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“Eat, Walk, Relax, Drive.. there's nothing else!”
Review of King Island

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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
62 helpful votes
“Eat, Walk, Relax, Drive.. there's nothing else!”
Reviewed 1 November 2010

King Island is a food destination. It's very quiet and laid back and produces great cheese, beef and seafood. We spent 3 nights here in April 2010 and had a fabulous time relaxing by the fire in our cottage, going for long walks along windswept cliffs, eating great food and driving on just about every sealed road on the island! This was more than enough time to take in the sites (lighthouses, shipwrecks, calcified forest, Fairy Penguins) and eat at any restaurant worth eating at! Hire a car (we used P&A Car Rental) but be careful driving at night because driving from Naracoopa to Currie at 9.30pm was like driving a dodgem car.... I've never seen so much fresh roadkill in my life (possums and wallabies mostly are in almost flague proportions). Don't expect 5 star acommodation here - I've not seen so much salmon paint, lounges and decore since the 1980's! Take a book, warm clothes and a laid back attitude and you will enjoy all that the island has to offer.

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australia
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
19 helpful votes
“no theme parks or shopping malls here!”
Reviewed 15 March 2010

a peaceful island approx.50 mins from either victoria or the north of tasmania by plane. its rural ,no doubt about it, you will need a car.they have a horse racing/ harness season at the end of the year ,also a golf tournament late in the year.both a 32 k running race or walk and a small country show day in march - these tie in with a yacht race from queenscliff (victoria)to grassy on the southeast,and the theatrical societys play-2 performances only prebook your tickets for a fun night out.a couple of restaurants to eat at(v.nice meals ) plus 2 little clubs and a hotel(not bad either).do not go here to be wowed by upmarket decor or resorts.crayfish is beautiful and seasonal but remember to book it the day before at the venue you are going to eat at-simply because it all gets allocated by the crayboats for the markets out of k.i. and the eateries cant really rely on keeping them in stock if noone comes in to eat them!(we heard a few people complain but you have to fair on small businesses). oysters are seasonal too. the people are very friendly (it is the REAL secret of k.i.)interesting lighthouses,shipwreck history,lovely beaches NO stress. indulge at the k.i.dairy-a fabulous product ,they have a tasting room and the cheeses are all there to try.open nearly everyday depending on the season.take a cooler bag of it back home with you .the prices are exceptional.scenes of plenty of cows,turkeys by the road and dawn and dusk lots of wallabies and possums who sadly have no road sense.pheasants and peacocks too.you can buy wallaby salami at the little italian butchery in grassy -its not to bad either.dont tell the kids! the capital is currie- cafes 2 supermarkets butcher bakery bank post office pub 2 clothing stores surf shop petrol .naracoopa on the east coast is a nice area to stay-buy some fruit or vegies from the house on the left before you enter the road fronting the beach.pretty good.a reasonable amount of accom.do your research v.busy in march..3 nights might be enough for some but go with an easy attitude and you will have a nice trip!

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Tasmania
1 review
1 helpful vote
“Naracoopa Holiday Units”
Reviewed 2 August 2009

We recently stayed at Naracoopa Holiday Units. Had a great time. Owners were very friendly and helpful. The units were equipped with everything you could possibly need - including smaller items, i.e cheese board, bottle opener, hot water bottles, wine glasses, tourist information and dvds. Beautiful views with table and chairs outside to enjoy it. Great price, great views, great hosts, what more could you want?

Michelle

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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
169 reviews
104 helpful votes
“A King of an Island”
Reviewed 22 January 2008

Having just returned from a week on this island I am ready to write my first ever review on TripAdvisor. The island is serviced by airlines out of both Tullamarine and Moorabbin airports in Melbourne,Victoria or from Devonport and Wynard in Tasmania, 7 days a week. The flight from Tullamarine sees you at the Currie airport. The laid-back style of island living begins at the airport. You will need to hire a car either on line before your arrival or at the airport as there is no public transport system in place.
We did 900+ kms in the week, on an island that only has 480 kms of roads and is 64 kms long by 27 kms wide. Only some of the roads are sealed and the rest are gravel based, but don't be put off by that, just use common sense and extra care. The biggest problem on the road is the wildlife, comprised of wallabies, turkeys, peacocks, pheasants and the odd cow standing or running across the road in front of you.
Our accomodation was at Portside Links at Grassy. We opted for one of the two self-catering units, which was wonderful. There is also bed and breakfast accomodation available in the main house. Hosts were delightful and very helpful with directions and island information. At the end of the Grassy Breakwater is a penguin habitat, where you can see the penguins come in after dark to feed their young. Also on the hillock nearby is a muttonbird rookery. Wallabies come and graze on the grass outside the front of your unit. On the island there are plenty of things to see and do, such as viewing the calcified forest, walking on long sandy beaches, bush walking, bird watching, beachcombing, lighthouse and shipwreck trails, a visit to the local museum, which has some wonderful displays of early life on the island. Plenty of local produce to eat as well. A visit to the shop and tasting room at the King Island Dairy (10 minutes from Currie) and King Island Produce (15 minutes from Currie) are both well worth a visit so you can stock up on provisions, along with some of the best smoked ham, bacon and kransky sausages from the Italian butcher, next to the general store in Grassy. Just be aware that food is only available at Currie, Grassy and Naracoopa, so you may need to pack a picnic lunch for trips to the more remote parts of the island. In Currie there are a couple of supermarkets, the post office, newsagent, pub, bank with ATM and the only petrol pumps on the island. There is a general store at Grassy too. Quite a few places to eat at as well, like the clubs, the pub, restaurants, and coffee lounges. Lots of other things to do such as fishing, surfing, horse-riding, sailing, golf, diving, but we just ran out of time.
Hope you enjoy King Island as much as my husband and I did.
Cheers.

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