Sport & Leisure
Golf – King Island Golf and Bowling Club (03) 6462 1126 - www.golfkingisland.com
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 course is a composite 18 holes, with alternate tees (17) and greens (12) on ten fairways. With the development of new seventh tees for the men and lady golfers over the spring – summer of 2012/2013, the compact course can challenge the best of golfers when the wind decides to blow (which is frequently!!!).
Visitors to the island are most welcome to play on the course, no bookings are required. The clubhouse is currently open on Wednesdays 3.00pm to 7.00pm, Thursdays 3.00pm to 7.00pm, Fridays 2.00pm to 11.30 pm and Saturdays 10.00am to 11.30 pm.
When the clubhouse is NOT open golf club hire and green fee payment can be arranged through King Island IGA, Main St, Currie (open 8.00am to 6.00 pm 7 days a week - telephone 6462 1244). Club hire - $10.00, Buggy hire - $5.00, Green Fees – 9 holes = $15.00 and 18 holes = $25.00. Golf balls and tees are also available. If you have your own clubs and equipment, green fees can be paid at the entrance to the clubhouse.
Visitors are also welcome to join with club members who play a chicken run (handicap stableford) with hit off times on Wednesdays 9.30 am and 3.00 pm and Fridays 3.00 pm, and/or participate in the club’s weekly competition which commences at 11.00 am every Saturday.
Lawn bowls are played on Thursdays at 4.00pm (social bowls) and Saturdays are competition days commencing at 1.00pm (weather depending) from mid September through to the end of March. Visitors are most welcome and Rusty Scott (Bowls Captain) will organize a game for those keen to have a roll and also make you feel at home. Contact the King Island Golf & Bowling Club for further information. (03) 6462 1126
Bring your rackets for a hit of tennis on one of the five courts available in Currie. Visitors are asked to make a gold coin donation in the honesty box.
If you like to surf you may never leave. King Island has hosted many of the world’s top surfers looking to get away from the crowds or simply to catch some of the best waves anywhere. Being an island the wind is off-shore somewhere every day.Before you arrive check out the seven day forecast, this will give you swell direction and size, wind direction and strength. The most popular surfing spots are:
Martha Lavinia, off shore on a south westerly.Best on low tide with anything over a two metre swell.This surf break has been voted by Surfing Life as one of the top ten waves in the world close to a regional city and features in a host of surf photographs.
Phoques Bay on the north west coast, off shore in any wind with east in it. Best at low to mid tide.Any swell over 1.5m creates a perfect wave for the beginner to the hell man!
Red Hut Point, south of the Island.Off shore in a northerly.A beautiful place to catch a salmon and some waves.Works best when the swell is all but flat.
Porky Beach, behind the Cheese Factory, just north of Currie. Off-shore, any wind with east in it. Will break in the smallest of swell up to 2m.
British Admiral Beach
This is Currie's closest surfing beach; it is a long, sweeping beach with curves of sand backed by dunes, with good surfing at the southern end. Breaks on any wind with east in it and any swell, rarely flat. The sand dunes offer opportunities for sheltered sun bathing.To get there, drive down Netherby Road past the Kelp Industries and continue for approx 3km to the beach.
Surfboards are available for hire from Bikes Boards and More King Island. Contact Anna on 0477 812 363.
Wind + waves + long empty beaches = Kite surfing heaven.
As you fly into King Island you will notice how very flat it is. This makes it ideal for cycling, either long or short distances. Bring a bike or contact Bikes Boards and More King Island to arrange hire of a mountain bike. Contact Anna on 0475 351 807.
Squash - (03) 6462 1126
There is only one operational squash court on King Island but how many do you need? Phone the Golf and Bowling Club for further information.
King Island is home to the Imperial 20 which has grown from Australia’s only 32 kilometre, coast to coast footrace into a weekend of activities held in March every year. As you would expect King Island’s roads and tracks are ideal for runners of all abilities.
King Island is well known for the annual race season and many locals are confirmed hippomaniacs. Many of the coastal tracks are perfect for beginners or more experienced riders alike. Contact King Island Trail Rides for further information.
Whether looking at underwater sea-life or looking for dinner there’s plenty of activity on King Island’s shores. Don’t forget to get a licence if you plan on taking some wildlife home to eat. www.fishing.tas.gov.au/licence
Naracoopa Jetty is the spot favoured by local anglers but surf-fishing from a variety of locations is also popular. The go-to man for fishing information and equipment is Terry Perry located in the eponymous shop on Main Street. Sweep is the favoured catch off the rocky western shores. Sandy beaches such as Phoques Bay and Martha Lavinia are good surf-fishing spots with catches ranging from Australian salmon, gummy shark, school shark and mullet (preferably at night). Fishermen seldom leave the Currie and Grassy wharves empty handed, usually barracouta and squid can be caught. For detailed advice ask a local.
Brown trout are stocked in three of the island’s lakes, all are in the north end of the island, i.e. Penny’s Lagoon, Cask Lake and Lake Wickham. The latter two are on private property, but access is available, just observe the gates etc. Licences are available from Service Tasmania, George Street, Currie. Graball net and mullet net licenses are also available. Call into Terry Perry or The Trend Garage in Main Street Currie to purchase bait and fishing gear or contact Bikes Boards and More King Island on 0477 812 363 to arrange hire of fishing rods and tackle gear.
Pheasant Season is over the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June. Licences to shoot Pheasant can only be obtained through Service Tasmania (1300 13 55 13) or via 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. Contact Nick Cooper, President, Game Bird Association - 0428 611 254. All Game Licenses and Permits can be purchased from Service Tasmania, by post or over the Internet. Service Tasmania can also provide you with the booklet “Game Tracks” which gives comprehensive information on all hunting permitted on King Island. For all other game management enquiries go to http://www.dpiw.tas.gov.au/gov
The King Island Boat Club meets at its Grassy Port headquarters twice monthly and Grassy hosts many visiting cruising and racing yachts. For further information on the activities of the King Island Boat Club please contact Duncan Porter on 0439 215 188.
The King Island Aeroclub members meet every Sunday in clubrooms at airport. All visitors are welcome for flying & recreational activities. Contact President Jim Benn on (03) 6462 1938 for further information.
F.J.Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Studio offers lessons for individuals, couples and groups in a wide variety of dance styles. Phone Dennis Klumpp on 03 64631151 or 0427 631147 for a booking.