Castaway-Norfolk-Island-MermaidThe Lady Mermaid was sculpted from a piece of wood cut from the banyan tree that once stood in front of the Castaway Hotel by the proprietor and tourism entrepreneur Ken Prentice.

The wood was bleached in the salt water of Emily Bay for six months when the Castaway Hotel was being renovated, and was then hung in the public bar.

The sculpture was removed by two long term patrons of the hotel when it was sold in 1984, and returned for the prosperity and goodwill of the new and current owners, Tony and Sarah Watts, in 2015.  Saran is Ken’s grandaughter.

Castaway norfolk island accommodation and rugby on the rockRUGBY ON NORFOLK

In the first week of August, teams of golden oldies arrived on Norfolk Island to hotly compete in the Rugby on the Rock competition. Golden Oldies they might be, but they certainly put on a great show and that extends to after the game socialising as well.

Castaway catered for each of the games held at historic Kingston oval, which is in the heart of the World Heritage convict settlement area of Norfolk. Sheltered by Government House hill and just a stone’s throw from the turquoise waters of Slaughter Bay, this is arguably one of the most beautiful sporting fields you’ll find. And the Castaway team toughed it out down there for three whole days, serving wood-fired pizzas straight from the mobile oven! That’s dedication!

Mid-week, the teams let their hair down at a Karaoke Night at Castaway itself, right in the centre of Burnt Pine. The night kicked off at 6.30am with a delicious a la carte menu and some great specials on offer. It was a night when legends were made!

CROQUET ANYONE?

No, not something covered in bread crumbs that you eat, the game played with a mallet, hoops and balls! The ‘it’ game of the early twentieth century, Croquet is experiencing a rebirth and last month, Norfolk Island hosted the Convicts Cup Croquet competition and the winner stayed at Castaway.

Actually, Castaway had the pleasure of hosting thirty of the eighty participants, including the officials and the winning player.   It was a great week and the players worked hard, competing over four days, from Tuesday to Friday.

Kingston oval is completely transformed for this competition. The groundsmen take meticulous care of the surface to ensure the smoothest, flattest playing area for the competitors. Each day, Kingston, the world heritage jewel in Norfolk’s crown was transformed with the influx of Croquet players and their fans.

In June 2016, we are looking forward to welcoming back many of this year’s players as well as newcomers. The event is being held from Monday 20th June to Thursday 23rd June, but check out the package available through Go See Touring at http://www.goseetouring.com/tourspackages – it’s a great way to experience Norfolk Island.