History & High Tea
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: NFI-003
Delve into Norfolk Island’s infamous past at a cyclorama that depicts the story of the HMS Bounty’s mutineers and at a penal colony in Kingston, followed by an elegant High Tea.
After departing from the pier, you will drive to Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama, a 360° panoramic painting that depicts the history of the HMS Bounty’s mutineers. You will be able to visually trace their journey from England to Tahiti to Pitcairn Island and finally to Norfolk Island, where their descendants resettled. Two local artists created the cyclorama painting over two years, and it recounts the mutineers’ story in a continuing series of scenes.
Next, you will drive to Kingston for a walking tour of the area where the mutineers landed. The spot was already notorious as the site of one of Australia’s most brutal penal colonies. Convicts from other countries were shipped here from 1788 to 1855, and some of the Georgian buildings they constructed still remain. In fact, Kingston is of such great historical significance that it has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Later, you will drive to a charming local venue for High Tea on the front lawn. In anticipation, tables will have been formally set with fine china and floral arrangements. A number of small plates will be served with tea, of course. The grand finale includes a sampling of several local liqueurs with provocative names such as Pitcairn Passion and Convicts Cure. Following High Tea, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking/standing and there will be some steps to negotiate. Due to a lack of storage space on the vehicles, the tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those guests with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layered clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.