King Island is a truly unique destination located off the north-western tip of Tasmania – a magical combination of long empty beaches, offshore reefs, jagged coastlines, lighthouses and more than 70 fascinating shipwreck sites.
It is a paradise that awaits any visitor keen to explore a unique stretch of Australian coastline.
Situated at the heart of the ever-present westerlies in Bass Straight – known as the Roaring Forties – the island is famous for its production of fine cheeses, fresh lobsters, beef and bottled rainwater.
Around 1,000 people live on the island and take immense pride in their history, independence and resourcefulness – everything they need and want is right there.
King Island Dairy is one of Australia’s most famous cheese producers – creating high-quality French-style camembert, brie and blue cheeses, as well as traditional cheddars.
The secret behind these superb hand-made cheeses and rich cream – along with succulent local beef – is the lush grass of the flat farmlands.
When you walk around King Island you become lost in the peaceful nature of the clean, fresh air and diverse landscape and wildlife. You may sight wallabies, platypuses, peacocks, orange-bellied parrots and much more.
12 kilometres offshore sits Reid Rocks – home to a major breeding colony of Australian fur seals.
Lavinia Nature Reserve in the north-east, with its heath, dunes and stunning beaches home to a highly-renowned wetland bird habitat and an ancient calcified forest.
Even during a short stay on King Island, you are bound to discover that its diverse natural beauty is difficult to match.
Adventurous history-lovers will be thrilled to explore the island’s most significant sites on the Shipwreck Trail. You can also visit the scene of Australia’s worst maritime disaster from 1845 – when the Cataraqui grounded – at Cape Wickham lighthouse, the tallest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
You can fly to King Island directly from Devonport or Burnie in Tasmania, or from mainland Australia.