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June 2014

Queen’s Birthday Garden Reception

By |June 18th, 2014|

Because the Bounty Day celebrations on Norfolk Island were held on the 9th June this year, the Queen’s Birthday function at Government House was held over for a week.  But it did happen Monday last.  This is an important event for those who live on Norfolk Island.

Several hundred guests attended a Garden Reception at Government House as guests of the Administrator, the Hon. Neil Pope and his wife Jen Pope.

The event was significant for several reasons.

Local Beryl Evans had been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the community of Norfolk Island, and to the environment, by […]

April 2014

Gardening is the way to live on Norfolk Island

By |April 13th, 2014|

Those who live on Norfolk Island love their garden. There is the Valley Nursery on Rocky Point Rd (Norfolk Island), open on Sundays between 8:30am – 12:30pm, to help. There are stacks of herbs, vegie seedlings, flower seedlings, and LOADS of plants for sale. Visit them on facebook.

A short Norfolk Island holiday

By |April 12th, 2014|

The cruise ship The World visited NI today. The World is a private cruise ship with a difference – it is a residential community owned by its residents. The community live on-board as the ship travels the globe. The passengers arrived early today, and were all on-island by 9am. Some went on tours, others hired a car for the day. Here are some photos from this short Norfolk Island holiday.

SOME STATS
Passengers: 1,046
Year Built: 2002
Tonnage:43,524
Decks:12
Crew:340
Registry:Bahamas

March 2014

Cruise ship Orion visits

By |March 24th, 2014|

The expedition cruise ship National Geographic Orion arrived today with 100 passengers on-board for a short visit to Norfolk Island.

The ship arrived very early from the Bay of Islands and most passengers were on land by 8:30am. The passengers were transferred ashore using the Orion’s inflatable Zodiac boats.

They were hosted by Baunti Escapes, the island’s most boutique tour company, who took the visitors on a 2.5 hour tour of NI, or optionally a 4 hour tour that included a visit to some of the island’s out-of-the-way places including Captain Cook lookout and Mt Pitt / Mt Bates, the island’s highest points.

One of […]

Summit to Surf Fun Run

By |March 16th, 2014|

The Banyan Park Summit to Surf fun run was held on this beautiful NI day (Sunday 16th March 2014).

It is one of the favourite events for those who live on Norfolk Island, and is enjoyed by those who holiday on Norfolk Island as well.

The weather was magic, the island green, the ocean a little wild, the sky blue, and the fun atmosphere amongst race-goers was contagious.

Starting at 9:30am, the race began at the Banyan Park Playcentre at Middlegate, and ended at the Kingston Gaol building with a sausage sizzle and refreshments.

This is the major fund raiser for the centre, […]

Foundation Day on NI

By |March 6th, 2014|

Today was Foundation Day on NI. For those who live on Norfolk Island, and travel here for the event, it was a wonderful day.

A re-enactment of the landing in 1788 by a small party of seven free men, two marines, two seamen, one midshipman and nine male and six female convicts, led by Philip Gidley King, was held.

Hundreds of visitors and locals were there to witness the celebration. They heard the stories of those times, and the stories of the lives of the early settlers from their children.

That first settlement brought on shore provisions for six months, plus sheep, […]

February 2014

Norfolk Island Central School swimming carnival

By |February 21st, 2014|

Norfolk Island Central School (NICS) provides education for students K to 12. There are 300 students and more than 20 teachers. It is one of the most loved events for locals who live on Norfolk Island.

The school has many of the sporting activities that you would normally expect of a central school – athletics carnival, cross country racing, and an annual swimming carnival.

This week the swimming carnival was held. Not in a swimming pool like you would expect. But something far better – the magnificent Emily Bay that lies in the World Heritage listed Kingston area of NI. The […]

Sorrel Wilby life on Norfolk Island

By |February 17th, 2014|

Sorrel Wilby is an award winning adventurer, author, photographer, television presenter and artist.  Sorrel and her family have a wonderful life on Norfolk Island.

She is perhaps best known to you for her role on Channel Nine’s flagship travel program, Getaway, Australian Geographic’s Best of Australia documentaries and the ABC series, Painting Australia.

She has travelled extensively and has met many wonderful and amazing people on those travels.

‘In 2014, Sorrel Wilby will revisit and reflect upon the many journeys she has made in her life. Rather than retracing her actual steps, she has pledged to spend 100 consecutive days in her studio producing 100 […]

January 2014

Australia Day on NI

By |January 27th, 2014|

His Honour the Administrator, the Hon. Neil Pope, and Mrs Jen Pope, were hosts to several hundred at the 2014 Australia Day Reception at Government House on Sunday evening.

Here are some photos from the celebrations.

Love 100 Acres

By |January 26th, 2014|

On the island’s south west coast is 100 Acres Reserve that is one of the best places to take a walk through a variety of amazing flora, with great views, and seabirds galore that take your breath away.

Those who live on Norfolk Island love 100 Acres as a place for recreation, picnics, and contemplation. Those who come for a Norfolk Island holiday also find this tranquil place well worth the visit.

We went walking there today (Australia Day) and took some photos to show you just some of what you might find at 100 Acres.

Here is a
SHORT VIDEO
of ocean scenes […]