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Convict Settlement Tour Norfolk Island
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Convict Settlement Tour Norfolk Island

By Pinetree Tours
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Ages 0-100, max of 120 per group
Duration: 3h 30m
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Live guide: English
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  • Tea
  • Professional guide


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Tax store Norfolk Island, 77 Taylors Road Burnt Pine NF, Burnt Pine 2899, Norfolk Island
    Opposite our Office.
Pickup details
  • We pick up from Hotels and Motel in the general Burnt Pine Town Area. Guests staying at other accommodations further out of town must come to our loading area located at 68A Taylors Road. Please provide your accommodation when booking.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Infants must sit on laps
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 280088P4

      • Most travellers can participate
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 120 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      Itinerary
      • You'll start at
        Tax store Norfolk Island
        Or, you can also get picked up
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      • 1
        Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area
        Stop: 2 hours
        See details
      • 2
        Norfolk Island Cemetery
        Stop: 60 minutes
        See details
      • 3
        The Crankmill
        Stop: 30 minutes
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        Pass by
        Pier Store Norfolk Island Museum
      • You'll return to the starting point
      About the operator
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      • Pinetree Tours
        479
        Norfolk Island, Australia
        Joined in September 2012
      • jillcI947NA
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fabulous
        Very knowledgeable guide who made it very interesting and great sense of humour. Good value indeed. Will recommend to friends and family.ily
        Written 23 March 2024
      • V7776RNjamess
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great Meal, Great Ghost Lantern Tour of Historical Kingston!
        So get on a bus at hotel (Seaside), then drive down the road to Kingston. At number 9 Quality Row, we get out, We are greeted by a ghost chicken. Then an old lady ghost comes out and tells us to follow her. Incidentally at end of the tour we drop her off at the cemetery where we learn where her grave is if we want to visit and that she is 24 years old. The actress does an amazing job though throughout the dinner and tour but you are left wondering, surely they could have found a closer to 24 years of age actress, a surely ghosts don't age, and if they did wouldn't she be in skeleton form now. The ghost has to do some waitering. The cost of living in a graveyard is not cheap you know. The entree was garlic toast. Not only was it delicious but the ghost had ensured we would be safe from vampires that night (she didn't tell us this, I just surmised it). Main course - corned silverside with white sauce on it with three potatoes, some lettuce, cucumber and the ghost's idea of a practical joke, the most disgusting food on the planet, onions. It was very nice, and honestly as good as anything else I ate on the island. The ghost had to clear plates away between courses too. To finish off our meal she bought out chocolate lava cake, with chocolate topping, cream and blueberries, also yummy! Then we got back on what the ghost called a horseless carriage and left No. 9 Quality Row. Then we get on and off a few times (we're given lanterns) around the historic ruins of Kingston, such as the hospital (the bus driver plays the doctor),and end up at the most haunted house in Australia and I think third in the world. We sit out back in the servant's quarters and the ghost tells us some stuff. The night was a lot of fun and very informative. Plus a great way to see Kingston after dark. I'll provide this info here too as I couldn't find it anywhere and I wanted to know before I booked. Other than the meal part, are there any other differences between this Ghost tour and a rival company's Lantern Lit Ghost Tour being this one was $95 and theirs' $45? First I'll say, I did do both tours and they are both worth doing. Main differences - Lantern Lit G T goes into the cemetery. The guide on that one (dressed in a clock and talks like The Count of Sesame Street at times) does actually mention the ghost from Pinetree's tour while there. You also visit Colleen Mccullogh's grave and a few others. Lantern Lit G T visits both houses in the duplex that is the most haunted house in Australia. But honestly you're not missing much in the right duplex as it is all ruins inside. Unless you encounter something in there, which one old lady did (felt a presence) and returned to sit in the bus. The lanterns on Ghost Dinner are better producing light wise than on Lantern Lit G T, there's look more authentic to the era though. The guide does have a better one though so you can see her when she is talking or to follow her, So you do get better photos on the Dinner one. Although it's still dark and only lantern light so they are still limited. Lantern Lit G T doesn't go to the well beside the duplex for safety reasons due to their lack of lantern light (hey, I asked). Ghost Dinner has more stops to explore with the lanterns in Kingston than Lantern Lit G T does. However Lantern Lit does instead of just going down Taylor's Road like Ghost Dinner bus does, goes via Queen Elizabeth Ave, Collins Head Road, Rooty Hill Road and does stop at times to talk about non and convict era ghosts on the way to Kingston, such as an old lady hitchhiker. Lantern Lit stops in the Kingston Pier area where shots of Port (or grape juice if you prefer) along with chocolates with orange in them are passed around. Lantern Lit jumps between being a more serious ghosts are real experience to the host telling lame dad jokes such as "we're about to cross to the other side (pause) of the road." Where as Ghost Dinner is more like it's a show. Ghost Dinner is better, but remember you're paying $50 more. But I would highly recommend doing both. There's actually another called Twilight Ghost Tour Norfolk Island History and Genealogy as well, I didn't do that one but from what I could read up on it (like all these tours there isn't much info) they use instruments to try and find ghosts. Besides three with Ghost Tour in the title, Pinetree's Sound and Light Tour is narrated by various ghosts as you sit in a bus and are driven around Kingston at night while the bus lights up various buildings and actors re-enact the past as the ghosts tell the story. I did that one and can recommend it. I didn't do 1856 the Untold Story but it also seems to be a similar concept.
        Written 19 March 2024
      • noelinet483
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A must do.
        Interesting dinner held in 3 homes of Norfolk Islanders with informative talks. Dessert to die for. A good invite into Island living.
        Written 16 March 2024
      • noelinet483
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A must do Dinner
        Great Evening, good food, good entertainment, fabulous position. Held in family home of original settlers. Owner gave a talk after dinner which wax very informative and interesting. Terrific dessert, thanks Johan
        Written 16 March 2024
      • Larso1
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Pinetree Tours Ghost Tour & Dinner
        We went with Pinetree Tours Ghost Tour & Dinner, hosted by the ghost of Elizabeth White Robertson, who died 11th January 1847. The tour left by bus from Pinetree's depot in Burnt Pine and our meal was eaten in the servant's quarters at one of the houses in Quality Row. After the meal, the bus took us back towards the wharf at Kingston Pier, where we visited the ruins of the hospital and surgeons' quarters before going back to No. 2 Quality Row to visit the ruins of the Civil Officer's Quarters. Lots of ghost stories were recounted along the way.
        Written 13 March 2024
      • Larso1
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fish Fry is amazing!
        We went on the organised Fish Fry tour with Pinetree Tours but made our own way to "Orn Da Cliff" by car because we had our own transport. The meal was excellent, and the venue is great, all undercover, but they also have an outdoor venue as well. Great entertainment by Trent, a local, but originally from Pitcairn Island, plus they had some local girls doing traditional Tahitian dancing. The site is at the top of the cliff, as the venue title suggests, and you will see amazing views and sunsets from there. Thoroughly recommend!
        Written 12 March 2024
      • seetheworld58
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Norfolk Island Progressive Dinner
        Went to the Progressive Dinner whilst on a N.I. tour with a group of women. The 3 different families warmly welcomed us, fed us with lovely food and spoke of life on the island. Very different & interesting night.
        Written 29 February 2024
      • seetheworld58
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Night at the Fish Fry on Norfolk
        Went to the Fish Fry whilst on a group tour. Lovely location. Lots of people catered for so had to queue for the food. Good assortment of salad & local specialties. The fish was excellent & plentiful. Guy with a guitar entertained us with songs plus local girls danced.
        Written 29 February 2024
      • peter s
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        An enjoyable way to spend an evening.
        A good overall dining experience with the Tahitian influence now firmly incorporated into the Norfolk Island culture.
        Written 27 February 2024
      • R0sie26
        0 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Not a bad night.
        Pleasant evening. Meal was ok. All ran like clockwork. Not much interesting information or stories told. It felt a bit like the entree and main meal hosts were going through the motions. The island has a lot of history an a unique lifestyle but this knowledge was not really imparted.
        Written 23 February 2024
      • 751dallasc
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        What a great night!
        What a wonderful night! It was the best fish I have ever tasted! The salads were lovely and the entertainment first class. Staff were all very hospitable and made all the guests feel right at home. I loved everything about the night.
        Written 23 February 2024
      • Fritzi1605
        0 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Progressive dinner recommended but with a few adjustments
        I love the idea of the local community opening their doors to share home-cooked meals with visitors. It's a generous gesture for the benefit of both. However, whilst our experience was mostly okay I would like suggest a few prospective improvements. Firstly, it would be good to have drinking water available with the main meal. The wine and juice were appreciated but carafes of water would be a good addition. Secondly, I would recommend that insect repellent be provided where there are lots of mosquitoes (or alert people beforehand to bring their own). We were on the island for a week (and came equipped with repellent) but were only attacked once during that time and it was at the home in which we had dessert. I suspect that there may have been water nearby. Thirdly, while it was interesting to hear the grandfather of the host of the main meal talk about his whaling experience the talk could be curated to remove some of the gory details, and to minimise the memory lapses that the dear gentleman suffered. The host should have provided some assistance during these lapses. Having said all of that, none of these matters are deal breakers and can easily be addressed. I still recommend the experience.
        Written 5 February 2024
      • friederikak2014
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fun Fish Fry
        The fish fry was more than just a fish fry. The meal, comprised of fresh trumpeter, a range of salads and some local culinary specialties (offering optional seconds and thirds) was very tasty. Equally enjoyable was the music and narrative provided by Pitcairn local, Trent Christian and the traditional performances by the talented Bounty Beauties. And all of this was in a gorgeously lush setting overlooking the ocean.
        Written 31 January 2024
      • Cherrie T
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The island is very beautiful and relaxing but again is not really accommodating for people with disabilities.
        Great surroundings and the atmosphere was fantastic Unfortunately toilets were a bit of a walk with a walker. Not completely set up for people with disabilities.
        Written 25 January 2024
      • andrewpM4481OD
        0 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Not what I was expecting!
        Food was homely and tasted great. Guitarist and dancers were very good. Tin roof shed venue basic with remote toilet block, and could be better. Only one type of fried fish available, very greasy! Felt like being at boarding school having to take plastic plates to tubs and scrape left overs into buckets! Could have had a better experience for the $ it cost.
        Written 11 January 2024
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      MDKbrisbane
      Brisbane, Australia458 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2022
      this was a very interesting tour and the guy who took it was very knowledgeable on all the history of this island. it was really good to go into the depth of the working day of a convict and how they lived. the tour of the cemetery was again so interesting and everyone seemed well entertained. had our arvo tea at emily bay which was good to ask more questions and meet other people.
      minor thing i would like on most tours to have the guides with microphones as some of the groups are big and you cant hear everything especially when it is windy.
      Written 25 April 2022
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      Thanks for your review on our Convict Settlement Tour. I'm so glad you had a good time. Our drivers normally use microphones on board our vehicles, but I'm assuming you mean to have a microphone while outdoors? This is a great idea, and I will certainly look into this.
      Written 25 April 2022
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      MichelleT
      Kerang, Australia56 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2023
      Great tour, with a very informative guide. Touring through the old Convict
      Settlement and a visit to the cemetery where our guide spoke about some of the people/headstones. Our tour guide also had pictures to show us what the old gaol would have looked like.
      Written 25 January 2023
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      Thank you for your review. I'm really glad you enjoyed the tour. It is an extremely interesting tour with so much history!
      Written 29 January 2023
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      Talwag5
      Sydney, NSW16 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Couples
      The tour was really informative, great history and the sites very well kept. Very hot day so personal protection is definitely needed as all outdoors. Would have like to have included a historical house to visit, but overall a great 3 hours. Tea/coffee/water by the beach was a nice touch.
      Written 12 January 2024
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      Thank you for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. We feel the museums (houses) deserve a good amount of time spent at them, and don't want anyone to feel rushed through them, so we choose not to include them. There's so much incredible information to fit into 3 hours! I'm really glad you had a good time!
      Written 28 January 2024
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      Kevin P
      Cooroy, Australia265 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So very interesting. Great tour guide. The time was fully utilised. Lovely afternoon tea in the convict area. I would certainly put this as a must do for anyone visiting NI.
      We will return to do some of the museums ourselves.
      Written 21 October 2023
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      Marie K
      Bundaberg, Australia1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2023
      WE ARE ELDERLY AND WENT WITH OUR GROWN UP 50 YR OLDS. WE HAVE A STRONG INTEREST IN HISTORY. SADLY I HAVE FORGOTTEN THE GUIDE'S NAME BUT HE WAS EXCELLENT. THE AMOUNT OF INFO HE GAVE US REALLY HELPED US TO FEEL FOR THOSE WHO WERE BROUGHT TO NORFOLK ISLAND. WE HAD ALREADY BEEN TO A COUPLE OF MUSEUMS AND THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE "HO HUM - MORE OF THE SAME" BUT NO! MUCH CLEARER PICTURE OF THE SITUATION IN THE TWO SETTLEMENTS. WE HEARD NOT ONLY STORIES OF THE CONVICTS BUT ALSO THE DIFFICULTIES FACED BY THOSE IN AUTHORITY.
      AS WE DROVE PAST QUALITY ROW HE DID NOT MENTION ANYTHING ABOUT THAT WHICH SURPRISED US. HOWEVER WE GOT LOTS OF INTERESTING AND HORRIFYING INFORMATION AT THE CEMETERY.
      WE WOULD RECOMMEND THE TOUR
      Written 14 April 2023
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      Thank you so much for your review. I'm really glad you enjoyed our Convict Settlement Tour. It is such an interesting tour!
      Written 18 April 2023
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      Aimee T
      Melbourne, Australia17 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2023 • Couples
      Norfolk itself was great but I wouldn't recommend this tour.
      We had Liz as our tour guide and her knowledge was somewhat sketchy - perhaps this is the oldest grave, no perhaps it's this other one etc.
      Most of the information provided I could have determined myself by reading the information boards.
      She has very strong views about other community members (which we heard all about), took personal phone calls during the tour & gave us her opinionated thoughts on the current political unrest between Norfolk being independent from the mainland.
      I'm sorry for the negative review but I don't believe this provided value for money.
      Written 20 November 2023
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      Could you please confirm when this tour was? We haven't had this guide on our tour for a long time. Did you travel with another company? Either way, I am very sorry you experienced this. We will speak to our guides regardless.
      Written 20 November 2023
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      Linda C
      18 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      July 2023 • Family
      Our tour guide Max was very knowledgeable and gave us a great experience. Well worth the time and money.
      Written 9 July 2023
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      Max is Great isn't he! We are so lucky to have him. I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour!
      Written 16 July 2023
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      Marie dillon4@bigpond.com
      Melbourne, Australia221 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2023
      There is so much history and the conditions the poor people had to go through for the smallest mistake un thinkable
      It is very sad to think of the ways we have treated people in the past
      Written 11 June 2023
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      Thank you for your review. I'm really glad you enjoyed the tour. It gives you such an insight into the history doesn't it!
      Written 13 June 2023
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      Marie K
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2023
      So much interesting information, with stories to remember and highlight just what that history meant for those who were convicts or guards and officers. Hard to say whether the operation of the jail was more horrific or reading the stories on the tombstones. A terrible time to be part of that story.
      I think our guide had one of the Pitcairn names which authenticates the experience.
      Written 12 May 2023
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      Thank you so much for your review. I'm really glad you enjoyed the tour and learnt so much. There's so much history!
      Written 14 May 2023
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      Aprudeli
      Casino, Australia108 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Did this tour with Brock who is a fantastic guide sharing his knowledge of the sites and history. Had information for us as well as books showing how things looked in the past. Included afternoon tea.
      Written 22 February 2023
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      Thanks so much for your review. I'm really glad you enjoyed the tour!
      Written 23 February 2023
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