King Island is an undiscovered sub tropical paradise. Breathtaking, dramatic scenery with uninterupted views - only a 40 minute flight from Melbourne Airport or Tasmania's NW coast. It's easy to have a quick, unforgettable getaway, or stay longer and have a real holiday away from the rest of the world. No queues, no waiting, no traffic, and only one roundabout . A unique place produces unique people, come and meet them.
Lying midway between Victoria and Tasmania, King Island is a remanent of the time when a land bridge joined Tasmania to the Australian mainland. It is one of the Australia's secret travel destinations - unless you are a surfer, photographer, into natural wonders, bird watcher, artist, writer or foodie.
Pristine beaches, crystal clear water, spectacular rock and dune formations, prolific resident and wandering birdlife, pure air and an enviable relaxed, stress free lifestyle. King Island has milder summers and warmer winters than Victoria and Tasmania, so it's perfect for exploring - on foot, by car or on tour.
In the path of the Roaring 40s', King Island's surf beaches are ranked in the ' top ten surf beaches of the world'. The Southern Ocean and Bass Strait still give up glimpses of the past - a beachcomber's dream. King Island's rich maritime history with it's stories of shipwrecks, smugglers and sealers sits with tales of Australia's discovery, innovation, prosperity and hopes.
When you come, say 'hi' to a local and they'll tell you what's on, point you in the right direction, even take you home or share a meal with you. King Island life is simple, friendly, and welcoming. Play world class golf with new friends, take a photo that will amaze, toss in a line and lookout for a whale, spot a bird, go for a walk or ride a horse, pickup a shell, discover the history, explore the farms, meet the maker, ride a bike, go for a dive, talk to a cow, dodge a wallaby, duck, pheasant, peacock or turkey, revive the spirit, of course try the food, or simply just laze back and look at the view. When you leave you will want to come back - 40 minutes and you are in another world!
The People & The Place
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