Saturday 4 October 2008


JAZZ buffs can score themselves a double-dose of holiday fun with a package that combines both this year's Norfolk Island Jazz in the Pines Festival, and the opportunity to delve into some of Australia's most fascinating convict-era history on this picturesque island that's just 2-hours-10-minutes from Brisbane, and twenty-minutes more from Sydney.
The Festival will run from December 8 to 12 with a line-up that includes Dorian Mode, Julie Wilson, the Malcolm McNeil & Mike Walker Trio, Les Crosby and Shoalhaven Jazz, Trevor Furner & Unsafe Sax, the Jo Elms Band, and Al Dave & the monSTARS.
Norfolk & Pacific Holidays has week-long packages that start from just $1409pp twin-share from Brisbane and from $1459pp twin-share ex-Sydney at the Hillcrest Motel, with bonus Continental Breakfast daily.
This includes return air and taxes, airport transfers, an Island Tour, two Jazz Festival Dinner Shows, a Festival Lunch Show, Matinee Concert, two Night Concerts, Reserved seating at Concerts, and a free Souvenir Program; a $30 Departure Tax is payable on leaving the Island..
See travel agents, Freecall 1800 111 653 or email
AS WELL as the fascinating ruins of its convict-era penal colony and its   Bounty Mutineer heritage, Norfolk Island also offers exceptional diving, snorkelling and fishing, and is a magnet for garden buffs and star-gazers.
It is also a duty-free haven for bargain-shoppers and is unhurried, uncrowded and knows no such thing as peak-hour traffic.
Visitors can also visit several Island homes that are open for inspection, and which offer refreshments during meetings with the locals to hear of their connections with the Bounty Mutineers and about life on the Island.

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