Your Norfolk experience starts here...

Visitors to Norfolk Island soon realise that the island buzzes with a living breathing culture and history. 
Archaeological evidence from Emily Bay indicates that the area was a Polynesian settlement between c.1150CE and c.1450CE.

Captain James Cook discovered the island on 10 October 1774 and described the island as 'Paradise". 
The First Colonial Settlement was established as an agricultural penal settlement between 1788 - 1814, using convict labour to ensure occupation for the British.

The Second Penal Settlement was a place of secondary punishment for convicts who re-offended and those convicted of crimes in the colony of New South Wales or other British colonies. This settlement was between 1825 - 1855.

The Third Settlement was the arrival of the Pitcairn Islanders in 1856 (descendants of the famous Mutiny on the Bounty) to the present day. They created a community in a new place, bringing with them their own traditions and culture. 


Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area is one of 11 historic sites that form the Australian Convict Sites UNESCO World Heritage Property.

Whether you are a history buff or not, the multi-layered stories are all around you.


"Dieh es awwas kamfrom" - This is our heritage.