Archive | March 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Reflections are probably my favourite photos to take. There is something very special to me in walking past a body of water and seeing a reflection of a tree or nearby building. I have hundreds to choose from but have chosen just a small number of them for this challenge.

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Norfolk Island: Freight deliveries

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Freight deliveries are a big deal on Norfolk Island. The island is 1600kms from Australia where it gets a lot of it’s supplies. The cheapest way to bring things to the island is by boat. Planes are extremely expensive. Pretty much everything from food to cars and boats are shipped in. And not very regularly either. In fact it is such a big deal that for days before the freighters are due, you can feel the excitement building up amongst the residents. Many of them have begun to run out of stock in their shops or are just looking forward to something new to sell.

We were lucky to be there when a ship was due. If the weather’s not good enough for the goods to be unloaded, the freighters have to wait out at sea for the right day. Therefore, supplies can be tantalisingly close but so far. Everything has to be cleared through Customs so it can take a day or so for the smaller boats to load up from the freighters and unload on the dock. We were among the many people who parked our car and just sat there watching the activity. It was a great insight into such an important event for the island.

Norfolk Island: Emily Bay

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Most of the beaches on Norfolk Island are at the base of steep cliffs but Emily Bay isn’t and is one of the safest beaches on the island. It’s the perfect family beach, protected by a reef off the nearby headland. It’s also a great spot for snorkelling. It’s a beautiful, peaceful area surrounded by Norfolk Pines.

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Nearby ruins

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Looking from Emily Bay to Kingston and other historic buildings and ruins.

Norfolk Island: Queen Elizabeth Lookout

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The lookout is one of the most popular on the island. It overlooks the town of Kingston which used to be the main town but is now the main administrative and historical town on the island. Norfolk Island has been settled three times in the last 230 years. Most of the current buildings were built during the second and third settlements.

In the picture above you can see some of the oldest and most historic buildings on the island. They include the Commissariat Store, New Military Barracks, Old Military Barracks and the Officer’s Bath which was an engineering marvel. These buildings still stand but you can also see the ruins of many other buildings including houses. At number 10 Quality Row, there is a beautiful house and garden. They were all built during the second settlement of the island between 1825 and 1855. It was then known as hell on earth.

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Norfolk Island

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Our first view of the island. You can see it’s not a large island. Approximately 8kms x 3.5kms. The airport takes up around one third of the island as you can see from the air. The cleared land in the centre is the airport. It took about 4 hours to fly there from Melbourne. The island is only a small island; about 877 kms east of Australia and is a territory of New South Wales with it’s own government.

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Phillip Island is about 6km south of Norfolk Island. It is uninhabited due to being so rocky.

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This photo was taken as the plane landed and was our first real view of the beautiful, lush green island that was to be our home for the next week.

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The airport is tiny. It really only contains a waiting area, small customs area and some offices behind the doors. We learned very quickly that most Islanders work 2 or 3 jobs and can often be seen clearing you through Customs at the airport then serving you your dinner at one of the restaurants.

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