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Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area

Norfolk Island

Travel restrictions are in place for Norfolk Island

The Australian Government is continuing to closely monitor the impacts and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

In recognition of Norfolk Island's ongoing vulnerability to the risks posed by COVID-19, an emergency declaration and travel restrictions are in place until the end of June 2020. Only residents and essential personnel are able to travel to Norfolk Island.

The museums and research centre at the Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area are not operating, however conservation and maintenance at the site is continuing.

The safety and wellbeing of visitors, staff, volunteers and the community is a priority.

For more information see Coronavirus response—extension of emergency declaration and travel ban.

The Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) is a World Heritage site located on Norfolk Island. One of Australia’s most interesting and important heritage sites, KAVHA is a living showcase of Polynesian, convict and Pitcairn Islander history.

The site is a traditional focal point for the Norfolk Island community. As a living heritage site, KAVHA continues to contribute to the life, identity and culture of the Norfolk Island community.

KAVHA is recognised for being among the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts. It is one of eleven sites that make up the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property.

The site is well known for its picturesque character, outstanding Georgian buildings and evocative ruins. The only way to truly experience this rich, vibrant part of world history is to see it for yourself.

The site includes Commonwealth crown land, freehold land owned by the Norfolk Island Regional Council, and privately managed freehold and leasehold lands.

Entry to the KAVHA site is free. Individual entry fees to the Norfolk Island Museum and Research Centre located on site apply.

View from Flagstaff overlooking the Crankmill building and the Pier Store. Photograph: Rob Nisbet

View from Flagstaff overlooking the Crankmill building and the Pier Store.
Photograph: Rob Nisbet