King Island is one of Australia’s untapped island retreats. Wildly rugged, windswept and attractive it boasts over 145 km of coastline, and a wide and unusual variety of seabirds and wildlife.
This is not a tiny island. It is some 64 km long and 26 km wide and has a total area of 110,000 Ha. The Island is situated at the western entrance to Bass Strait midway between Victoria and mainland Tasmania, being 120 kilometres or forty-five minutes flying in either direction. There are regular air services to Tullamarine, Essendon and Moorabbin airports in Melbourne, as well as Burnie/Wynyard & Launceston airport in Tasmania.
King Island has a population of approximately 1,500 permanent residents, of whom 700 reside in the township of Currie situated on the west coast. There are two other villages, Naracoopa on the east coast and Grassy to the south east.
The Island enjoys a reputation for excellence in the production of food products. Beef and dairy farms cover the island from the northern tip to the southern end. There is a small fishing industry, mostly southern rock lobster and a small number of abalone divers working from the island. King Island Dairy and the King Island Council are the two major employers on the Island. Kelp Industries is a major part of the Island economy and tourism has become the growth industry over recent times. There is one sand mine operating at Naracoopa and a scheelite mine at Grassy in start up mode.