King Island, Tasmania
“KI” is a slab of Tasmania, “stranded like a runaway lost at sea”, standing defiantly at the western end of Bass Strait and in the teeth of the Roaring Forties — so hold on to your hat. Shipwreck survivors and sealers were the first Europeans to settle, even if unintentionally, on this fertile 1100sqkm island. Farmers and herders followed, and later tungsten miners. More recently came tourists and sea-changers, and today the island is renowned for its quality beef, lobster and wickedly good blue cheese. There are shipwrecks, seal colonies, dolphins and rare waterbirds. Add golfing and cold water waves, plus accommodation in the three towns, Currie, Grassy and Narracoopa.
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