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A Weekend In King Island

Located in the heart of the Bass Strait between Victoria and Tasmania lies the wonder of King Island. The serenity of isolation coupled with a picturesque landscapes makes for one of the most beautiful destinations in Australia. In helping you explore its best assets, here are our top things to do when visiting King Island.

CAPE WICKHAM LIGHTHOUSE

One of King Island’s most famous landmarks is the Cape Wickham Lighthouse. This heritage listed structure was built in 1861 after a series of fatal shipwrecks, most notably Cataraqui, considered one of Australia’s worst civil maritime disasters. At 48 metres tall, Cape Wickham’s lighthouse is the tallest in Australia and a must see for any visitors.

GOLF COURSE

For those who love a day on the green, Cape Wickham Links is a must. The 18-hole golf course is situated on the northern tip of King Island, providing deluxe hotel accommodation.  Having only opened in late 2015, the course has quickly risen in the national and international golf industry rankings. Cape Wickham’s notoriety has resulted in its ranking as the number 1 public access golf course in Australia.  On a much wider scale this course is also hailed as the 3rd best golf course in Australia and 24th in the world on the prestigious Golf Digest top 100 list.

FOREST

The richest piece of King Island’s heritage lays claim to its calcified forest.  Over 7,000 years old, this site is located at Seal Rocks Reserve on the South-West coast.  This landmark developed from an ancient forest which was rapidly covered by sand that has since receded. Being only a short 30-40 minute drive out of Currie, and with toilets and picnic areas available, this walk perfectly encapsulates the intrigue of King Island.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVING

Perfect for any adventurer, King island also plays host to some magnificent nature trails. There are several 4WD guided tours that provide an insightful and fulfilling experience in exploring the wonders of King Island.  Whether you’re after a day tour or a four-day safari, there are a range of options to best suit your trip.

FISHING

King Island arguably offers the best land based fishing in Tasmania. While you won’t catch Moby Dick from the shore, you can land very large Australian salmon, kingfish, snapper, sharks (both school and gummy) garfish, mullet and sweep. Currie Harbour is a local hot-spot or you could try your luck between Currie and British Admiral Beach.  For all the devout anglers out there who are looking to wet a line, King Island also provides fishing charters.

SURFING

For those ready to brave the cold temperatures of the Tasmanian water, you may be in for a treat. Famously, King Island is home to the dreamy beach break known as Martha’s.  Barrelling around 30 metres from the shore, the swell bends around the north of south of the island which is not only good to surf, but is also beautiful to watch. A 4WD is vital to navigate the island in search of waves, as is a wetsuit. If you are after the full King Island surfing experience, then King Island Surf Safaris can provide you with gear and local knowledge you’ll need for the ultimate surf trip.

FOOD & DRINK

With King Island providing some of the top restaurants across the globe with their produce, they have built a reputation for producing some of the tastiest and freshest food around.  Being the exclusive home to many restaurants and cafes, every store takes great pride in serving local dishes.  In celebrating their local food and drink, King Island hosts its annual Long Table Food Festival which takes place over several days and features local beef, lamb, vegetables, rock lobster, cheese, oysters, octopus and mutton birds all of which are dressed, adorned and flavoured with local honey, herbs, cream and garlic. If your visit doesn’t align with the dates of this festival then you can always sort out a hamper pack from the island’s Foodworks. Filled with local products, there are over 5 picnic hampers to choose from which are an essential if you’re looking to eat at one of King Island’s many picnic spots.

If you are after some King Island Dairy cheese, make sure you visit the King Island Dairy Shop. We have a great range of cheese and King Island Dairy merchandise, as well as a tasting room so you can find the perfect cheese for you.

CAPE WICKHAM LIGHTHOUSE
One of King Island’s most famous landmarks is the Cape Wickham Lighthouse. This heritage listed structure was built in 1861 after a series of fatal shipwrecks, most notably Cataraqui, considered one of Australia’s worst civil maritime disasters. At 48 metres tall, Cape Wickham’s lighthouse is the tallest in Australia and a must see for any visitors.

GOLF COURSE
For those who love a day on the green, Cape Wickham Links is a must. The 18-hole golf course is situated on the northern tip of King Island, providing deluxe hotel accommodation.  Having only opened in late 2015, the course has quickly risen in the national and international golf industry rankings. Cape Wickham’s notoriety has resulted in its ranking as the number 1 public access golf course in Australia.  On a much wider scale this course is also hailed as the 3rd best golf course in Australia and 24th in the world on the prestigious Golf Digest top 100 list.

FOREST
The richest piece of King Island’s heritage lays claim to its calcified forest.  Over 7,000 years old, this site is located at Seal Rocks Reserve on the South-West coast.  This landmark developed from an ancient forest which was rapidly covered by sand that has since receded. Being only a short 30-40 minute drive out of Currie, and with toilets and picnic areas available, this walk perfectly encapsulates the intrigue of King Island.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVING
Perfect for any adventurer, King island also plays host to some magnificent nature trails. There are several 4WD guided tours that provide an insightful and fulfilling experience in exploring the wonders of King Island.  Whether you’re after a day tour or a four-day safari, there are a range of options to best suit your trip.

FISHING
King Island arguably offers the best land based fishing in Tasmania. While you won’t catch Moby Dick from the shore, you can land very large Australian salmon, kingfish, snapper, sharks (both school and gummy) garfish, mullet and sweep. Currie Harbour is a local hot-spot or you could try your luck between Currie and British Admiral Beach.  For all the devout anglers out there who are looking to wet a line, King Island also provides fishing charters.

SURFING
For those ready to brave the cold temperatures of the Tasmanian water, you may be in for a treat. Famously, King Island is home to the dreamy beach break known as Martha’s.  Barrelling around 30 metres from the shore, the swell bends around the north of south of the island which is not only good to surf, but is also beautiful to watch. A 4WD is vital to navigate the island in search of waves, as is a wetsuit. If you are after the full King Island surfing experience, then King Island Surf Safaris can provide you with gear and local knowledge you’ll need for the ultimate surf trip.


FOOD & DRINK
With King Island providing some of the top restaurants across the globe with their produce, they have built a reputation for producing some of the tastiest and freshest food around.  Being the exclusive home to many restaurants and cafes, every store takes great pride in serving local dishes.  In celebrating their local food and drink, King Island hosts its annual Long Table Food Festival which takes place over several days and features local beef, lamb, vegetables, rock lobster, cheese, oysters, octopus and mutton birds all of which are dressed, adorned and flavoured with local honey, herbs, cream and garlic. If your visit doesn’t align with the dates of this festival then you can always sort out a hamper pack from the island’s Foodworks. Filled with local products, there are over 5 picnic hampers to choose from which are an essential if you’re looking to eat at one of King Island’s many picnic spots.

If you are after some King Island Dairy cheese, make sure you visit the King Island Dairy Shop. We have a great range of cheese and King Island Dairy merchandise, as well as a tasting room so you can find the perfect cheese for you.