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Norfolk Island is an island in the South Pacific Ocean, an Australian territory. It is 1600 km (1000 mi.) east of Sydney and Brisbane and 1000 km (620 mi.) northwest of Auckland.
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The Australian convict sites are inscribed on the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. On Norfolk Island, they are located in Kingston.
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About Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island was a penal colony for the British colony of New South Wales during the periods 1788–1814 and 1825–1855. In 1856 it was settled by former inhabitants of the second largest of the Pitcairn Islands. The Pitcairn Islanders were descendants of Fletcher Christian and Bounty mutineers, together with Tahitian women. Pitcairn Island was unable to support 200 inhabitants, and Queen Victoria offered them Norfolk Island.
Permanent residents of Norfolk Island are still almost entirely descendants of these Pitcairn Islanders; other Australian citizens cannot move to Norfolk Island freely. The permanent population of the island is about 2000 people.
Norfolk Island, unsurprisingly, is famous for its seafood, which is generally caught fresh by most of the restaurants on the island. The local trumpeter is a particular delicacy.
There is a wide range of other food available on the island, including both Italian and Chinese cuisine with plans afoot for an Indian restaurant to open shortly.
Local specialities also exist and are generally based on traditional Polynesian dishes. While some of these are served in the restaurants, tourists are often recommended to try a local progressive dinner at the homes of various islanders in order to experience most of these dishes.
Restaurant bookings can be made by telephone or by writing your name in the book generally located at the front door of the establishment.
Be aware that most restaurants are closed at least one night per week.
Special Dietary Requirements: Vegetarians can generally find palatable food at most restaurants, but are not specifically catered for anywhere. Vegans are not catered for anywhere. Kosher and Halal meals will be impossible to find, as there is no Jewish or Muslim presence on the island. Travellers with food allergies may be catered for at some restaurants, but this is not guaranteed.
- Special Events. Norfolk Island is the venue for a number of annual special events. One of the most unique and successful Festival is 'OPERA in Paradise' which features a week of large-scale opera concerts, more intimate matinees,champagne afternoon concerts and a traditional Island banquet and launch. Singers and classical musicians are brought in from Australia and New Zealand by boutique opera company, OPERATIF. This festival attracts hundreds of patrons each February primarily from Australia and New Zealand, but also from the USA, UK and SE Asia.
- The Foodland shopping mall contains a supermarket and a bakery. While many products are flown in from Australia or New Zealand, local produce sold here represents the cheapest self-catering option on the island.
- Ocean Blue, located at the Middlegate intersection, is a very cheap takeaway shop, offering solid hamburgers, chips and other staples of that ilk
- Gilles Fish Shop is located opposite the tourist information centre and offers local fresh fish and chips.
- Barney Duffy's Charcoal Grill bills itself as "Norfolk's Best Steakhouse". While the competition for this title is not particularly strong, the steaks are of a very high standard indeed. Fare here is of the steakhouse variety, with various fish dishes available as well. The restaurant is named for the famous convict Barney Duffy and plays up on this link
- Seaworld is Norfolk's fish restaurant and can be relied upon to serve good-quality fish dishes. There is a weekly "fish fry" as well
- Norfolk Pizza serves a variety of pizzas and some pasta dishes, with the pizzas at least being able to be taken away
- Woodfired Pizza Pizza  offers a selection of gourmet woodfired pizzas and breads from around the world.
- Milligan's Cafe formerly known as Tropicana Cafe, is a great choice for all budgets offering everything from sandwiches to main meals, with excellent coffee. It has recently been transformed into a tourist venu, the walls adorned with Norfolk's settlement history.
- Stefanos Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. Located in Burnt Pine. Specialising in modern Italian Cuisine, pasta, gourmet pizzas, seafood and steak. Fresh salads and sauces prepared daily. Award winning Gelato Desserts, Indoor and Outdoor dining. Open for lunch and dinner.
- Dino's, located at Bumboras (roughly the other side of the island from most accommodation) is a high-quality Italian restaurant. Book early, as it is not open every night of the week and the tables go very quickly.
- The Golden Orb - Located in Burnt Pine and hidden away from the road side by lush gardens, The Golden Orb is the perfect place to relax for breakfast, lunch or for a conversation over coffee or tea. Open from 8 till 4, The Golden Orb offers indoor and outdoor dining with an ever changing range of specials as well as a classic menu. Fresh salads, home made gourmet pies, sweets and a range of other meals (including vegetarian) can be found. Bookings not required. The Golden Orb also doubles as a book shop and wifi hotspot.
The local Distillery, Norfolk Island Liquors P/L, is found on Cascade Road and produces various liqueurs and spirits. Free sampling is available Monday,Tuesday,Thursday and Friday from 2.00pm - 5.00pm Also on the same premises is Cascade Soft Drinks, who manufacture produce a range of traditional soft drinks with old fashioned flavours, ranging from orange and lime flavours to pineapple and plum cola varieties.
There is also a Brewery on Norfolk Island which is located opposite the International Airport, where award winning beers are produced in a traditional way.
Although there is a 'Winery' on the island, it is currently importing wines from New South Wales under the 'Two Chimney's wine'label whilst it is developing its vines for manufacture.
Norfolk Island's currency is the Australian dollar, and the currency symbol is $. Norfolk Island is not subject to Australian taxation.
See Australia for more on the Australian dollar.
As a result of the lack of many taxes and duties, Norfolk Island has acquired a reputation as a "shopper's paradise". The main (and only) street of Burnt Pine is lined on both sides with shops selling everything from clothes to toys to books, and shop assistants will always be forthcoming about exactly how much you stand to save over "mainland prices" (both Australian and New Zealand prices).
A number of shops are described as "department stores", which can seem rather quaint to visitors from big cities, as these shops are often no larger than the others. The difference lies in the slightly wider range of merchandise available. One of the true delights of shopping on Norfolk Island is that in many shops you simply have no idea what will be for sale.
On Sunday mornings, an open-air market is held in the carpark of the post office. Prices are comparable to those found in the shops, but some retailers choose only to sell at the market.
Locally produced items are beginning to form a reasonable sector of Norfolk Island's retail market, with homemade preserves being a particular specialty. Additionally, the ubiquitous Norfolk Island Pine (not really a pine at all) is to be found in keyrings, magnets and other trinkets. Pine products are normally quite safe to import to Australia or New Zealand, but always make it known to the seller where you're intending to take the product you've just bought, since it never hurts to be sure.
The distinctive Norfolk language is also the source of some retail value, with books being written on the structure and vocabulary, as well as audio CDs of songs written in Norfolk. Many books are shamelessly pitched at the wide-eyed (or wide-eared) tourist, but the work containing the most scholarship on the language itself is Speak Norfolk Today, by Alice Inez Buffett.
There is also a wide range of fictional and non-fictional books on Norfolk and the South Pacific in general available at most shops. The island's bookshop is The Golden Orb, which contains a section devoted to Norfolk and South Pacific literature.
Be aware that most shops are closed on Wednesday afternoons and also that those operated by Seventh Day Adventists are closed all day Saturday and Sunday.
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