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Tourism Boost for Norfolk Island National Park
Park manager Dr Coral Rowston said the visitor centre would become a 'first stop shop' for park visitors and locals, packed with the latest information about the park and Norfolk's natural environment.
"This is a milestone for Norfolk - our first purpose-built visitor interpretive centre for the island," Dr Rowston said.
"The next stage is to fit out the interior of the centre with contemporary and interactive displays. We're planning to have this finished by the end of the year.
"I'm again amazed at the skills and talent of the people who have assisted in getting the construction to this stage. On behalf of Parks Australia, a huge thank you to all involved in delivering this challenging project. When the interior is finished, the centre is going to be a first-class facility supporting tourism on the island."
Crosscut Constructions' Brandt McRitchie and Norfolk Island Tourism manager Glenn Buffett, officially cut the ribbon to celebrate completion of the centre's construction last Wednesday.
At the same time, the park and BAUNTI ESCAPES launched another innovative product for Nofolk's tourist market - iPod self-guided tours for visitors that prefer to visit the park on their own rather than choose to go on a tour.
The iPod tour gives visitors the flexibility to wander the parks trails at their leisure while listening to recorded, informative commentary about the walk, and the plants and birds of Norfolk. This modern twist to guided tours has not been seen on Norfolk Island before and is set to be a huge hit with visitors and locals alike. Anyone wishing to hire out the iPods should see the friendly staff at BAUNTI ESCAPES.