A phrase you’ll often hear on Norfolk Island is, “Every side es gude side“, meaning everywhere on Norfolk is beautiful. And if you’re visiting Norfolk for the first time, you’re about to realise that statement is wonderfully, delightfully true.
Everywhere you go, you’ll discover some memorable, photo-worthy scene or remarkable vestige of history. But even in Paradise, some vistas are grander than others. The view from Islander Lodge is one. It may be the most iconic landscape on Norfolk Island.
Below you from your apartment is the full expanse of Kingston, with Phillip and Nepean Islands in the background. With each of the Island’s four settlement periods beginning here, some say it’s the very essence of Norfolk.
Kingston was first an ancient Polynesian site perhaps 600 to 800 years before Captain Cook arrived in 1774. It would later be the seat of the first and second English settlements on the Island (1788-1814 and 1825-1855, respectively) and is considered one of the finest collections of Georgian-era architecture in the Southern Hemisphere.
You are an easy walk or a short drive from the landing site of Philip Gidley King and his party of First Fleeters in 1788 or of Government House, built in 1829 and fully restored. Beautiful and safe – Emily and Slaughter Bays, great for a swim, the four Norfolk Island Museums and the historic Norfolk Island Golf Course with its club house originally built in 1848 are just a short distance away. And it is still the heart and soul of the present-day Pitcairn community, which you can be reminded of if you hear the traditional Island hymns being sung on a Sunday afternoon at All Saint’s Church, since 1874 the oldest church on the Island, located just down the hill.
This panoply of stunning scenery, history, culture and recreation is there before you with each new day. Indeed, you are so close to this UNESCO World Heritage-Listed site you are actually literally a part of it, within its boundary. You can feel this interconnectedness with your surroundings not only when you’re looking down upon Kingston, but from the Kingston commons looking up. In fact, it may be when looking up onto Islander Lodge that you fully realise just how truly incomparable is its location. From the commons, the Lodge rests just uphill from the New Military Barracks (new because it was built in 1836, two years after the Old Military Barracks) and immediately behind some grassy hillocks which were originally corn silos built in the 1840’s. From that perspective and most others in Kingston, looking upwards, the Islander Lodge is the only accommodation you will see. Comfortable amenities aside, you really are staying within a part of history.
We say on Norfolk, if we can get you here, you’ll leave wanting to return. The Islander Lodge is one of the reasons why.
Islander Lodge is owned and operated by the Evans’ family. a local Island family that has helped lead the tourism industry on Norfolk for very close to 50 years. Your present-generation hosts, Duncan and Gaewyn Evans, and their staff are dedicated to serving their guests and ensuring a fulfilling holiday experience, from the point of landing to departure.
Islander Lodge consists of five self-catering one-bedroom apartments. Each apartment is self-contained with an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, along with an attached private outdoor area with your own barbeque facilities. The kitchen is well-equipped with modern appliances for guests who enjoy preparing their own meals, but keep in mind most of Norfolk’s array of restaurants and cafes are within easy reach, as well.
Sleeping only two people, the Islander Lodge is the ideal affordable accommodation option for couples or friends travelling together.
For more information please visit: www.norfolkislandaccommodation.comor call into the accommodation office at Borry’s Rental Cars, 93 Taylors Road. Phone: +6723 22100 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org