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 pristine come to King Island.
There are several ways to fly to King Island and start your holiday. There are no passenger ferries to the island so the only access point is by air, either from Tasmania (Burnie - Wynyard or Launceston) or mainland Australia (Melbourne).
Three commercial airlines flying to Kind Island: King Island Airlines, Rex and Sharp Airlines.
King Island Airlines depart from Moorabbin Airport, 7 days per week. With cold storage facilities at Moorabbin depot, King Island Airlines is able to provide for the transportation and short-term storage of food items.
Sharp Airlines depart from Essendon and Tasmanian airports. Aircraft: Metroliner - 19 seats. Baggage 15kg plus 6kg Hand Luggage. Parking is approximately $8.00 per day. Essendon Airport is 15-20 minutes drive from Tullmarine.
Rex Airlines depart from Tullamarine airport. Aircraft: SAAB 340 airplanes - 34 seats. Baggage 15kg plus 7kg hand luggage
Private Charter If travelling in a group, it may be cost effective to charter an aircraft from a convenient location. Kirkhope Aviation and Moorabbin Air Charters provide an air charter service from Moorabbin (Melbourne, Victoria) and are a perfect way to visit King Island with the advantage of you choosing your flight departure times. Please contact us for costs and bookings.
Their fleet of aircraft include a Baron, Navajo and 2 Chieftains (twin engine piston aircraft) and a twin turbine pressurised Beechcraft Super KingAir B200. Flight time in the air is approximately 40 minutes and the most direct option.
Places to Stay
King Island offers a range of accommodation styles to suit every need from hotels to holiday cottages. Whether you want to retreat to the calming waves of a beach where you can be on your own or would prefer to be handy to town, your friendly King Island hosts will welcome you and help to ensure you have an enjoyable and memorable visit.
The 4 areas of accommodation on King Island are:
- In the Main Town – Currie – Island Breeze Motel
- In the Harbour Town – Grassy
- The sunny East Coast - Naracoopa
- The secluded Rural/Coastal areas
Things to Do
Some of the most fun you’ll have on King Island will involve wandering off the beaten track to explore somewhere new but if you’d like a few suggestions we’ve prepared a couple of trail maps to help you track down some of our favourite and most interesting places.
You will stumble across some of King Island’s best spots just by exploring but if you want to be sure to see as many as possible then why not ask a local to show you around? From penguins to platypus, lighthouses to lunar landscapes you’ll find something to surprise you.
Self Guided Tours
You could wander for days on King Island without seeing another soul but you’d be certain to find something new everywhere you look. Perhaps you’ll spot one of our rare birds or the remains of a shipwreck on your travels or maybe you’d prefer to learn about local history in the museum or alternatively marvel at the work of local and visiting artists in one of our galleries.
Golf King Island
King Island Golf Links
Situated in Currie, set amid coastal dunes meeting the Southern Ocean, King Island Golf Links has been described as resembling St Andrew’s of Scotland, with rolling fairways carved from the natural undulations. Click here to view more course images.
Cape Wickham Golf Course
Already voted No. 24 in the world by Golf Digest since its opening on October 2015, it offers 8 holes adjacent to Bass Strait and 3 tees beside the ocean. Click here to see its amazing course gallery.
Ocean Dunes Golf Course
Covering 285 acres (115.4Ha) incorporating rolling dunes and unsurpassed views along 2km of majestic coastal land, this area was made for golf. Offering smooth, firm bent grass greens & fine fescue tees & fairways prepared in pristine condition, nature, design and condition links in perfect harmony. Click here to read more about Ocean Dunes Golf Course.
King Island Cuisine
RESTAURANTS AND CAFES
Currie, Grassy and Naracoopa all offer a choice of dining opportunities with menus full of the best local produce. The King Island community is very small and sometimes our hard working chefs, baristas and wait staff like to head to the beach too so you’ll need to pay close attention to what establishment is open at any particular time. Perhaps Steve is char-grilling his local octopus in Grassy or maybe Heidi is filleting some fresh fish for the table in Naracoopa. While you’re here don’t forget to try one of Currie’s friendly cafes for a chat, a snack and a browse through the local paper.
A new restaurant offering paddock to plate menus. Wild Harvest has a state of the art commercial kitchen which showcases the best of King Island produce, including their famous braised octopus. Situated in Grassy, a 40 minute drive from central Currie, it provides the perfect setting and relaxed atmosphere for fine foods and wine, with ocean views.
PRODUCE OF KING ISLAND
Many of our visitors were introduced to King Island by some of the world class produce grown, caught, bottled or matured here. Everyone has heard of the King Island Dairy and a visit to their Fromagerie (or more specifically to the cheese tasting room) is high on all itineraries. Although the rest of our produce may not be so widely known it is highly sought after by chefs and foodies the world over. Organic vegetables, pure drinking water, fresh sea food, succulent grass fed beef…hungry yet?
There are two supermarkets in the main township of Currie and one smaller but well stocked supermarket in Grassy. All supermarkets endeavor to sell local produce when in season but you may need to try speciality providers for some products such as a variety of local sea food and organic vegetables.
As nice as it is to sit in one of King Island’s local eating houses, sometimes the food tastes even better outside. Order a speciality hamper from Foodworks or a roll from the bakery and head off in search of the perfect place for alfresco dining. Some of the best spots on King Island have coin operated barbeques and you’ll also find a number of conveniently located benches. Alternatively you can take your own chair, flop on the beach or lie back in the long green grass while you chew away on the best King Island has to offer.
King Island Transport
You'll never have any problems with bus cancellations or lost taxi drivers on King Island as we don't have any public transport. The island is larger than you might expect; 58km long and 21km wide with over 480km of road ways. Explore and enjoy our unique island at your own leisure in one of the many economical, clean and well maintained vehicles from our two hire companies. Also on offer exclusively for you is the option of transfers with a local guide. The choice is yours.
We offer many King Island Golf Opportunities and work closely with the Tourism body. For your next golfing destination, why not be few of the first to tee off on King Islands Links Courses, and enjoy the bragging rights that you entitle afterwards. It’s definitely a golfing destination you wouldn’t want to miss!
Image Mandatory credit: Tourism Australia, Graham Freeman, Dan Uglow and Andrew Wilson.