Located in Bass Strait, Currie is the main town on King Island.The island is well known for its gourmet produce, including superb soft cheeses and grass-fed beef. The Roaring Forties are responsible for many of the 57 shipwrecks scattered around the island. The island now has five lighthouses (to avoid any further disaster), including one at Cape Wickham, which at 48 metres is the tallest lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Trend, Edward St, Currie; (03) 6462 1355 or 1800 645 014
Nearby national parks
King Island Cultural Centre: local arts, community projects, resident artists and personal stories of King Island residents; Currie Harbour.
King Island Historical Society Museum: memorabilia of the island; open 2–4pm Mon–Sun in summer, closed in winter; Lighthouse St.
The Boathouse Gallery: displays and sales of pottery, sculptures and paintings, plus barbecue facilities; Edward St.
Observatory: tours when sky is clear; Rifle Range Rd.
King Island Maritime Trail: track with interpretive signs takes in shipwreck sites; details from visitor centre.
Tours: full- and half-day tours of the island run by King Island Coaches; bookings on (03) 6462 1138.
King Island Dairy Internationally recognised for its cheeses and beef, King Island Dairy has a Fromagerie Tasting Room with an excellent range of brie, camembert, cheddar, washed rind, triple cream and many others. The cows graze year-round, which makes their milk better for cheese production.
Fishing: excellent salmon, flathead and whiting fishing from east-coast beaches; morwong, warehou, yellowtail kingfish and squid fishing at British Admiral Reef; 3 km S of Currie.
Penguins: see them return to shore at dusk at Grassy in the south-east; 25 km SE.
King Island Kelp Craft: specialising in the rare form of bull kelp handcrafts, with displays and sales; 6 Currie Rd, Grassy; 25 km SE.
Naracoopa: seaside town with growing tourist industry; 25 km E.
Seal Rocks State Reserve: covers 800 ha, with calcified forest and stunning cliffs at Seal Rocks; 30 km S.
Lavinia Nature Reserve: 6400 ha of ocean beaches, heath, dunes, wetland bird habitats, lagoons and a rare suspended lake formation. Lavinia Point has a popular surfing beach; 40 km NE.
Cape Wickham: lighthouse on rugged cliffs; north of Egg Lagoon; 45 km NE.
Surfing: King Island is an ideal location for surfing.
Eco-friendly activities around town
Diving and snorkelling, King Island 13 kmKing Island is a renowned diving destination and you can dive through kelp forests or near the local seal colony with King Island Dive Charters.... Find out more
Cafes & restaurants around town
King Island BakeryIt’s the one and only bakery on the island, but what a winner! They open early for the local fishermen to stock up before heading out to sea and they export their gourmet pies and breads to Melbourne and Hobart, as... Find out more
Kings Cuisine at the Bold Head BrasserieThe cuisine here is inspired by King Island’s magnificent bounty. Instead of a set menu, each day’s produce determines the dishes, many of which are unexpected combinations of flavours. Gummy shark might be... Find out more
Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
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What's on around town
King Island Imperial 20: marathon from Naracoopa to Currie; Mar.
King Island Show: Mar.
King Island Dramatic Society Play: Mar.
Queenscliff to Grassy Yacht Race: Mar.
King Island Horseracing Carnival: Nov/Dec.