are not so common now. Most Aero Clubs do not own aircraft with the range or required navigation equipment, but a lot of private owner aircraft, including high performance microlights, do.

Anyway here are some of our photos. Call if you want more information, (but not to book the Cub to go there!!)

By arrangement, and payment of a fee, Islanders are free to graze cattle by the side of the road. This keeps the island looking like a well kept golf course. Woe betide anyone who runs one of them over!

St Barnabus Chapel.

Neroli giving some scale to the roots of the Moreton Bay fig trees.

A water fall next to one of the numerous picnic area, this one called ‘Cockpit Waterfall’, in Cascade Bay on the north side of the island.

Phillip Island, from the viewpoint of Mt Pitt, the second highest peak in the island at 320m, and overlooking the airfield. The highest point is Mt Bates, less than 1 km away, at 321m high.

Government Buildings at Kingston

Phillip Island with remnants of the prison in the foreground.

We were lucky enough to be on the island while the ship was in, the first visit for a couple of months due to mechanical issues. Islanders were understandably looking forward to stocking up on their stores. Everything is loaded and unloaded using lighters, so takes the right sea conditions, and quite some time.

The islands adjacent to the Captain Cook Monument, on the northern side of the island. A walking track goes along the shoreline, part of the Norfolk Island National Park.

One of the old lighters used for loading and unloading the cargo ship, with Nepean Island in the background.

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