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King Island Tour

King Island Tour

Spend 4 days on this beautiful island discovering the history, culture and food of the this remarkable little gem.

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Unearth natural wonders, heritage icons and local taste sensations on this remote outpost in the Bass Strait.  Enjoy a short island getaway and discover the wonders of King Island. Experience the unique history and culture of the island.  Taste the amazing cuisine including crayfish and local cheeses. Explore the native flora and fauna.

 

Tour Inclusions:

 

•         Hobart Airport Transfers – Home Pick Up and Drop Off

•         4 Nights Accommodation Boomerang by the Sea

•         4 x Breakfast

•         2 x Morning Teas

•         2 x Lunches

•         3 x Dinners Including Wild Harvest

•         Entry Fees

•         King Island Dairy Tasting

•         Fully Escorted Tour with Local Tour Guide

 

PriceTwin Share - $3000.00 per person | Single -  $3,560.00 per person

 

Deposit:                   $500.00 per person                                     

 

Final Payment Due:   21st  August 2022

 

Pick Up Times:          Home pick up times will be advised closer to the departure date.

 

 

 

Day 1 Wednesday 21st

Today we make our way to Hobart International Airport for our flight to King Island, where our coach will be waiting for us to start the tour. On arrival into King Island, we are met by Matthew, a 5th generation King Islander born and bred who will be our local guide this week. We head to our hotel for check in, followed by a guided tour of the main township of Currie taking in the fishing harbour, King Island Cultural Centre, Currie Lighthouse and some of the Island's shipwreck history. Our dinner tonight is in house at the motel on this evening. We are lucky enough to have one of the island's best chefs come in and cater for us.

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Day 2 Thursday 22nd

This morning after breakfast we begin touring the northern region of King Island. First destination is Shag Lagoon Bird Hide to view some of King Island's beautiful waterfowl. From here we head further north whilst keeping a keen eye out for bird species such as pheasants, peacocks and turkeys which are plentiful in this area and visit King Island Kelp Craft for morning tea. Our next stop is Quarantine Bay where we will be taking in the views and interesting history of Christmas Island and New Year Island located just off the coast.

Following this we visit the mouth of Yellow Rock River, the wreck site of the Shannon to hear Captain Johnson's unfortunate story. From here we head to Meet Your Beef for a farm tour with lunch. After lunch we visit Martha Lavinia Beach, a world class beach break on King Island in Bass Strait.

The wave peak has been voted one of the Top 10 Surf Breaks in Australia and is frequented by pro surfers when in the region for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Classic. We continue across to Penny's Lagoon, a rare, perched lake found in only three locations in the world. Its freshwater is held by compacted sand and organic matter and is a favourite swimming spot for locals and visitors. Following this we travel to Cape Wickham, the most northern point of King Island. We view the Cape Wickham Lighthouse, the tallest granite lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere which overlooks the beautiful Cape Wickham Links Golf Course, one of Australia's top ranking golf courses. We continue up past Lake Flannigan and on to Disappointment Bay which is anything but a disappointment - in fact it's one of King Island's most beautiful locations. We drive through Egg Lagoon, once a massive lagoon and now used for farming.

From here we return to our accommodation for a short rest to freshen up prior to our dinner at Wild Harvest Restaurant. The restaurant is one of the best on King Island and showcases the Islands best produce. After dinner we view the local fairy penguin colony. On dusk the penguins waddle out of the water to go to their burrows where they are able to keep safe from predators to nest, rest and moult.

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Day 3 Friday 23rd

Today we begin with a visit to King Island Kelp Industries where we learn about its harvesting, its refining and what it is used for and why King Island is the major player in kelp. Next stop is the Restaurant without Food for morning tea before we head to the east coast settlement of Naracoopa. We learn more of the area in Naracoopa, as well as the early history including the controversial jetty built in 1915/16. After taking in the stunning views, we travel south through some of the most productive farming land on King Island.

En-route our guide Matthew will enlighten us on all things farming, rain fall differences and effects between the north and south of the island and the soldier's settlement. On arrival into Grassy we discover the Scheelite mining heritage of King Islands Dolphin Mine which operated between 1917 and 1992. From here we make our way down the hill into the deep-water port of Grassy to discuss King Island's shipping and fishing fleet before enjoying lunch at the King Island Boat Club harbour-side.

The King Island Boat Club is iconic to yachters of the Queenscliff to Grassy Yacht Race, first sailed in the 1970's and since then has become a major fixture on the Australian Ocean Racing calendar. After lunch we discover Surprise Bay, the southernmost settlement of King Island. Matthew will provide us with the history of the first settlement of King Island. We hear the amazing story of the Bowling family, and Elizabeth Bowling, and her sons who were the first people to take up land on King Island for farming and settlement in 1889. We also visit a very rare forest with views over some of King Island's most spectacular coastline which has had a chequered history, including the worst peacetime maritime disaster in Australia's history. We then move onto the Calcified Forest enjoying a leisurely 30-minute return stroll that takes us to a viewing platform to survey the fossilised stumps of rainforest trees. For those of us not up for a walk, we can relax and enjoy a cuppa from the coach.

Our next stop takes us to one of King Island's most dramatic parts of the coast, Seal Rocks Lookout, which was used by Dutch and French sealers to spot pods of seals. We then begin our drive back up to Currie via Ettrick Bay, Millers Bay and the Hybrid Power Station before returning to our motel. This evening we head to View Dining for tea, set in a lovely location with fantastic local produce.

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Day 4 Saturday 24th

After breakfast and check out, en-route to the airport we have two final attractions to visit before we leave the Island, a visit to the King Island Dairy, true cheese lovers' paradise, with many cheeses from our award-winning range available for tasting and purchase. Enjoy a cheese platters or baked brie, available with matching wine and beer, for those that want to settle in and enjoy the picturesque surrounds. We will also visit the King Island Historical Society Museum. The museum was established in a former lighthouse keeper's cottage in 1980. All aspects of the Island's history are represented in the displays at the King Island Museum including the original lens from Cape Wickham Lighthouse made from crystal. Relics from the large number of shipwrecks around the coastline of the Island are also featured.

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B=Breakfast, MT=Morning Tea, L =Lunch, D=Dinner

BOOKING INFORMATION AND PAYMENT METHODS

· Post in booking request/s with cheque to PO Box 73, Richmond 7025 and we will do the rest, please include your pick-up point and best contact number. 

· Phone or visit our office and we can make a booking for you and provide you with a receipt.

· BANK TRANSFER: BSB: 807 009 Account: 6017 6352 Name: RS Byrne

· DAY TOURS: to secure your seat, full payment is required immediately. If you are unable to attend a day tour, we require 48 hours’ notice and we can provide you with a credit to use on another day tour. Cancellation under 48 hours is non-refundable.

· MULTI-DAY TOURS: to secure your seat, a deposit is required immediately. This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable to other tours. There will be a final date provided for the remainder of the package payment.

· PASSENGER FORMS: All travellers on our Multi Day and Interstate/ International Tours are required to complete a Passenger Form which includes details of dietary, mobility and next of kin. This only needs to be completed once or updated when your details change.

· COVID19 VACCINATION: We require your COVID Vaccination information and ask for copy of your Vaccination Certificate to keep on file when you pay your initial deposit for a tour booking as our suppliers such as hotels & airlines are now requiring this information.

· If we cancel a tour for any reason, we can provide a refund or credit to be used within 18 months.

· PICK UP: If you have a group of 6 or more, we can arrange a separate pick up for you.

· POSTAGE: Due to increased cost of postage & delays we will not be posting payment receipts. We encourage you to visit us at our office if you require a receipt or provide us with an email address.

· TRAVEL INSURANCE: We strongly recommend you obtain appropriate travel insurance at the time of paying your deposit for any of our multi-day tours. We can provide you with a quotation. 

· PRICE CHANGES: Prices may change without notification.

· ITINERARY CHANGES: We reserve the right to alter or omit any part of the itinerary.

· SAFETY: Coal River Coaches reserves the right to decline to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of the tour, or who may require services that we cannot guarantee will be available, or if meals (due to certain dietary requirements) cannot be catered for.  

· SEATING: Coal River Coaches now operates with a Seat Rotation system on all Coach Tours.

· WAIT LISTS: If a Tour that you want to go on is full, we can pop you on the “Waitlist”.  This means if we have a cancellation, we will contact you.

 

Our Tours are subject to COVID-19 restrictions and the venue & events in which we attend.

If there are any changes or cancellations, we will contact you.

 

Phone: 03 6272 2645     Email: [email protected]

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97a Grove Rd Glenorchy Tas 7010

(PO Box 73 Richmond Tas 7025)

Tel No: +61 36272 2645

E-mail: [email protected]


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