There's far more to King Island than gourmet cheese and challenging golf »

This island in Bass Strait has food, nature, history and culture packed in

By Kerry Scambler
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Boat anchored on the King Island coastline

Boat anchored on the King Island coastline [©Tourism Tasmania]

The Dining area at The Boathouse (the restaurant with no food), King Island
Cows grazing by the surf in the City of Melbourne Bay, King Island
Tourist Information in Currie, King Island
British Admiral beach, King Island


OK so admit it, you love the cheese and know it’s from King Island – which is somewhere around Tasmania but exactly where, well you’re maybe not quite sure.  Here’s why it’s worthy of finding out more and adding the island to your bucket list.

King Island is anchored in the middle of Bass Strait, north of mainland Tasmania and south of mainland Australia. A small island at just 64km long and 27km wide, its amazing landscape protrudes above the deep, salty waters, providing abundant food and a relaxed lifestyle for all its inhabitants.

We think King Island Tourism describes it perfectly:

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 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.

What’s to like about KI (as the locals call it):

  • Serenity and seclusion with nature always close by and where busyness only applies to the bees.
  • Nature at its wildest, making your skin tingle and glow with the sheer sense of being alive.
  • Food at its freshest and purest, making your taste buds plead for more.
  • Traffic control at its most serene – a casual wave of the hand from a local as you pass by.
  • Golf at its most challenging and spectacular – cliff drops to Bass Strait and the Roaring 40s, Australia’s tallest lighthouse to avoid…
  • Wildlife that is abundant, friendly and very photogenic.
  • An arts culture that is vibrant and inspired.
  • And not to mention those friendly locals!

We’ve delved a bit deeper into the many temptations on this wild, gourmet island:

Get outdoors: explore nature and meet the wildlife, hit a white ball into the path of the Roaring 40s or ride the wave of your life »

Food glorious food: think King Island thick, double cream, luscious cheeses, giant crayfish from the depths of Bass Strait and a place where paddock to plate has never been closer! »

Culture of a non-cheesey type: KI has fascinating history on many fronts, indigenous, European and maritime and with many artists inspired to live and work here, the creative arts is as vibrant as the air »



Melbourne – Rex leaves from Tullamarine, Sharp Airlines leaves from Essendon and King Island Airlines leaves from Moorabbin.

Launceston and Burnie-Wynyard – Sharp Airlines have flights up to three times a day.

If you want to visit with a group, it might even be cheaper to charter your own plane, now that would add to the adventure!


This article was compiled from a range of information sources including King Island Tourism

 See more information on King Island on the links below


  • King Island (TAS)

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