The Gourmet Island in Bass Strait
Situated north-west of Tasmania in Bass Strait, King Island is 58 km long and 20 km wide.
It has spectacular scenery and, like most of Tasmania, has a relaxed lifestyle. It was named by
John Black of the HMS 'Harbinger who sheltered off the island on New Years day 1801 and
named it after fellow officer Phillip King the then governor of New South Wales.
Gourmet foods, green pastures, swirling seas and shipwrecks all contribute to the character of
King Island at the western end of Bass Strait. At least 70 ships have foundered around the
island's 145km coastline, with many of the events recorded in
the lighthouse keeper's residence at Currie, the administrative centre. Dairying, cheesemaking,
beef production,abattoirs, kelp processing, crayfishing and abalone diving are important
What to see and do:
Currie Museum, King Island Dairy, visit townships of Grassy
and Naracoopa, the Cape Wickham lighthouse (1861), diving, fishing, wildlife, including
pheasants, platypus, ducks and quail, and the Lavinia Nature Reserve, penguin viewing
at Grassy is also popular.