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Annual Events


Horse Racing Carnival 

King Island Racing

The King Island Racing Club Inc. holds seven race meetings each season at the North Road Racecourse Complex in Currie. These are held during the December/January period with a field of approximately 40 gallopers and 25 harness horses. 
It is a unique day of racing, having both codes running on the same day. Race Days are relaxed community gatherings with refreshments and food readily available. The King Island Race Club boasts full TOTE and Sky Channel facilities, a bookmaker and race broadcaster.

When: Next race days for 2017 2nd Dec, 16th Dec, 26th Dec.                                                        Next race days for 2018 1st Jan, 13th Jan, 20th Jan, 27th Jan.

Contact: KIRC, PO Box 257, Currie
Telephone: 0428 635 644
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Web: www.kiracing.com.au

The Festival of King Island (FOKI)

Festival of King Island

The Festival Of King Island (FOKI) is a celebration of folk, indie, blues & roots music held in the natural amphitheatre of Currie Harbour during the last weekend of January. With 3 days packed full of music, a 100m waterslide, raft race, pie-eating competition and other fun activities for the kids it is a family-friendly festival which brings together the islanders, ex-islanders, visitors and Australia's best musicians in what has become a giant musical reunion.

When: Last weekend of January
 Troy Smith, Sarah Ashley, Kim George
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Web: www.foki.com.au

 Long Table Festival

King Island Long Table

A weekend of 'Paddock to Plate' experiences led by local and visiting chefs. The first Festival was held in 2009 with a small group of family and friends. We gathered the foods, cooked together and then shared a long lazy lunch on Sunday. Our Festival offers activities not usually available to tourists, and is a rare opportunity to get a "behind the scenes" look at life on King Island.  We hope you will join us and enjoy the wonderful friendship, hospitality and food King Island has to offer.

When:  6th - 8th April 2018
Contact: Megan Chivers
Telephone: 0437 621 775
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Web: www.kingislandlongtable.com

King Island Show

King Island Show

King Island Agricultural, Horticultural & Pastoral Society Show.
Experience the Island’s major annual event. Visit the pavilion for the arts and crafts display and wool judging, tasty food is for sale (the donuts are a must!). There is cattle judging, horse riding displays, pet competitions and so much more..

When: 1st Tuesday in March
Contact: Kathleen Toomath (Secretary)
Telephone: 0424 738 322

Imperial 20 Marathon

Imperial 20

King Island is home to one of Australia's unique running events, the King Island Imperial 20, proudly sponsored by SeaRoad Shipping.
The feature event, the 32 km handicapped run, is supported by several other events which include: a 32 km walking race, a 4 x 8 km teams walking relay and a 4 x 8 km running relay. Each race begins on the Sunday morning at the picturesque seaside hamlet of Naracoopa on the east coast of King Island. The course winds its way across the Island to finish on the west coast at the main township of Currie.

When: March 11th 2018
Contact: King Island Imperial 20 Inc, PO Box 29, Currie
Telephone: 03 6461 1219
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Web: www.kingislandrace.org.au

 Queenscliff to Grassy Yacht Race

Queenscliff to Grassy

The Queenscliff to Grassy Yacht Race was first sailed in the 1970's and since then has become a major fixture on the Australian Ocean Racing calendar.
The race is organized by the Ocean Racing Yacht Club of Victoria in conjunction with the King Island Boat Club and sailed on the Victorian Labour Day long weekend in March.
Visitors are welcome at the King Island Boat Club during the race weekend and can experience first hand the excitement of finishing yachts sailing into Grassy Harbour, meeting with crew members and locals alike while enjoying great food and refreshments at the boat club.

When: March Long Weekend
Contact: KI Boat Club - John Brewster
Telephone: 0427 875 832
Web: www.orcv.org.au

 Wings On King Island 

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Even though King Island has such an important location and role for birds, we know very little about the conservation status of the land birds of King Island or about how the birds that migrate across Bass Strait use the Island.  Long- term, systematic monitoring of land-birds has never been done on King Island!.  Although there has been useful random monitoring of birds on the Island, its use for conservation management is limited.       
Winds on King aims to answer these questions by gathering data from idenified monitoring sites across the island in differing land usage zones, landscape elelements, begatatin dcommunites and habitat qualities.  It aims to find and tell the story of the birds of King Island. 

Contact: Kate Ravich
Telephone:  0417 487 263
Web: www.birdsofkingisland.com

 Pheasant Weekend

Pheasant Seasaon

Pheasant Season is the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June.
Licences to shoot Pheasant can only be obtained through Service Tasmania 1300 13 55 13 outlets or the Internet.The King Island Game Bird Association issue Membership cards at a fee with the Shooter Authority Card – to be endorsed and signed by the landowner or manager to give the shooter permission to shoot on the named properties.These can be obtained on arrival on the Island, or by prior arrangement from the Association.The membership is used to fund the Game Bird Association Breed and Release project; to maintain pheasant numbers in the field.

When: June, Queen's Birthday Long Weekend
Contact: Nick Cooper - Game Bird Ass. Currie 
Telephone: 0428 611 254
Web: www.dpiw.tas.gov.au

King Island Golf Open

King Island Golf Course

Situated in Currie, set amid coastal dunes meeting the Southern Ocean, King Island's links have been described as resembling St Andrew's of Scotland, with rolling fairways carved from the natural undulations. The King Island Open, a 36 hole event for men and lady golfers is held over the Northern Tasmanian Recreation Day / Melbourne Cup long weekend. This event is open to any golfer with an AGU handicap. The event commences on Friday with a 9 hole Chicken Run held in conjunction with a 18 hole 4BBB stableford (arrange partners). Championship rounds of 18 holes are held on both Saturday and Sunday concluding with a Presentation Dinner at the clubhouse on Sunday evening.

When: November Long Weekend
Contact: King Island Golf & Bowling Club, Owen Smith Drive, Currie
Telephone: 03 6462 1126
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Web: www.golfkingisland.com