King Island lies off the north-west coast of Tasmania in the cold waters of Bass Strait. It is world-renowned for the quality of its gourmet produce, including cheese, cream, beef and rock lobster. A lesser known industry is kelp-harvesting – the kelp is processed and used in many products including ice cream and cosmetics.
The north and east coasts feature lovely sandy beaches with good surfing, but the rocky southern coast has claimed more ships than anywhere else in Australia. The clear water and submerged wrecks make this part of King Island popular with divers.
Lavinia Nature Reserve is home to one of Tasmania’s rarest birds, the orange-bellied parrot. A unique feature is the calcified forest, where an ancient forest was rapidly covered by sand that has since receded.
The lighthouse at Cape Wickham marks Tasmania’s most northerly point and is Australia’s largest lighthouse.
Photo courtesy of Tourism Tasmania