230th Anniversary of the wrecking of HMS Sirius

230th Anniversary of the wrecking of HMS Sirius

Slaughter Bay Aerial Norfolk Island

16 March 2020 - 20 March 2020


from $1149 pp twin share


This important Australian anniversary marks 230 years since the 1790 wrecking of the flagship of the First Fleet HMS Sirius on Norfolk Island. A unique program of events on Norfolk Island.

Holiday Package Inclusions

Return ‘seat and bag’ airfare to Norfolk Island
Meet & Greet at Norfolk Island Airport
Return airport transfers on Norfolk Island
7 nights twin share accommodation
7 days car hire – petrol additional
Half Day Island Tour
Complimentary ‘Mini Golf’ & ‘A Walk in the Wild’ & free bonus gift redeemable at The Bounty Centre
Bonus Norfolk Island discount shopping card

Event Details

A Very Special HMS Sirius Event

We extend a warm invitation to you to be on Norfolk Island in March 2020 to witness events commemorating the 230th Anniversary of the wrecking of HMS Sirius. As the flagship of the First Fleet, her March 19th 1790 wrecking records her today as the Nation’s most important shipwreck.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear special guest presenter Graham Seal, author of Great Convict Stories and Professor of Folklore at Curtin University when he spotlights the extraordinary stories of the convicts who became the founders of the Nation many of whom lived through this tumultuous event. Presentations, workshops and tours are only to be offered during this special event on Norfolk Island.

Graham Seal

The Wrecking of HMS Sirius March 1790

With the wrecking of the First Fleet’s flagship, Norfolk became home to the Nation’s most important shipwreck as well as over 500 First Fleeters.

Visiting Norfolk Island for the 230th Anniversary you have the opportunity to ‘stand in the shoes’ of your ancestor and all the hardy First Fleeters who lived through this dramatic time in Australia’s history. Their lives and the lives of the others who joined them to settle the Island were intriguing, rugged and detailed. Through sheer grit and determination they survived.

Special Guest Presenter – Graham Seal

Graham Seal is an award-winning writer and author of the bestselling ‘Great Australian Stories’ series on Australian history and folklore, including ‘Great Convict Stories’. He is Professor of Folklore at Curtin University in Perth, WA and is currently writing a book on the transportation of men, women and children in the British Empire from the seventeenth century.

Don and Sue Brian

Don and Sue Brian have been exploring their linked passions for history and folklore for over 40 years. In recent years, they’ve had a particular interest in collecting the stories, songs and poems of the Islanders, from the convict settlers to present day. Don sings traditional folksongs, and sea shanties which tell the maritime history of the Pacific and is part of the traditional shanty group, ‘The Roaring Forties’.

Holiday Package Prices

14 – 21 March 2020 depart Brisbane from $1149 per person twin share
15 – 22 March 2020 depart Sydney from $1199 per person twin share
16 – 23 March 2020 depart Sydney from $1199 per person twin share

Registration Details

Optional 230th Anniversary package

We highly recommend taking out the Optional 230th Anniversary Package $399pp that includes;

  • Welcome dinner with guest speaker Graham Seal
  • Four Workshops including Convict Stories by Graham Seal; Convict songs and poems by Don and Sue Brian; and Museum personnel on caring for the Sirius artefact collection and the background story to the drama of the wrecking
  • 19th March special event – Sumptuous waterfront Luncheon in a marquee set up adjacent to the wreck site including guest speaker Graham Seal and entertainment
  • HMS Sirius Museum tour – special dedicated tour by Norfolk Island Museum staff
  • Norfolk Island four Museum Pass including Tag-A-Long tour
  • Fabulous farewell Fish Fry dinner with farewell talk, entertainment including singer and Island dancing

Other optional activities available include: Attending Government House Open Day; and Cabbage-hat style making demonstration with Devonshire Tea.

Terms and Conditions

Please note prices are current today and subject to change without notice up until time of final payment and ticketing.

Conditions/Cancellation Penalties

Please note non-refundable deposit of $200 per person due upon confirmation of booking. Full payment is due prior to 29 November 2019. Airfare is subject to availability and non-refundable after issue. Changes are permitted until day before departure however date/route changes can only be made within 7 days travel dates either side of your original booked travel dates. Amendments, upgrades and name changes are NOT permitted within 24 hours prior to departure. Payment of a change fee (per passenger) applies plus any applicable upgrade fees to cover the difference between the original fare and the new fare. Accommodation cancellation penalties apply within 90 days prior to travel. Within 60 days of travel, up to 100% cancellation fees may apply. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect you in some instances for unforeseen cancellation.

Payment Options

Prices shown are in Australian dollars unless otherwise stated (New Zealand prices indicated by NZ$ prefix). Prices are valid for payment by personal or bank cheques or by direct deposit into Norfolk Island Travel Centre client trust account. If you prefer to pay by Visa or Mastercard please note credit card surcharge of 1.5% applies to AUD prices.

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A word from your dedicated travel agent - Maria

And why not extend your experience by beginning your journey a little earlier when First Fleet Celebrations start with Foundation Day on the 6th of March. Foundation Day celebrates the arrival of 23 First Fleeters on the 6th of March 1788 when Norfolk Island became the second NSW colony settlement.

If you have a family and friends group of 10+ please ask me about conditions for one person’s accommodation to be free!