King Island Tourism Tasmania
King Island is anchored in the middle of the Bass Strait between Victoria and Tasmania’s North West coast. Surrounded by some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, King Island imports the world’s best surfers and exports produce sought by the world’s top chefs. Succulent beef, rich gourmet cheese and crayfish plucked from the Island’s crystal clear waters are but three of the delicacies you can enjoy on your visit. While the prospect of unwinding in this quiet, peaceful paradise may be what attracts our visitors it is the people they meet while here who encourage their return. King Islanders are unbelievably friendly and welcoming while also blunt and funny. If you want prissy go elsewhere. If you want pristine come to King Island.
King Island is located approximately 80 km northwest of Tasmania in Australia and about 90 km southeast of Cape Otway on the Victorian coast of Australia. King Island, with a population between 1500 and 2000, is one of Australia’s undiscovered island retreats. Wildly rugged, windswept and attractive it boasts over 145 km of untouched coastline, an estimated 57 offshore wrecks and a wide and unusual variety of seabirds and wildlife. This is not a tiny island, it is some 64 km long and 26 km wide.
SOUTHERN GOLF GETAWAYS
The ultimate golf trip for anyone who dreams of travelling to a beautiful windswept island to play the best links courses in Australia. King Island is a golfing destination like no other set on an Island like no other.
Located in the middle of Bass Strait, King Island has the natural beauty of a untouched island with miles upon miles of pristine beaches and spectacular rocky cliffs. Shipwrecks, lighthouses and much maritime history await your discovery. Renowned also for the finest beef and cheese, a golfing trip with friends doesn’t get much better than this. Let Southern Golf Getaways organise your trip so it’s an unforgettable one.
They organise the flights in twin engined private charter aircraft, accommodation, car hire, tee times. Let Southern Golf Getaways take the pain out of organising a great golf trip - they do the yucky stuff, you golf.
Contact Adam to talk through your plans today. Call 0400 854 758
Meat your beef farm tours
Our wonderful island host's Ana and Tom have opened up their farm gates to providing King Island farm tours. Ana and Tom run a herd of around 1000 head of pure Angus and Angus cross cattle in 1100 acres. Their cattle are 100% grass fed all year around in the pure and green King Island environment. Their tours offer a true paddock to plate experience, you will learn about their farming practices and be able taste some of the best produce in Tasmania and on King Island. Ana will also dish-up the best lunch and dinner to our surf safaris guest on special request.
For farm tours call Ana on: 0427 118 903
Festival of King Island
The Festival of King Island takes place from Friday night the 29th of January at the King Island Club and then at the picturesque Currie Harbour on Saturday 30th and Sunday the 31st of January 2016. Bootleg Rascal and Boo Seeka will be making the festival part of the Sureshaker tour after very successful European tours for both bands. Johnny Rollins (runner up of The Voice 2014) will be performing acoustic and Hein Cooper is also returning from his European Tour. Claire Anne Taylor will stun with her powerful vocals which have been likened to Janice Joplin. The Spindrift Saga will be giving us a dose of the blues and the soft rock band New Black Shades will have you jumping up on the dance floor. The zany ZAP will be making their debut at the festival – and the island has not seen anything like them before. Triple j favourites Boo Seeka are also making their first appearance (although lead singer Gumby is an old hand at FOKI having played twice with Benjalu) and Lyall Moloney is returning after winning the hearts (and philosophical debates) at last year’s festival. We are thrilled to have Nick Saxon back for his 2nd solo appearance. The local talent includes the excellent "Local band", 40° South and Clare Woodburn.
There will also be a bevvy of local talent, including the excellent "Local band", Trez, Tim Woodburn's band, Kelly Lancaster, Liam Barnes, Clare Woodburn, the music makers and Dirty with the Country.
When: Jan 30th - 1st Feb
ADVENTURE FLIGHT CO
The provider of our aeroplanes and pilots. These guys have spent years delivering safe, easy travel between Victoria's Surf Coast and King Island. Their multi-talented pilots also can fly you in a variety of aircraft from Barwon Heads Airport, including ex-military Warbird Aerobatic Adventure Flights, Open Cockpit Biplane flights down the Great Ocean Road and scenic flights to the 12 Apostles. The flights to and from King Island are conducted the right way up, barrel rolls optional.
Birds of King Island
Enjoy the variety of birds, marine life and wildlife. Find the endemics, exotics and vagrants. Meet the locals. Taste the history and most importantly enjoy your stay on King Island.
Guided tours available choose from 2 hours, half days or full day tours.
Imperial 20 Marathon
King Island is home to one of Australia's unique running events, the King Island Imperial 20, proudly sponsored by SeaRoad Shipping.
The feature event, the 32 km handicapped run, is supported by several other events which include: a 32 km walking race, a 4 x 8 km teams walking relay and a 4 x 8 km running relay. Each race begins on the Sunday morning at the picturesque seaside hamlet of Naracoopa on the east coast of King Island. The course winds its way across the Island to finish on the west coast at the main township of Currie.
HORSE RACING CARNIVAL
The King Island Racing Club Inc. holds seven race meetings each season at the North Road Racecourse Complex in Currie. These are held during the December/January period with a field of approximately 40 gallopers and 25 harness horses.
It is a unique day of racing, having both codes running on the same day. Race Days are relaxed community gatherings with refreshments and food readily available. The King Island Race Club boasts full TOTE and Sky Channel facilities, a bookmaker and race broadcaster.
Long Table Festival
A weekend of 'Paddock to Plate' experiences led by local and visiting chefs. The first Festival was held in 2009 with a small group of family and friends. We gathered the foods, cooked together and then shared a long lazy lunch on Sunday. Our Festival offers activities not usually available to tourists, and is a rare opportunity to get a "behind the scenes" look at life on King Island. We hope you will join us and enjoy the wonderful friendship, hospitality and food King Island has to offer.