Norfolk Island
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    • Day 7

      Hundred Acres, no Tiggers

      August 13, 2022 on Norfolk Island ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      First stop after breakfast was the weekly produce market, on the lawns in the main street. There were 3 stalls this week - as we're leaving tomorrow we only bought 2 oranges to have for afternoon tea.

      Our drive today was south west, to Headstone Reserve and Hundred Acres Reserve.

      Headstone Reserve is named for the headstone there for two soldiers who went fishing and were washed off the rocks and drowned in 1850.

      A walking track through Hundred Acres Reserve leads to Rocky Point, home to an observation post during World War II, and now a popular bird watching location. We saw terns, kingfisher and silver eyes, but none of the famed mutton birds, red tailed tropic birds, or masked booby.

      It is also home to some massive Moreton Bay fig trees, believed to be 200 years old.

      We came back to town for lunch at a local cafe, and filled the car up with petrol - we drove 152km in the week, well inside our 35km per day inclusion! (for the record, petrol is $2.83/litre)

      Time for a quick dip in the outdoor spa, before heading out to dinner.
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    • Day 6

      Fish, chips, cows and chickens

      August 12, 2022 on Norfolk Island ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      We started the day with a relaxed breakfast, a spot of shopping, and morning coffee. While chatting with locals we learnt that a local cook meets the fishing boats at Cascade Pier on Fridays and cooks fish and chips fresh on the pier.

      So we headed north for a fresh Trumpeter lunch, before heading to Ball Bay, then Two Chimneys Reserve for a bush walk and cache hunt at each.

      We were planning to have Chinese Takeaway for dinner, as it's in easy walking distance from our accommodation, but we learnt the hard way that you need to ring and order well in advance - when we arrived the wait time was 90 minutes, so a change of plans required!
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    • Day 5

      Walking the National Park

      August 11, 2022 on Norfolk Island ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Our plan today was to find most of the caches in Norfolk Island National Park, which covers 14% of the island.

      We started the day with a drive to the lookout at Mt Pitt, the second highest point on the island (1m lower than Mt Bates).

      Mt Pitt was once a thriving nesting site for the Providence Petrel.  The entire population (some 170,000 birds) was exterminated during the First Penal Settlement when the colony fell on hard times, necessitating the slaughter of the birds for food.  The petrels never re-established themselves on Norfolk Island, but a small population now nests on Phillip Island.

      Our walk began with an easy 20 minutes to Mt Bates, then 1.7km mostly downhill to Bird Rock Lookout.

      The return journey was, unsurprisingly, mostly uphill... and took considerably longer (especially when we detoured 700m to grab another cache!)

      We got back to the car in time for lunch, then a meandering drive across the north coast to Captain Cook Lookout (where he landed when claiming the island in 1774).

      Our final stop was the picturesque Anson Bay, where the track to the beach is an 800m zig zagging pathway.

      Dinner tonight was at the bowling club, a popular gathering point for locals and tourists alike.
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    • Day 4

      Kingston Town

      August 10, 2022 on Norfolk Island ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      We spent most of today around Kingston, the capital/administrative centre of Norfolk Island, and the second-oldest settlement in Australia, founded a little over a month after Sydney.

      The area is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a variety of buildings and ruins, including a jail, Government House, churches, stores and a convict powered crankmill.

      The area is also home to the second pier on the island... but the weather today was definitely not suitable for the supply ship, with rain and strong wind most if the day.
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    • Day 3

      Cascade and Cockpit

      August 9, 2022 on Norfolk Island ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      After breakfast at the hotel, we headed into the village to Norfolk Telecom to buy a local SIM card (NI isn't part of the Australian phone network).

      We then hosted a geocaching event at a local cafe, with 3 attendees (one was the only geocacher on the island, a 7th generation Islander and a direct descendant of Fletcher Christian).

      After morning tea we travelled north to Palm Glen walk in Norfolk Island National Park, which had panoramic views of the southern parts of Norfolk Island and out to Phillip Island (uninhabited island off the south coast).

      Lunch was a picnic near Cockpit Waterfall, before heading to Cascade Bay, home to one of 2 piers on the island.

      Shipping supplies to NI is a constant issue - the island has no safe harbour, so supplies can't be imported by container, but must be transferred to smaller vessels before coming ashore. A ship is due in the next few days, so currently many items are in short supply - for example there is no beer available at the Bond Store (the only liquor outlet on the island), and the only soft drinks on the supermarket shelves are ginger beer and tonic water!

      Dinner was locally caught Trumpeter fish at a restaurant across the road from our accommodation.
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    • Day 2

      Welcome to Norfolk, Yu laik sum plun*

      August 8, 2022 on Norfolk Island ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Back to the airport this morning, arriving the recommended 3 hours before our flight 😲... which was well founded, as we spent an hour in the security line!

      We arrived on Norfolk Island at 2.30pm (time zone is one hour ahead of Sydney), checked into our accommodation, picked up our rental car, then grabbed a late lunch at the bakery.

      First impressions are green and hilly, with a relaxed tropical feel - on our first drive into the village the local policeman waved to us 3 times 😁

      We went for a quick drive to Cemetery Bay for a walk around the historic cemetery, before heading back to the RSL for dinner (one of the few places on the island with public wi-fi - we attempted to buy a SIM card earlier, but the post office was closed and the supermarket had run out for the day).

      Monday at the RSL was also bingo night, so we naturally partook. Of the 3 games we played, we each won one full house prize!

      We switched on the TV before bedtime, and thought we'd gained an hour - the broadcast is a direct feed from Australia, so the guide and shows are all one hour later than the advertised time.

      *Have some bananas
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    • Day 1

      Hot and humid

      February 6, 2022 on Norfolk Island ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

      Very easy trip over on the plane.
      Staying at the South Pacific Resort Hotel.
      The Island had 14 inches of rain over the last week and I reckon we have about 98% humidity now.
      Bus driver proud to tell us that the shopping area has street lights and there are also 3 roundabouts that you can drive over if no-one sees you.
      Room is musty - a fan but no air conditioning. No Internet or WlFi.
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    • Day 7

      Sunday

      February 12, 2022 on Norfolk Island ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Our last full day and the sun is out. No mist over the airport so those people who have been stranded here for four days can now leave.
      We leave tomorrow.
      Today the Glass bottom boat Tour has been cancelled as the waves are still crashing over the reef into the lagoon.
      Went to the Convict Settlement instead to witness the horrors of convict life. Followed by a walk through the Cemetery.
      Our last outing of the week was a traditional dinner down at No. 9 Quality Row. Rooms were not restored where we ate. It was called the ‘Annex’. Nearly had a full moon.
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    • Day 5

      Tropical Cyclone

      February 10, 2022 on Norfolk Island ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Quite exciting evening. Island battened down for torrential rain and wind.
      We had to boil water and fill containers or whatever we could find because the water supply is run by electricity. Once that goes it’s bedlam.
      Wind was fierce all night plus rain. All safe and tucked up in our units.
      Some parts of the Island lost power. Not us.
      Huge waves at Kingston. Hurled huge rocks up and over the car park.Waves covered the huge winch used to bring cargo onto the shore.
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    • Day 5

      Raining

      February 10, 2022 on Norfolk Island ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Today we are meant to be doing a Garden Tour.
      Very wet under foot. The garden we went to had lots of interesting things other than trees and bushes etc. Fruit trees, creepers, exotic trees and a maze for kids plus a large one for adults.
      Spiders everywhere so we girls picked a tall person to walk behind. Golden Orb Spiders I think. Webs were humongous.
      Next was a restricted visit to the Botanic Gardens and morning tea. Still drizzling with rain.
      Program change again. After lunch we went to the Cyclorama. More history of Norfolk Is and Pitcairn Is. Extremely well done.
      Dinner at our Resort. Our cooks are as good as any others on the Island.
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