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  • Virginia M
    Erina, Australia74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had so much fun on this tour. The guide was knowledgeable, and easy going. A bit crowded with 22 people on board. I think even 20 or less more comfortable, as everyone was basically squished in.
    The scenery and time in Emily Bay well worth seeing from out on a boat, but the viewing of what’s underwater was stunning. Recommended.
    Written 29 April 2024
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  • dasdad54
    Sydney, Australia124 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went on a couple of their tours, the Convict Tour and the Early Morning Bushwalk. Both tours had guides who know the history of the island and were very interactive with the guests on the tours.
    Written 24 March 2023
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  • lyonsj33
    Padstow, Australia14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    THe morning ride with horses was fabulous. Relaxing. Morning tea was great.

    Thoroughly enjoyed being transported by Clydesdale horses.
    Written 2 September 2019
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  • James S
    324 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was surprised and disappointed when another customer on the bus while we waited for everyone to arrive wanted to confirm we definitely don't get off the bus, and she was reassured that we don't. I'd assumed from the spiel on the website that you'd get out and at least watch locals re-enacting various parts of a story, and likely get to interact with them.

    So what is the Sound and Light Show? Well basically you sit in a bus that is no longer just taking you to the Kingston building destinations, but it is in fact the destination. So you pick up a ghost on the couple of minutes drive down the hill from Burnt Pine which isn't as an actor, it's just the driver pressing play on the CD, MP3 player. Then for the tour the audiobook has a narrator, well a bunch of different ghost narrators telling you about their lives as convicts, interrupted by reenactment voices of characters in the ghosts' stories, as teens and an older actor or two lit up by spotlights on the bus role play what is going on with Kingston buildings as the backdrop. It is actually better than it sounds, in fact it is actually quite well done. The acting is good, the teens mouth movements and actions are in sync with the audio playing in the bus, and the costumes high quality. I'd compare it to The End of the World Train, in Ushuaia, Argentina (another convict built destination).

    The road is of course still open to other vehicles, so you'd occasionally have an elderly tourist in a rental car drive between the bus and the actors taking you out of the, we're supposed to be back in the early 1800s vibe. Speaking of vehicles, our driver was very good, in fact she was quite interesting talking to us as we were waiting for passengers to arrive and answering any question any passenger had about Norfolk Island and what is like to live there, what it was like during Covid and well anything we wanted to know. The bus itself was your normal basic mini bus that gets used on all Pinetree Tours. Being you're inside the bus, it is actually quite difficult to get any decent photos of the actors performing. You've got the window and reflections of phone screens (so be considerate of others and turn off the lighting up your screen in your phone's settings),and you've also obviously got people in seats between you and the action when it is happening on the opposite side of the bus.

    I probably wouldn't have done the tour if I'd known what it was, but I'm glad I did do it, as it was quite enjoyable. I still would have preferred a get off the bus experience though, but then I am around half the age of most other tourists who visit Norfolk Island who I guess when planning tours are what all the tours are designed for. Later doing other tours, some passengers do take quite a while to get out and even in the buses, and although that would have lengthened the time between scenes (bus drives to different buildings in Kingston) and overall length of trip, I still think it would have been worth it . I did wonder though, since it is a bus tour, especially being it starts at 8:15pm and therefore when it ends you've got to walk back in the dark to your accommodation, this one doesn't pick you up from your hotel or at the very least drop you back there. Considering other tours by Pinetree do.

    Even though I have been critical of some aspects of it, I do highly recommend anyone visiting Norfolk Island do this tour. Four and a half stars out of five.
    Written 19 March 2024
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  • Kylie H
    15 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did this activity when we were recently on Norfolk for our honeymoon. Whilst it was fun to dress up, I wouldn't recommend this activity if you are under 60yo. It also isn't very good value for money. We understood the concept of "being a convict for a night" which explains the food however the price needs to reflect this - not charging $95pp.
    Save your money & enjoy a dinner at one of the many other beautiful restaurants on the island
    Written 16 June 2022
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