Know before you go

If you’re planning a trip to King Island, the first of all – lucky you! Here are all the things you need to ‘know before you go’ so all you need to do is pack your bag and board that plane. We’re looking forward to seeing you! 

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  • Covid-19

    King Island is in the state of Tasmania and as such it is governed by Tasmanian border restrictions and COVID 19 rules. Depending on where you are departing from, you may be required to undergo quarantine or a period of isolation prior to your arrival on King Island, or you may be required to undertake a COVID19 test. Currently all travellers are required to register their travel and obtain a pass before arrival in Tasmania and King Island. Tasmania also has a check in app and mask requirements for certain venues. Due to the changing nature of the restrictions, we recommend you visit the links below to see the current requirements. 

    https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania

    https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania/ready-to-travel/ready-to-travel-check-list

    Please also check the requirements of your home state or where you will be travelling to after visiting King Island/Tasmania. Some states require a negative COVID19 test result prior to entry.  While King Island does have a medical facility that can perform COVID19 tests, the tests are sent off island to be analysed and may take 3-4 days for you to receive test results. You will need to factor this into your stay on King Island.

  • Mobile service

    As with many other relatively isolated locations only Telstra’s mobile service is available. If your mobile phone is with Optus or Vodafone your phone will not work on King Island unless you have roaming turned on (please speak to your provider to find out the costs of this). Aldi sim cards work on King Island as they are using the telstra network. Mobile phones and prepaid telstra sim cards can be purchased at Currie Newsagency located within Currie post office.  Public Internet access is only available in a small number of locations and in limited amounts and with limited speeds. 

  • WIFI

    Free wifi is only available at the Currie library and outside the Currie post office (via Telstra air). 

    Some accommodation providers do have wifi but it is only a few and with telephone/internet outages common, this cannot always be relied upon. If internet access is essential during your stay on King Island, please ensure you ask your accommodation provider prior to booking and consider bringing along your own device that can provide a hotspot for you via the 3G/4G Telstra network. 

    It is not uncommon to see visitors and residents alike sitting in their car outside the library or the post office making use of the free 1/2 hour internet access via Telstra air.

  • Public transport

    We do not have any public transport on the island. Car hire is available at the airport, we recommend you book before arrival to ensure availability. You also won’t find an Uber or shuttle buses on the island.

  • Camping

    Although there are currently no formal camp-sites there are plenty of excellent camping spots on King Island and camping is popular with the locals. It is always recommended that you contact the land owner to check whether camping is OK on their land and always observe the fire restrictions in place. We do not have public showers on the island.

  • Equipment hire (camping, surfboards, bikes etc.)

    We do not have any companies that hire equipment on the island. If you are camping you will need to bring most of your equipment with you, with the exception of cooking gas which you are not allowed to bring on the plane. Gas and some camping items e.g chairs, mats, cooking stoves can be obtained from Jim Mckenzies agencies in Currie. Phone ahead to ensure they have what you need: (03) 6462 1415.

    A few accommodation providers have bikes, surfboards or kayaks for their customers, so please check with your accommodation provider if you would like to access these items. 

    Some visitors have had success with borrowing a bike or surfboard through posting a message on our community noticeboard on facebook. You can access it via this link.

  • Bring your own car to King Island

    You can currently send your car to King Island on by boat from Tasmania. There is a tourist discount available but you will need to check the current arrangement with Bass Island Lines who are currently operating the service. Vehicles can take anywhere from 4 days-2 weeks to make the journey depending on the boat schedule and weather, so please factor this into your time on the island. Also consider that there is no transport to and from the dock on King Island to pick up/drop off your car, so you will need to arrange a lift or hire a car to get to/from the dock and an extra person to help you return the hire car.

  • Biosecurity - Bringing food/pets/plants to King Island

    King Island, like the State of Tasmania, has a natural advantage as an island and is relatively free of many pests, weeds and diseases that are present on mainland Australia. You can help protect this beautiful island by ensuring you don’t bring any unwanted guests with you when you come to visit. Please remember not to bring any fruit and vegetables, fish, animal products, plant material, soils and seeds. King Island has some of the best produce in the world – so there’s no need to bring anything!

    Please also check that your golfing, camping, fishing and other equipment have been cleaned and dried and are free from soil, weed seeds and other potential pests or diseases. It only takes a weed seed or other introduced pest or disease to spoil the magic of this near pristine part of the world. It is a beautiful place – so let’s keep it that way! You help is appreciated. Find out more about how you can help protect King Island and Tasmania by visiting Biosecurity Tasmania’s Travellers Guide to Tasmanian Biosecurity webpage.

    You can bring a dog or cat with you, but please check with the airline you are travelling on first. If you plan to fly with REX you will need to provide your own cage. King Island Airlines have cages available but please check when you book as they may be the wrong size or could be reserved for another pet. For further information about Sharp Airlines please visit their website.  Before your dog arrives on King Island the owner must treat it for Hydatid Tapeworm 14 days beforehand.  Evidence must be provided on arrival to the Biosecurity officer that the dog was treated.  Please visit the Bio Security website for further information.  https://nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/biosecurity

    If you have any questions please contact 

    Biosecurity Tasmania (Biosecurity) Enquiries
    13 St. Johns Avenue
    New Town TAS 7008
    Phone: 03 6165 3777
    Fax: 03 6173 0225
    Email: Biosecurity.Tasmania@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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    TRAVELLER ESSENTIALS

    If you are planning a trip to King Island, please familiarise yourself with the information and links on this page so you can enjoy your visit to King Island without any unexpected hiccups.

    Coronavirus – travel restrictions & precautions

    King Island is in the state of Tasmania and as such it is governed by Tasmanian border restrictions and COVID 19 rules. Depending on where you are departing from, you may be required to undergo quarantine or a period of isolation prior to your arrival on King Island, or you may be required to undertake a COVID19 test. Currently all travellers are required to register their travel and obtain a pass before arrival in Tasmania and King Island. Tasmania also has a check in app and mask requirements for certain venues. Due to the changing nature of the restrictions, we recommend you visit the links below to see the current requirements. 

    https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania

    https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania/ready-to-travel/ready-to-travel-check-list

    Please also check the requirements of your home state or where you will be travelling to after visiting King Island/Tasmania. Some states require a negative COVID19 test result prior to entry.  While King Island does have a medical facility that can perform COVID19 tests, the tests are sent off island to be analysed and may take 3-4 days for you to receive test results. You will need to factor this into your stay on King Island.