About King Island
King Island is located in the centre
of the western entrance to Bass Strait, in the
path of the Roaring Forties, off the north-western
tip of Tasmania,and is one of the islands that
make up the state of Tasmania. The island was
named after Governor King of New South Wales,
whose territory at the time included what is now
King Island is famous for its clean
white beaches, dairy farms, lighthouses and shipwrecks.
It is renowned world wide for its award winning
cheeses, fabulous beef, mineral water, kelp, and
fresh seafood, including lobster and abalone.
King Island has been the location
of over 60 known ship wrecks, involving the loss
of well more than 700 lives. The ’Cataraqui’
which became wrecked here in 1845 was Australia’s
worst maritime disaster. This shipwreck occurred
longer before Wickham lighthouse was constructed,
the tallest in the southern hemisphere.
Reid Rocks, located 12Km, just a
short boat trip from the island, has a major breeding
colony for the Australian fur seal. King Island
has a large population of Wallabies, Shearwater
rookeries can be found on the coastal hillsides,
and you may even be lucky enough to see an albatrosses
or sea eagle.
Currie is the largest town on the island and it
is located on the western side of the island.
Grassy is located in the east and it was once
a mining town. When the mine closed, Grassy basically
became a ghost town. Over the years this has changed
and it now has a Gourmet Butcher, Supermarket,
Brasserie and Cafes. Grassy is also known for
its penguin rookeries.
Naracoopa is the ideal destination to sit back
and relax. Enjoy a stroll, take in the spectacular
coastal scenery, and clean sandy beaches. Naracoopa
Holiday Accommodation and tourism information.
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