Population 745

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.

Visitor Information

The Trend, Edward St, Currie; (03) 6462 1355 or 1800 645 014

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Apollo Bay

    Named after a local schooner, Apollo Bay has become the resting place of many shipwrecks, yet it maintains an appeal for all lovers of the...more

  • Smithton

    This substantial town is renowned for its unique blackwood–swamp forests. Smithton services the most productive dairying and...more

  • Stanley

    This quaint village nestles at the base of an ancient outcrop called The Nut, which rises 152 metres with sheer cliffs on three sides....more

In Town

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 km

King 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

Boomerang by the Sea

To combine perfectly cooked seafood with the world’s freshest sea air and a 270-degree panorama of wave-washed rocky headlands is about as good as it gets. Little wonder this restaurant set overlooking the golf... Find out more

King Island Bakery

It’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 Brasserie

The 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

Boomerang by the Sea

This comfortable seaside motel captures the essence of King Island, with its breathtaking views over the wild Southern Ocean, the array of fantastic local food served in its licensed restaurant and the friendly... Find out more

Devil’s Gap Retreat

These two stone and timber self-contained cottages offer absolute solitude and privacy away from TVs and phones in a stunningly beautiful windswept coastal setting. Each one-bedroom cottage is decorated with the... Find out more

Naracoopa Holiday Units

Tucked in among tall tea tree, this row of white cottages is in a picture-perfect site facing the beach at the southern end of Sea Elephant Bay, on the island’s more sheltered and sunny eastern side. Each cosy one-... Find out more

Portside Links

This picturesque property was once the local golf course and is now home to two tastefully decorated modern units offering romantic B&B accommodation. Although connected by the carport, each self-contained unit is... Find out more

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.

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