Pistol Shooting Champ’s on Norfolk Island
There are so many reasons to consider a holiday to Norfolk Island - let alone combining it with the upcoming Norfolk Island Pistol Shooting Championships to be held this year from the 6th to 12th December. The beauty of the Island is infamous with high rising cliffs, green undulating valleys, lush rainforest and brilliant turquoise waters over coral reefs. Shooters will gain a first hand-appreciation of this as the club house of the Norfolk Island Pistol Association is situated on the cliff top at Anson Bay. You’re not likely to find a more stunning club location.
The club and this competition are well known for being genuinely welcoming and friendly. For arriving shooters, this starts with a personal welcome at the airport by club members and the club house being open as the social hub all week. Aside from the welcome you’ll receive from the club, on Norfolk you’ll find a way of life that includes a relaxed pace and a sense of quiet, genuine friendliness, attention to life customs and a wonderful sense of community. At the same time this intriguing island has so much on offer that if you choose, in between the shooting, you can be kept very busy.
Many will know that Norfolk Island has a notorious convict reputation, opened to become home to the ‘worst of the worst’ type of felon. However did you also know that it was originally settled just 6 weeks after Sydney in 1788, was central to the establishment of the new Colony and is where the flagship of the First Fleet, HMS Sirius was wrecked? History abounds on Norfolk, reflected not only in historic Kingston’s World Heritage listing, but as the final home for the mutineers and Tahitian women of ‘mutiny on the Bounty’ fame who relocated from Pitcairn Island in 1856. It is their descendants who live on the island today, with their distinct culture evident in the local Norf’k language, arts, crafts, cooking and celebrations.
Many shooters love to have a game of golf while on-island and the Norfolk Island Golf Club and course are located within spectacular Kingston. The fishing is renowned for every trip coming home with a great catch, such as Kingfish, Silver Trevally, Amberjack and Sweetlip (Red Throat Emperor). There are a number of charter operators who will take you out for a morning or days fishing; it’s really not to be missed. There are many tours and activities on offer including 4WD tours, Glass-Bottom Boats, progressive dinners to island homes, museums, sunset fish frys, swimming and walks.
The Pistol Shooting Championships are open to all registered pistol club and association members. Events consist of Standard pistol, Air pistol, Sport pistol (men’s and ladies), Centre fire and 50m Pistol. The event is a hands-on patch your own targets social occasion. Flight, accommodation and car packages begin at $1079 ex Sydney, $1119 ex-Brisbane and NZ$1215 ex Auckland. An event fee of $15 per event applies and a dinner package for a welcome fish-fry and a final presentation dinner is priced at $65.
Meet the locals, the Norfolk Island Travel Centre is a locally owned and operated business and proud sponsors of the Norfolk Island Pistol Shooting Championships. For information on the Competition or to arrange a holiday any time of year contact Norfolk Island Travel centre by free phone 0800 0088 10 email [email protected] or visit www.norfolkislandtravelcentre.com
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