Horse Racing Carnival
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.
Next race days for 2017: 2nd Dec, 16th Dec, 26th Dec.
Next race days for 2018: 1st Jan, 13th Jan, 20th Jan, 27th Jan.
The Festival of King Island (FOKI)
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.
Long Table Festival
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.
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
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.
King Island Football Season
The King Island Football Association runs the only three team competition in Australia which means that you can win the wooden spoon and the premiership in the same season. Bitter rivals Currie, Grassy and North fight it out year after year for the honour of winning the premiership. Games take place in Currie or Grassy and are an integral part of island life.
When: Saturday afternoons – May to September
Contact: Tony Melis (KIFA President)
Telephone: 0400 602 776
Queenscliff to Grassy Yacht Race
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
Wings On King Island
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 identified monitoring sites across the island in differing land usage zones, landscape elements, communites and habitat qualities. It aims to find and tell the story of the birds of King Island.
When: 17th – 19th November 2017
What: Spring Survey
Contact: Kate Ravich
Telephone: 0417 487 263
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
King Island Golf Open
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.
Please let us know if you are holding a King Island event that is not listed here and we can add it to the list.