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Club Tour of King Island

25 to 28 October 2019

WOW! What a diverse and immersive experience we 25 Group members were given on our King Island Tour.

Our guide and excellent coach captain, truly brought to life the Island’s food, history and culture, with his very knowledgeable and interesting commentary “en route”.  He had crafted the itinerary from his extensive local experience of the Island attractions. Thus, we were given access to many private properties on our visits to many stunningly rugged seascapes and a memorable lunch at a local prime beef producer, before learning some of the history of the young family’s journey to set up this business.

Over the 4 days, we learned of the Island’s major sources of income, including the unique kelp harvesting industry, the King Island prime beef production and famous King Island Cheese crafting.

Our visits took us to many beautiful and rugged coastal spots and on Saturday, we braved heavy wind squalls, to overlook the sight of breakers crashing on the rocky shore at Seal Point- a truly awe-inspiring sight! The island presented us with its “four seasons in one day,” and we learned to appreciate the beauty of the Island’s many different moods. Everyone agreed that our experience would have just not been the same, without being immersed in the unique weather pattern of being in the “Roaring 40’s.”  Luckily, despite the changes in the weather, we were able to fit in all of the promised attractions. Our guide’s clever alteration to our daily itinerary to accommodate the weather changes, meant that we were never caught out.

Listening to our guide’s description of some of the numerous shipwrecks along the coast, made us marvel at the courage and resilience of the few survivors from such maritime disasters, and  it was sobering to learn that the Island’s coast was the scene of some of the worst maritime disasters in the Nation’s early history. Our final day highlight, was a visit to the Historical Museum complex, which contained many very interesting exhibits, including the Cape Wickham Lighthouse original lens – a massive and very weighty structure made by master craftsmen in Paris.

We were very comfortably accommodated in our motel and had several enjoyable “Happy Hours” in the adjacent small enclosed barbecue area attached to the motel. The first night, with the wind squalls and heavy rain showers, left us wondering what we had struck, as the walls flexed alarmingly in the wind. By Sunday however, the weather had much abated and by Monday the front had passed and we were treated to a delightfully warm, sunny day.

Our meals on tour were tasty and had a very pleasant local touch. The two evening meals at local restaurants, were good quality and overall, we enjoyed the food selections we were given over the entire tour.

In summary, our guide’s intimate knowledge of the Island as a local and his ever readiness to help and answer questions, made the tour really a living experience for all of us.

Our thanks to everyone on the Tour in working in so well with our schedule and setting out to really enjoy our time together.

Roger & Janine Stevenson
Carlton /Parkville Probus Club
Joint Tour Co-Ordinators

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