Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Norfolk Is Back on Travel Map

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Norfolk Is Back on Travel Map

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Byline: Corey Bertalli Manager Grafton Travel

ARE you looking for a location where the only fast food is pulled fresh from the sea or soil? Where there are no traffic lights and you can park the car and leave the keys in the ignition? Where can you go to be as busy or relaxed as you want to be? A place where you can re connect or just getaway from it all for a few days?

The answer to all those questions is Norfolk Island.

You can experience the wonders of nature almost everywhere on this island. The modern world barely intrudes upon this place. For centuries, plants and animals have made Norfolk a temperate refuge in the middle of the pacific. This place is home to a variety of unique plant and bird species. There are many ways to take in the gems of nature on the island -- visit the botanical gardens; hire a bike and take in the beautiful, craggy terrain; go horse riding or enjoy a carriage ride and be sure to take a detour for some billy tea and damper. There is a great choice of walking tracks, reserves and lookouts where you can explore the rainforest and see the world largest tree fern.

Time moves slowly at Norfolk Island. Elegant convict-built Georgian buildings are still in daily use and the Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) is now World Heritage listed as part of the Australian Convict Sites inscription. Norfolk is without question an island of unspoiled natural beauty. The unique local people, descendants of the famous Bounty mutineers, have their own special language -- a salty remnant of old English that has changes little over time and will welcome you in their own unique way.

Obviously, the pristine water of the Pacific Ocean is central to life on the island. With no commercial fishing, the waters are teeming with fish. Along the diverse coastline are sheltered bays ideal for swimming, snorkelling, diving and boating. …

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