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Norfolk Island

Description of Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island is located in the continent Oceania and in between the Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand. The capital city of Norfolk Island is Kingston. It is a small island of the Pacific Ocean with an area of 35 square kilo meters. It is also the external territory of the Australia. The island has a maximum population of nearly 2000 people.

History

The history of the island dates back to 14th or 15th century when East Polynesian seafarers were settled. They have survived over the land for several centuries.

During the second voyage to South Pacific Ocean, Capitan James Cook has sighted on this island in the year 1774 and he is the first European to be sighted on that island.

As proposed by John Call, the British government considered the Norfolk Island as one of the auxiliary settlement because of the advantages in the year 1784.

Later few people arrived to the island in the year 1788 and ordered the king to lead the part which has 15 convicts and also 7 free men for controlling the island and to make it a ready for commercial development. After that, Norfolk Island has gone on developing.

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Norfolk Island is located in northern and the eastern hemispheres with the coastline of South Pacific Ocean. The extreme points of Norfolk are Mount Bates with 319 m in high and South Pacific Ocean in low.

Language

The official languages of Norfolk Island are English and Norfolk.

Culture

  • Though there is no originating culture on the island during the settlement, there is an influence of Tahitian from Pitcairn settlers which has shown Polynesian culture in some aspects that includes the hula dance.  There are also some local cuisines which have the same influence.
  • Islamic and may be Christianity are the major religions in the Norfolk Island.
  • The people of the island spend their most of the time outdoors with fishing and the other aquatic hunts.
  • The island is more accessible to tourism and it is a noticeable factor here. One more noticeable factor of Norfolk wave is the drivers will wave each other as they go on passing.
  • There are also few novelists in the island. The island is out the North America which is one of the few locations to celebrate the holiday.
  • It has also been the site of two murderers in the 21st century.
  • It is only the island and non-mainland Australian territory which achieved its self-governance. The island is governed by the Norfolk Island Act 1979.

Holidays

The public holidays of Norfolk Island are, 1 January (New Year's Day), 26 January (Australia Day), 6 March (Foundation Day), Good Friday (Easter Monday), 25 April (Anzac Day), 8 June (Bounty Day), Monday after second Saturday in June (Queen's Birthday); October Monday, 12 October in 2009 (Norfolk Island Agricultural Show); November Wednesday, 25 November in 2009 (Thanksgiving Day), 25 December (Christmas Day), 26 December (Boxing Day).

Climate and Weather:

Norfolk Island is having the Marine subtropical climate and is characterized best as mild. The temperature of the island never falls below 10 degrees centigrade or rise above the 26-degree centigrade. Average year’s precipitation will be 12,902 millimeters.

Travelling and Tourism

With less than 3 hours of flight journey from Sydney, Auckland the island will have good-looking beaches, world heritage convict site, national parks, iconic pines etc. There are many Norfolk hotels and cottages to stay in your holiday visit to the island.

Vacation and Destinations

There are many destination and vacation spots to visit for the people of all the ages. So, spend your holiday season in this beautiful place.

Some facts about Norfolk Island

Population of country 1,828 people
Area of Norfolk Island 35 sq. kilometers
Located on the continent Oceania (OC)
Capital of Norfolk Island Kingston
Currency at Norfolk Island Dollar (AUD)
Domain Zone .nf
Phone country code 672
FIPS code of Norfolk Island NF

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More information about Norfolk Island

Climate of Norfolk Island:
  • subtropical
  • mild, little seasonal temperature variation
Terrain of Norfolk Island:
  • volcanic formation with mostly rolling plains
Norfolk Island also has such useful resources as: fish.

Top cities of Norfolk Island


City Name Population State Coordinates
1 Kingston 880 people -29.05459 x 167.96628

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