I recently had the pleasure of spending a week on Norfolk Island to experience its rich heritage, culture and natural environment.
For those who don't know, Norfolk Island is 1412km directly east of Australia. Its renowned for being the site of a punitive convict settlement in the late 18th and early 19th century. Later, it became the home of Pitcairn Islanders who were descendants of the Bounty mutineers.
Those descendants make up much of the 1800 population today and speak a unique language melding old English and old Tahitian.
Flying time was just over two hours from Brisbane. The island is only 8km long and 5km wide, making it easy to get around on narrow roads but a car is required. There are some steep hills and terrific walking trails in the national park.
Norfolk Island pines are ubiquitous and fortunately for them the timber isn't strong enough for ship masts, otherwise they would have all been plunded centuries ago. There are remnants of other native vegetation in the national park.
The climate is cool sub-tropical, rarely going above 30 degrees or under 10.
A week was barely enough. If the island had better communications and shipping it would be a terrific place to live.