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King Island, Tasmania

King Island has some of Australia’s best surfing, and the best thing is the beaches are never crowded. This is Curries main surfing beach; it is a long, sweeping beach with curves of sand backed by dunes, with good surfing at the southern end. beaches such as Phoques Bay and Martha Lavinia are good surf fishing spots and the catches range from Australian salmon, gummy, school shark and mullet.


Cape Wickham

Australia’s tallest lighthouse, a massive 48m structure of granite, stands on the northern tip of this island. The lighthouse also sends out a radio beacon which when calculated with signals from Cape Otway and Cape Schanck, on the Victorian coast, allows a vessel to fix its position in any weather.

Currie

This settlement is the island’s main centre. The harbor is also the base for most of the fishing fleet. There is also a cheese factory.

Grassy

Main port for the island, with the breakwater built from 2.2 million tonnes of rock, overburden from the nearby scheelite mine. The town, almost entirely owned by the mining company includes a movie theatre, a golf course and other sports facilities. Originally an open cut, there are now two underground mines with entrances at the bottom of the pit.

Naracoopa

Small settlement on Sea Elephant Bay.


Region Information

Accommodation

Shannon Cottages
Charles St
King Island, TAS, 7256
Ph: 03 6463 1153
Email: mrfowles@kingisland.net.au

King Island Gem Motel
95 Main St,
Currie, TAS 7256
www.kingislandgem.com.au
dinojohn@bigpond.com.au

Naracoopa Holiday Cottages
125 The Esplanade
Naracoopa, King Island Tas. 7256
Ph: (03) 6461 1326 Mobile: 0427 002 397