Home' LOTL : September 2004 Contents It's Norfolk Island, a tiny drop in the ocean that will offer a
very special week next January to the gay and lesbian
traveller. Norfolk Island is acclaimed as one of the world's
most beautiful and peaceful islands -- and one of the friendliest.
My partner, our two children and I were lucky enough to
be invited recently to Norfolk Island to check out the
possibility of developing a gay and lesbian week, including a
The pine-clad island, midway between New Zealand and
New Caledonia, is enjoying record visitation as more Kiwis and
Australians escape there to savour Norfolk's rich and colourful
heritage, the romantic coastal scenery and of course the
legendary tax-free shopping.
Norfolk Island, a volcanic outcrop in the middle of the
South Pacific 1600km north-east of Sydney, is an external
territory of Australia with its own Government, postal stamps
and separate customs, quarantine and immigration laws. The
mild, sub-tropical climate, with average temperatures of 20
degrees Celsius, makes it an ideal year-round destination.
Nowadays the island is home mostly to the descendants of
the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian wives who make up
30 per cent of the population as well as Australians and New
Zealanders, but reminders of the grim penal days abound.
Many of the earliest buildings have been restored to their
original state, providing a vivid and picturesque memento of
the hardship that was life in a remote, often forgotten
settlement. The history was so fascinating for us, even our
small children were intrigued by it as the museums and the
r uins of Kingston fed our imaginations.
The blend of vastly different cultures -- British and Tahitian
-- have had an impact on the development of traditional Norfolk
cuisine. From succulent beef and lamb dishes to Tahitian-style
fish -- all produce is grown or caught virtually next door to the
various restaurants, making the food is fresher than fresh.
Five days were not enough for us to explore all there was
on offer -- but we left with the knowledge that we will be back
taking part on a fun week in January 05.
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