Five reasons for a King Island getaway
A peaceful Tasmanian island that lies off the far north-west corner of the state, King Island is an unsuspecting front-runner of truly epic North West experiences. Running on island time, the locals operate at a slower, more laid-back pace with a fierce passion for their incredible landscape and patch of island paradise.
If you're looking for a unique getaway with wonderful food, gorgeous scenery, activities and a peaceful backdrop for relaxing, then look no further than this little island between Tasmania and Victoria. Here are five of our favourite reasons to visit this special place.
World class golfing
King Island is a golfer’s paradise, home to three exceptional golf courses; Cape Wickham, Ocean Dunes and King Island Golf and Bowls
Cape Wickham is ranked #2 in Australia and features a unique collection of coastal holes cleverly routed around the Cape Wickham Lighthouse.
Ocean Dunes is also ranked in the country’s Top 5 public courses, facing the Great Southern Ocean and offering undulating links terrain.
King Island Golf & Bowls Club is the local’s course, a 9-hole links course established in 1932 and one of Australia’s most wonderfully challenging courses.
King Island Dairies offers some of the tastiest, creamiest cheese you will probably ever try. Their motto of "no ordinary island, no ordinary cheese" is definitely something they live up to, and you're able to witness that when you visit. King Island has a unique microclimate, mineral rich soils, abundant rainfall and lush pastures. All of these attributes help to create the perfect environment for farming. All of the cheeses from King Island Dairy are made on King Island, from a handful of local farms.
Meat your beef
Meat your beef is a unique farm tour opportunity for visitors to learn more about where their ethically and sustainably produced beef comes from. King Island Farm Tours offers a 1.5-hour tour of their 2,000 acre beef property on the north of King Island with a paddock-to-plate experience. They run approximately 1,500 head of cattle in their beautiful environment and their cattle are 100% grass fed, hormone free with no antibiotics. A family-run business, the "Meet Your Beef" tour aims to provide you with an authentic King Island experience.
Visit the restaurant with no food...
Perched on the edge of the Currie Harbour under the gaze of the wrought and cast-iron lighthouse sits the Boathouse – aka The Restaurant with No Food. As the name suggests the restaurant has no food, no waiters or anyone. Pack a picnic or take a King Island steak to grill on the barbecue – you’ll want to experience it for yourself.
The beaches spanning the circumference of King Island are all picturesque, but the waves at Martha Lavinia Beach on King Island's north-east corner attract avid surfers and wave-watchers alike. The entire Lavinia State Reserve contains spectacular coastal and bush scenery, wildlife and lagoon wetland. Non-surfing visitors can enjoy bush walking, swimming, bird-watching and fishing. The northern section contains two fresh water lakes and a gorgeous white sandy beach that seemingly spans on and on. Enjoy a picnic or a barbecue and take in the magnificent landscape that so many people travel to see.