King Island lies off the north-west coast of Tasmania, surrounded by a rugged coastline with fresh seafood, famously good produce and some of the cleanest air in the world.
It’s quiet and easy going there, but there’s something interesting at every turn – from a lighthouse and offshore shipwrecks – to the island’s great nature walks and unique wildlife, including the elusive platypus and rare orange-bellied parrots.
Uncover the island’s stories at the museum and cultural centre in the town of Currie and be taken on guided tours showcasing the island’s produce, culture, history, flora and fauna.
Photo Credits: Stuart Gibson
Your holiday begins when you are picked up from home and transferred to the airport in a private vehicle. Meet your fellow travellers and Kings Tour Manager then fly to Melbourne. On arrival we are transferred through to our hotel where we settle in.
Hotel: The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins for 2 nights
We have a relaxed morning before we enjoy a cruise through picturesque gardens, parklands and some of the most famous sporting arenas. We enjoy some time at leisure to purchase lunch before an afternoon visit to the Docklands District for an interesting excursion to the Artvo 3D Gallery, Australia’s first interactive art gallery. Unlike normal art museums, here we are encouraged to touch, photograph and interact with the art. We have free time in Docklands for some shopping. We board the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel where we will experience spectacular views over the city and beyond.
This morning, we make our way to Melbourne Airport to connect with our flight to King Island. On arrival we are met by our local guide who will be with us for the next few days. We make the short transfer to Currie – the main town, where we have time to purchase some lunch. We now check into our motel accommodation. Settle in and relax before dinner.
Hotel: Boomerang by the Sea Motel, Currie, King Island for 3 nights
Get set for a day of sensational scenery, plentiful wildlife and amazing shipwreck stories as we head along the North Road on our way to the top of King Island at Cape Wickham. Our morning tea stop will be on the west coast near Yellow Rock River looking out to Christmas Island and New Year Island. We will hear the story of the Paddlesteamer Shannon which was shipwrecked in these waters. From here we head to our lunch at Penny’s Lagoon which is a suspended lake where the water is held by compacted sand and vegetation – one of only a few in the world. We head back to Currie with a stop at the King Island Dairy. Back at the motel we have time to freshen up before we head off to dinner out at Bischoffs Café.
Following breakfast, we will visit the Kelp Industries Visitors Centre; Kelp contains a substance called alginates which when processed produces a gel and setting agent that is used in numerous common products. After Kelp Industries we head along the foreshore drive to the Boathouse Gallery, otherwise known as the “Restaurant with no Food”, but don’t worry – we’ll have morning tea with us! Then we take the Scenic South Tour where we see the electricity generating wind farm and Ettrick River to the Calcified Forest where we have lunch and a short walk to the actual forest and then onto the rugged cliffs off Seal Rocks. Later this afternoon we have an appointment at Perry Beef Farm where we enjoy a tour and afternoon tea before making our way back to Currie for dinner at the motel.
After our breakfast, we checkout then visit the Currie museum housed in the old lighthouse keeper’s residence. From here
we have some free time in Currie for last minute souvenir hunting. We transfer to the airport for our return flight to the Melbourne Rex terminal. On arrival we transfer to Melbourne Domestic terminal for our flight home to Perth. Upon arrival in Perth your driver will be waiting to take you home.