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King Island Holidays Overview
King Island is located in the Bass Strait between Tasmania and Victoria, and is a part of Tasmania. King Island lies 80 km north east of Tasmania and has the dubious honour of being the most geographically isolated island in Bass Strait. King Island is 27 km wide, 64 km long, and has a population of about 2000.
King Island is famous for its superb dairy products, beef, seafood, penguins, wind farm, light houses, maritime history, and numerous shipwrecks. King Island was reportedly first sighted in 1797, and sealing began there in 1801. King Island has been settled by sealers, farmers, survivors of shipwrecks, explorers and soldiers. Apart from agricultural industries, kelp farming, and fishing, King Island has also been a source of gold, tin, rutile, and scheelite.
Holiday makers are well catered for with golfing, bowling, fishing, surfing, sailing, birdwatching, beach combing and even pheasant hunting in June. There are many beautiful natural wonders to check out including a calcified forest, lagoons, and 145 kms of beaches.
The only access to King Island is by plane. Hire cars should be organized prior to arriving as there is no public transport. The only mobile phone coverage on the island is Telstra Next G.
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King Island Imperial 20 is held on the March Long Weekend and features a 32 km handicapped run. Other events include 8km walking relays, 8 km running relays, and a 32 km walking race. The races begin at Naracoopa on the eastern side of the island and finish at Currie on the western side. There are more than just races, other events include warm-ups, dinners and auctions.
Queenscliff to Grassy Yacht Race is held in March on the Victorian Labour Day long weekend. This event has become a major fixture on the Australian Ocean Racing calendar, and has been running since the 1970's. The King Island Boat Club is open to visitors for the weekend who can partake of food and beverages as they experience the excitement of the yachts as they finish. The Ocean Racing Yacht Club of Victoria organizes the Queenscliff to Grassy Yacht Race in conjunction with the King Island Boat Club.
King Island Golf Open is held in November over the Melbourne Cup/Northern Tasmanian Recreation Day long weekend. This 2 day event draws more than 100 golfers form all over Australia each year, and keen golfers with an AGU handicap are welcome to participate. The King Island golf course is located in Currie and is famous for its panoramic views of the Southern Ocean and rolling fairways from the natural coastal dunes.
King Island Airport has a kiosk, public facilities and hire car agencies. As there is no public transport it is recommended that cars are hired before arriving. The hire car companies are King Island Car Rental, and P & A Car Rental (Cheapa Island Car Rental). King Island Airport is serviced by 2 commercial airlines, REX and King Island Airlines, flying direct to and from Melbourne, and flights are available daily. The flight takes 1 hour. TasAir also provides a service between King Island and Devonport daily, and between Burnie and King Island 4 days of the week.
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King Island Airlines provides a service departing Moorabbin (Melbourne) at 7.30 am and 3.30 pm Mon -Fri. Flights out of King Island leave at 9am and 5pm. Saturday flight is 7.30 am out of Melbourne and 9am out of King Island. Sunday flight departs Moorabbin at 3.30 pm and King Island at 5pm. Rex Airlines has a flight daily between Melbourne and King Island. Monday through Friday flight departs Melbourne at 11.55 am and King Island at 1.10 pm. Saturday flight departs Melbourne at 10.10 am and departs King Island at 11.25 am. Sunday flight departs Melbourne at 2.20 pm and King Island at 3.35 pm.
TASAIR has flights running between Devonport and King Island daily, leaving Devonport in the morning between 8am and 8.15 am and again in the afternoon between 3 and 3.30 pm depending on the day. Flights out of King Island are twice daily between 9.30 and 9.55 am, and 4.45 pm. TasAir also provides a service between Burnie and King Island on Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. There is a morning and afternoon flight.