Norfolk Island, an 8 km x 5 km Australian island in the South Pacific Ocean defined by Norfolk Island Pine Trees, lush verdant volcanic terrain and jagged cliffs.
Just a two hour flight from Brisbane or Sydney on July 1 2016, the island’s independence came to an end as the debt ridden holiday haven was taken over by the Australian Government.
For many islanders the changes were not welcome but there was no other choice.
I was there just prior to the hand over and can attest to the landscape. It is beautiful, postcard perfect and a place all Australians should strive to visit at least once in their life.
I learned more about Australia’s convict history there than in any other place in Australia. It’s not a pretty story. There were some very gruesome events and most of them are entwined with Sydney’s convict beginnings.