Norfolk Island Museum and The Travel Centre invites visitors to share in celebrating Norfolk Island’s amazing and varied maritime stories. One of Norfolk’s major maritime moments is the 1790 wrecking of the Sirius, the flagship of the First Fleet. As a result Norfolk Island has become home to the Nation’s most important shipwreck site and relics. Captain John Hunter’s conduct on that fateful day will be put under the microscope.
Robert Barnes the author of “An Unlikely Leader, The life and times of Captain John Hunter” (published by Sydney University Press) will visit the island and lead two workshops at the Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area Research Centre, housed in Number 9 Quality Row.
Being on Norfolk Island for this special Maritime week visitors will experience what it’s like to be amongst the evidence of such an intriguing maritime story. Optional activities include walking the reef to find the Sirius causeway and visiting the HMS Sirius museum and seeing some of the over 6,000 recovered artefacts.
‘From the Sirius to the Bounty’ will be held 16-23 March 2013 ex Brisbane and 15-22 March 2013 ex Sydney. The Norfolk Island Travel Centre has special packages for travel from $899 per person ex Sydney and from $849 per person ex Brisbane for a seven night twin share stay. The prices include return economy class airfare (seat + bag) to Norfolk Island, airline taxes, meet & greet at the airport, self-contained accommodation, car hire (car hire surcharge $18 per day plus petrol is extra), discount shopping card, complimentary miniature golf and complimentary ‘A Walk in the Wild’. Prices are subject to availability.
Norfolk Island Travel Centre
Norfolk Island Travel Centre is an award winning travel agency that specialises in quality, personalised travel. 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. There is much to see and do on Norfolk Island: fascinating historic tours, see Kingston which is a World Heritage Listed area,outdoor re-enactments of the Bounty Mutiny (with parts played by actual descendants of Fletcher Christian), ‘Light and Sound’ shows, eco-tours, glass bottom boat coral reef trips, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, dining out in the numerous fine restaurants, bush walking, scenic horse riding, golf on what has been called the world’s most beautiful golf course, bowls, tennis, and squash. Take advantage of Norfolk's tax-free shopping or perhaps simply take some time out to relax and enjoy Norfolk's peaceful existence.
Rebecca Christian, Norfolk Island Travel Centre
P: AU 1800 1400 66 or NZ 0800 0088 10