KING ISLAND is a very large island off the coast of north western Tasmania. You must fly into King Island either from Tasmania or from airports in Melbourne. There are some facilities including an airport and a port at Currie. The sights include CAPE WICKHAM, which has the tallest light house in Australia, the CALCIFIED forest with its trees that have turned into stone, PENGUIN viewing at Currie and the famous SHIP WRECK coast with its beautiful beaches. King Island is a very relaxing place to stay with a unique local culture and some great food to taste.
You can only reach King Island by flying into its airport at Currie from either Essendon or Moorabbin regional airports in Melbourne, Australia or from the airports of WYNYARD, DEVONPORT and LAUNCESTON in Tasmania.
Currie is the largest town on King Island and is centrally located in the middle western side of the island. The town of Grassy dominates the south of the island.
FACILITIES: There are shops, hotels, cafes and a petrol station at Currie. There are shops and a hotel at Grassy. There is some accommodation on KING ISLAND.
TOURIST information is located at 34 Edward Street, Currie. The telephone is 1800 645014 or contact www.kingisland.org.au
KING ISLAND COACH TOURS the telephone is (03) 6462 1288 or 0417 558 447
AIR LINES to King Island depart from:
KING ISLAND AIRLINES has flights from Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne, Victoria. Call (03) 9580 3777.
REX (REGIONAL EXPRESS) has flights from Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne and from Burnie, Tasmania. Telephone 13 17 13 or contact www.rex.com.au
SHORTSTOP JET CHARTER has flights from Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria. Call (03) 9379 9299 or contact www.shortstop.com.au
TASAIR has flights from DEVONPORT Airport, Tasmania. The telephone number is 1800 062 900 or the contact is www.tasair.com.au
AYTON AVIATION has scenic flights of King Island. The telephone numbers are (03) 6462 1112 and 0408 500 012
SIGHTS: King Island is a different place even from Tasmania. The life style there is very friendly and it is so relaxed that the locals leave their keys in their cars. It is world famous for its; beef, cream, cheese and lobster, which the tourists enjoy. There are many great beaches in the eastern and northern coasts, plus good walks. The island is famous for all the shipwrecks littered around the coasts. There are many great sights on the island and they are easy to reach by car. They include the;
CAPE WICKHAM Light House is the tallest lighthouse in Australia and it is located at the northern tip of King Island.
DISCOVERY TOURS of King Island call (03) 6462 1118
LAVINIA Nature Reserve has much wild life and great forests. It is in the North East of King Island.
CALCIFIED FOREST has the remnants of 7000 year old trees that have turned into stone. It is in the south western corner of King Island.
PEGARAH Forestry Plantation has a large collection of trees. It is located East of Currie, King Island.
PENGUIN colony at Currie makes great viewing at night.
ROUTE: Navigation on King Island is easy, as there is only one major road B25. This starts at Cape Wickham in the North and runs through Currie to Grassy in the extreme South. It is the only made road on King Island. The attractions are on gravel roads that run off B25, but they are well signed and easy to reach.
WARNING: King Island is a very windy and rainy place. Walkers are strongly advised to check the weather forecast before leaving, as a sudden change in the weather could find you in a difficult situation.
- KING ISLAND
1/ King Island is a large island off the North West coast of Tasmania. Currie is the largest town on King Island. The shopping precinct has some lovely Norfolk Island pines.
2/ Currie Harbour services the fishing fleet of King Island. The fleet harvests famous delicacies like the Tasmanian lobster and scallops.
3/ Horse racing is a major sport on King Island. The island is prestigious enough to attract competitors both from Tasmania and Australia.
4/ This trotting competitor relaxes after a race at Currie on King Island
5/ This photo shows a lovely, modern church in Currie, King Island.
6/ The Currie Light House is an impressive sight. It is one of the major attractions of King Island.
7/ The view from below shows a modern, steel lighthouse.
8/ The old light house keepers house is now a museum. There are many other Colonial houses on King Island.
9/ The east coast of King Island has some of the most beautiful, but windy beaches in Tasmania.
10/ This is a lovely beach on the east coast of King Island. It has peaceful, shallow waters .
11/ There are also many peaceful lagoons on King Island.
12/ In many places the coast of King Island is rocky and treacherous.
13/ Rocks like these, plus the heavy winds, have combined to bring disaster to 70 ships off the coast of King Island.
14/ The King Island coast is littered with the debris of 70 ship wrecks.
15/ The Calcified Forest is a famous attraction of King Island. Here you can see the remains of 7,000 year old trees that have now been turned into stone.
16/ This is the Cape Wickham light house on the northern tip of King Island. It is the tallest in Australia and is 150 years old. This makes it also one of the oldest in Australia.
17/ You get a great view from the Cape Wickham Light House. Its height and location mean that it can be seen from 20 kilometres to seaward.