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Friday, October 4, 2013

Our island adventure

One of my first impressions of King Island happened at the supermarket, shortly after our arrival.  The friendly staff packed our holiday supplies into cardboard boxes and then proceeded to carry them to our car, all with a smile and no questions asked.  Straight away I got the feeling we were going to enjoy our stay.

As our week unfolded we discovered thundering waves, shipwrecks, endless deserted beaches and a warm, honest country community. 



The exploring opportunities around the coastline are almost endless and it is possible to spend hours on the spotless beaches and bush tracks and not see another person or vehicle.  

At night we cooked simple family meals in our rented shack* and warmed ourselves by the fire while the waves of Bass Strait pounded against the coastline just metres from our front door. 

The websites promised great shell collecting and we were not disappointed.  Some of the most beautiful pieces were spotted on the beach right in front of our shack.  



Honesty boxes are used widely on the island for everything from roadside egg stalls to accessing the spectacular golf course, after hours.  In the main street of Currie I quickly spotted a charming unattended art gallery brimming with bright art work, shells and fresh flowers while the soothing sounds of ABC Classic FM floated through the air.  Visitors are simply asked to pay on an honesty system.





We blew out 7 candles on a special holiday birthday cake at The Boathouse.  This delightful little place is an unattended BYO restaurant complete with Classic FM, tablecloths, wine glasses, cutlery, crockery, fresh flowers and water views.  Visitors are simply asked to clean up after themselves and make a donation.  This concept may not work on the mainland but it seems to work perfectly on King Island. 



As a family we enjoyed this quiet holiday minus the usual commercial tourist attractions and conveniences.  Calling in to the bakery, butcher and other small shops was a pleasure when we needed extra supplies.  Cheese tasting and plenty of fishing opportunities added to our island experience. 

If nightclubs, shopping malls, theme parks and fast food restaurants are part of your holiday requirements King Island will not be for you.  I get the feeling these things are just not required by the locals, they would rather be chatting to their neighbours, creating artwork, fishing or tending to their farms and businesses. 

  
 
Have you visited King Island?
I have become intrigued by island life.  

* The classic beach shack that became our home for a week deserves a separate post, stay tuned. 

34 comments :

  1. Hi! Just found your beautiful blog! Really loved your pictures from that gorgeous island, they really made me wanna go!

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    1. Thank you! It is a beautiful part of the world.

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  2. what a lovely family holiday jane..your children will remember their wonderful childhood and the rich experiences you and your husband have given them..

    happy birthday to your 7 year old..x

    ps..sounds very much like my sort of holiday..

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    1. Hello Jane, thank you for your comments. When I wrote this post I was thinking about my blog friends who would also enjoy King Island and I actually thought of you!

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    2. oh..thanks jane..that's really very special..x

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  3. Man, I'd give a million bucks to be there right now and away from Sydney and all it's manic chaos! Looks so lovely. I'm intrigued by the BYO restaurant -- I'm assuming you cook your own food there too?

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    1. Hi Mel. Yes, it is completely BYO for food and drink. There is a BBQ there but I suspect most people take their cooked food with them. Great idea isn't it?

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  4. happy to hear you had an amazing time away.
    These photos and your stories are amazing. I've added King Island to my wish list of places to visit. x

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  5. I've never visited King Island and your stunning images make me want to!
    I love the idea of the BYO restaurant! How quaint! How quirky!
    I hope your little holiday went very slowly, just how holidays should be!
    x

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    1. Thanks for calling in! The holiday went slowly at the time...now it feels like it disappeared very quickly!

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  6. How idyllic. Another place in the world to put on "would love to visit one day" list.
    Over here, honesty boxes get pinched along with the produce. My sister even had the chair stolen that her honesty box was sitting on.
    I'd never heard of a BYO restaurant. It sounds intriguing.

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    1. Thanks Anne. Yes, we see honesty on boxes on the mainland but only for fresh produce...I have never seen such a system at an art gallery! Increasingly honesty boxes in the Mildura area are being stolen from or damaged. Some even have security cameras. Sad isn't it?

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  7. Jane, what a wonderful, wonderful family holiday! I can just imagine how very peaceful this would be! I haven't been but now I've seen your photographs, I want to go even more! Beautiful shots, too! Thanks for sharing xo

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    1. Thank you Lizzy, it is certainly a very peaceful part of the world. x

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  8. Wow Jane, what a gorgeous post. Your photos are really lovely. I've always wanted to go to King Island, and you've made me want to go more than ever now! Look forward to part two!

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    1. Thanks Michelle, I know you would love it! Bruny Island is next on my wish list :)

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  9. I'm so glad that you are home Jane, I've missed your blog posts over the holidays... :)

    Your pictures from your trip to King Island are simply dreamy... I'm longing to visit this Island one day (too) and now after your rave review I'll be bumping it up on my holiday 'hot-spot' list for sure...

    Happy b'day to your special little 7yr old - how precious are they at this age, I simply love it!!!

    Take Care
    Jodie xx

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    1. Oh you are very kind Jodie. I miss your blog when you take a break too! 7 is a lovely age. I hope you are having a peaceful weekend xx

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  10. Oh what a wonderful holiday! Simplicity at its best to allow for the senses to recover and rejoice. So lovely to read of your family's pleasure. x

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    1. Thank you Lucent, lovely to hear from you!

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  11. Sounds like an a amazing family holiday and something you will all remember. I love the idea of the unattended cafe and gallery.

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  12. Looks like a fabulous holiday Jane! King Island looks charming. It's hard to imagine that those wonderful kinds of attractions and restaurant etc still exist with honesty systems. Can't wait to see your post on the beach house you stayed in. (Happy Birthday to your 7 yr old. My youngest just turned 7 too!) x

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    1. Thanks Donna, yes the honesty on the island is amazing. Being from the country we thought our part of the world was reasonably honest but King Island is way out in front! Our eldest is 7, it is a fun age isn't it... most of the time!?

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  13. I'm ashamed to say I've actually never been to King Island! How terrible is that when I'm so close! Will definitely have to rectify that sooner rather than later. Gorgeous photos :)

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    1. Thank you Naomi, there are a lot of places close to us that I haven't been to either!

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  14. A delight to read - adore your photography!

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    1. Thank you Julie, lovely to hear from you!

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  15. Oh Jane this looks so lovely and peaceful - RJ was just saying he wanted to go to Tassie, this would make a perfect stop afterwards!

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    1. Thanks JJ, a trip to Tassie would be great! We originally planned to combine KI and Tassie but travelling with young children we decided to keep things simple :)

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  16. I've often looked up visiting King Island and I think your post has just warranted another look. Give me isolated beaches and shack buildings any day. Also love the concept of The Boathouse, how wonderful, absolutely wonderful.

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  17. How beautiful! An honesty system in working order gives me hope for humanity! Lovely photos!

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane