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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Aug-Sept
travel DOMestIC 12 | www.probussouthpacific.org B y day Norfolk Island bathes in the sunlit warmth of the Pacific, midway between New Zealand and New Caledonia. A poster on the wall of the airport says ‘Welcome Back to Earth’, promising a return to a world where people are part of a community and working with nature is a part of life. By night the ghosts limp out from the ruins of failed convict settlements and whispers float across the island about the true history of the Bounty mutineers. But as your themed dinner with bountineer Dan Christian draws to a close, or your tour through the convict ruins at Kingston comes to an end, odds are a friendly local will put you at ease with a joke or a yarn about the quirks of life on Norfolk. Guided tours Norfolk Island reveals itself to you slowly, a little more each day. Experience the unique history of Norfolk as you run your hand over the stones of a convict cell or headstone during tours of Kingston. History will talk back as you chat with descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Pitcairn families at one of the island’s famous sunset fish fries. At the fish fry, listen to the sweet strumming of local musicians while you fill up on delicious salads, local dishes and fresh fish hauled straight from the sea. Keep an ear out for the running battle between the chef, the bus driver and the guitarist. Taking the side of their own ancestors, they will banter over which mutineer was the most honourable. While the history of the island keeps you entertained, the natural beauty will astound you. At night the Milky Way is laid bare in the pure air of the Norfolk night sky. In the dewy morning the Norfolk pines appear more solemn as they continue their A natural beauty On tiny Norfolk Island, visitors are kept busy by a fascinating convict history, inviting bush paths, a stunning coastline and the friendliest locals in the South Pacific, writes Ben Miller.
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