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Just a touch of History on Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island is located 1600km north-east of Sydney and an external territory of Australia.

Norfolk is home to the descendants of the Bounty mutineers and boasts its own language, a colourful convict history, dramatic coastal scenery, pristine beaches, coral lagoons, great restaurants and cafes, one of the world’s most scenic golf courses.

With such fun activities such as snorkelling, kayaking, mountain biking and scuba diving along with trekking and horse riding complemented by heritage and nature tours, fine dining and cliff top seafood feasts at sunset.

Interpretive history tours are available at the Kingtson Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) on Norfolk Island. KAVHA is of outstanding historic significance as a convict settlement spanning the era of transportation to eastern Australia between 1788-1855.

Tours available of Colonial Cemetery, The Landing Place,  Gaols & Industries, Polynesians, Beaches & Bridges, Historic Arthur’s Vale, First Settlement Heritage Tour 1788 – 1814 and No. 10 Quality Row Open House.

Although, as a place of secondary punishment it developed a reputation as one of the harshest and cruellest of Australia’s penal settlements, it was also a place where humanising experiments in penal reform were conducted. It is also significant as the only site in Australia to display evidence of early Polynesian settlement, and the place where the Pitcairn Island descendents of the Bounty mutineers were re-settled in 1856.

Norfolk Island has more than 65 activities available, from World Heritage nominated history to world class fishing, diving and cultural activities related to the island’s descendants of the Bounty Mutineers and their Tahitian wives.

Contact Heritage Tourism for tour details

 

Plastic bag free holiday: Help protect Norfolk Island Marine Life

Norfolk Island coastlineAs part of the protecting Norfolk Island Marine Life, the Norfolk Island History Lovers holidays are plastic bag free.

Enjoy and experience the unique and varied tale that is Norfolk Island history.

Norfolk has a unique beauty of its own, with its renowned tall majestic pines, sheer cliff faces, coral reefs and beautiful beaches. Almost one third of the island is devoted to National Parks and Reserves.

But Norfolk Island is far more than a picturesque island in the South Pacific, it is paradise with a past.

What was once a convicts’ nightmare is now the tranquil home of the descendants from the Mutiny on the Bounty, who have their own unique culture and their own language.

Contact us for further details or phone 02 4455 54780

Sydney’s Hidden Little Laneways walking Tour.

The Rocks SydneyWalk around Sydney with a local and explore the hidden “secrets” of this picturesque city .You will enjoy highlights of the city and see over 200 years of history come to life.

We will end our walk by following in the footsteps of the nineteenth century working-class man that will lead us through The Rocks district.

Let us show you our city and inform you about its history and culture .

Colony History Sydney walking Tour

historic buildings sydney Take a walking tour of the city’s most popular monuments and bustling piazzas starting from the Customs House where shipping was cleared and goods passing through the port of Sydney were taxed and cleared for sale or export,to Millers Point , a precinct where old 19th century sandstone buildings live side-by-side with redbrick structures created in the first decades of the 20th century by the Sydney Harbour Trust. During our 3  hours walking tour we will admire historical buildings.

BridgeClimb wins ‘Best Guided Tour in Australia’ at the 2012 Australian Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards

Sydney Harbour Bridge ClimbBridgeClimb Sydney was awarded ‘Best Guided Tour in Australia’ at the 2012 Australian Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards held last night, Tuesday 4th December, at the Ivy, Sydney. This is the second consecutive year that BridgeClimb has won this prestigious award.

In a survey conducted by the Australian Traveller magazine over the past four months, more than 1,000 readers nominated their all-time favourite travel destinations and experiences throughout Australia.

“It’s an honour to be recognised in the ‘Best Guided Tour in Australia’ category amongst the impressive company of our fellow finalists”, said BridgeClimb Sydney Managing Director, Richard Evans. “This award is a tribute to all BridgeClimb team members who come to work every day with unfailing passion and commitment to delivering an unforgettable Sydney experience”.

Georgia Rickard, editor of Australian Traveller magazine, said, “Being voted by travellers themselves, the survey results are an accurate mark of what Australians recognise as the best adventures and destinations, and which leisure operators are excelling in their field. It’s also an indication of domestic travel trends for 2013”.

The ‘People’s Choice Award’ is determined by an online popular public poll. Since BridgeClimb’s inception on 1st October 1998, just under three million people have shared in the spirit and beauty of Sydney city from atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Climb Sydney Harbour BridgeManaging Director, Richard Evans said, “The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the world’s most recognisable icons, but this award is testament that Australians, 80 years on, still have a special place in their hearts for their Bridge. We feel very privileged to be able to provide an experience where locals can get up close and personal with their beloved ‘Coathanger'”.

Google Street View Goes Diving on the Great Barrier Reef

In what could possibly be the biggest technological announcement since the moon landing, Google will today reveal the launch of underwater Street View for Google Maps.

This means that for the first time in human history, anyone with an internet connection will be able to take a virtual dive on selected sites on the Great Barrier Reef.

The Underwater Earth project uses data and imagery from the ground-breaking Catlin Seaview Survey project – a series of expeditions aiming to explore and survey the health of coral reefs worldwide.

google underwaterviewBased at the underwater research station on Heron Island, the team has surveyed and captured the underwater environments of Heron and Lady Elliot Island and are currently anchored on the northern reefs of the Coral Sea.

Armed with cutting-edge cameras and underwater robots controlled by specially designed Samsung Galaxy tablets, the team are able to capture up to 50,000 panoramic underwater images and stitch them together into a navigable “reef view” panorama.

As well as enabling the casual punter to go for a virtual dive and learn more about the marine environment, the expedition will also make a significant contribution to our knowledge of the world’s oceans through a publicly available Global Reef Record database. This database will enable scientists worldwide to monitor the health of coral reef systems worldwide and their response to climate change.

The project’s chief scientist, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg from the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute calls the project a “game-changing scientific tool that scientists around the world will have at their fingertips”.

“They will be able to monitor change in the marine environment now and in the future,” he said.

“Marine scientists researching any aspect of the reef will be able to study these environments from any of the surveys we conduct.”

The first Catlin Seaview expedition launched on September 16 this year with 20 separate reefs on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea scheduled for surveying before the team moves on to overseas locations in 2013.

The project is funded by international insurance company Catlin and University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute.

To take an underwater tour, go to:

•        Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef – http://goo.gl/maps/3mPy0

•        Lady Elliot Island, GBR: Dive in – http://goo.gl/kDcLN

•        Wilson Island, Great Barrier Reef: Dive in – http://goo.gl/maps/sluiY

The Legendary Pacific Coast

The new “Culture and Heritage Trail” highlights 30 key locations from the Central Coast to Northern Rivers embracing dazzling performance spaces to regional galleries, historic sites and interactive art studios.

From dazzling performance spaces to regional galleries and historic sites, the diversity of experiences truly offers something for everyone.

Trial Bay GaolBeginning on the beautiful Central Coast with galleries and museums. The superb natural environs of the Mid North Coast are rich with public art, annual festivals, historic features, local creations and hidden gems.

The trails also focus on directing visitors to some of the smaller towns along the route that have been bypassed with the ongoing upgrading of the Pacific Highway. They retain their character and interest and remain very much a part of the rich tapestry of this great drive

There are plenty of stops and side-trips along the way – historic sites to meander, funky art galleries to browse, craft workshops where you can get your hands dirty and dynamic performances to experience.

Experience the dramatic history of Trial Bay Gaol and admire the incredible local talent at the many galleries and studios of the Byron Shire.

There’s always something new to explore – come and discover The Legendary Pacific Coast Culture and Heritage Trail – an experience that is never the same twice.

Some highlights are

  • Henry Kendall Cottage & Historical Museum
  • Pacific Coast NSWNewcastle Museum
  • Newcastle Forte
  • Wineries of the Hunter Valley
  • The Australian Woodwork Gallery
  • Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery
  • Trial Bay Gaol
  • The Old Butter Factory
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Blue Mountains’ Scenic Railway to undergo $30 million upgrade

Blue Mountains RailwayScenic World in the Blue Mountains has committed to a $30 million upgrade of its Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest incline railway.

Scheduled to open in December 2012, the redeveloped railway experience will include new top and bottom platforms with historical interpretation and a new rail track.

A new Swiss designed train will also be introduced to transport visitors down to the ancient rainforest floor in the Jamison Valley.

The existing train will continue to operate, building on a history of nearly 25 million passengers delivered safely to the valley floor.

Scenic World sits on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the Jamison Valley and offers a range of experiences that can be found nowhere else in the world.

These include the world’s steepest railway, a spectacular cableway, a glass-floored skyway and a boardwalk through an ancient rainforest. It’s a safe adventure for the entire family.