A report on King Island (Tasmania)

Built in 1861, the Cape Wickham Lighthouse is Australia's, and the Southern Hemisphere's, tallest lighthouse.
Wreck of the Cataraqui, Australia's deadliest maritime disaster with 400 victims. 314 recovered bodies lie buried on King Island in five graves.
Currie Harbour, 2007
surface geology of King Island
King Island Emu

Island in the Bass Strait, belonging to the Australian state of Tasmania.

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Built in 1861, the Cape Wickham Lighthouse is Australia's, and the Southern Hemisphere's, tallest lighthouse.

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Tasmania

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Island state of Australia.

Island state of Australia.

Tasmania from space
Map showing the general geological surface features of Tasmania. Note the extent of dolerite, and the mosaics in the west.
Tessellated pavement, a rare rock formation on the Tasman Peninsula
1807 engraving by French explorer Charles Alexandre Lesueur shows seafaring Aboriginal people and a large canoe on the eastern shore of Schouten Island
Tasmania is named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, the first European to sight the island, in 1642.
Painting by John Glover of Mount Wellington and Hobart, 1834
Painting of a Tasmanian Aboriginal throwing a spear, 1838
Four elderly full-blood Tasmanian Aboriginal people, c. 1860s. Truganini, for many years claimed to be the last full-blood Aboriginal person to survive, is seated far right.
A convict ploughing team breaking up new ground at the farm at Port Arthur.
Topography of Tasmania
Because of Tasmania's proximity to the south magnetic pole towards Antarctica, the Aurora australis can sometimes be seen.
Satellite image showing snow covering Tasmania's highlands, August 2020.
Snow on Cradle Mountain
The Köppen climate classifications of Tasmania.
An apple orchard in the "Apple Isle".
Ferns in Hellyer Gorge, to the northeast of Savage River National Park
The Tasmanian Devil, Tasmania's state animal emblem
Estimated resident population since 1981
Parliament House, Hobart
Map showing the Local Government Areas of Tasmania.
Smoked Tasmanian salmon. Tasmania is a large exporter of seafood, particularly salmon.
Hop farms in the Derwent Valley.
Booker Prize-winner Richard Flanagan has written several novels set in his home state of Tasmania.
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), the largest privately owned museum in the Southern Hemisphere
The Princess Theatre and Earl Arts Centre, Launceston
Bellerive Oval hosts cricket and Australian rules football, Tasmania's two most popular spectator sports.
Built in Hobart in 1824, Cascade Brewery is Australia's oldest continuously operating brewery.
Hobart Airport
Bridgewater Bridge
The West Coast Wilderness Railway runs from Queenstown to Strahan and is a reminder of the once elaborate network of rail in Tasmania.
The Spirit of Tasmania links the island with mainland Australia.
Mount Ossa & Mount Pelion West
Hobart from kunanyi / Mount Wellington
King River
River Styx
92-metre-high Eucalyptus regnans
Temperate rainforest
Lake Pedder and Mount Anne from Western Arthurs
Cradle Mountain from the shore of Dove Lake
Cataract Gorge, Launceston
Sub-Antarctic Garden, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart
Mount Roland

The largest of these are Flinders Island in the Furneaux Group of Bass Strait, King Island in the west of Bass Strait, Cape Barren Island south of Flinders Island, Bruny Island separated from Tasmania by the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, Macquarie Island 1,500 km from Tasmania, and Maria Island off the east coast.

Monument commemorating the first flight across the Bass Strait, by Arthur Leonard Long in 1919. Note the spelling "".

Bass Strait

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Strait separating the island state of Tasmania from the Australian mainland .

Strait separating the island state of Tasmania from the Australian mainland .

Monument commemorating the first flight across the Bass Strait, by Arthur Leonard Long in 1919. Note the spelling "".
The shoreline of Tasmania and Victoria about 14,000 years ago as sea levels were rising, showing some of the human archaeological sites – see Prehistory of Australia
Shortest distance between the coasts of Bass Strait: South West Point on Wilsons Promontory to the northern tip of the Stanley peninsula
Map of Bass Strait including major island groups
Major infrastructure connections between Tasmania and Victoria.
Amphitrite on 1936 stamp commemorating completion of cable

On the west. The eastern limit of the Great Australian Bight [being a line from Cape Otway, Australia, to King Island and thence to Cape Grim, the northwest extreme of Tasmania.

Coastline of the Great Australian Bight

Great Australian Bight

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Large oceanic bight, or open bay, off the central and western portions of the southern coastline of mainland Australia.

Large oceanic bight, or open bay, off the central and western portions of the southern coastline of mainland Australia.

Coastline of the Great Australian Bight
The Great Australian Bight south of the Nullarbor. Credit Jacques Descloitres, Visible Earth, NASA.
Great Australian Bight Marine Park, 2007
Great Australian Bight 2015
Cliff overlooking Commonwealth Marine Reserve

On the East. A line from Cape Otway, Victoria to King Island and thence to Cape Grim, the northwest extreme of Tasmania.

Aboriginal Tasmanians

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The Aboriginal Tasmanians (Palawa kani: Palawa or Pakana) are the Aboriginal people of the Australian island of Tasmania, located south of the mainland.

The Aboriginal Tasmanians (Palawa kani: Palawa or Pakana) are the Aboriginal people of the Australian island of Tasmania, located south of the mainland.

A picture of the last four Tasmanian Aboriginal people of solely Aboriginal descent c. 1860s. Truganini, the last to survive, is seated at far right.
The shoreline of Tasmania and Victoria about 14,000 years ago as sea levels were rising showing some of the human archaeological sites – see Prehistory of Australia
Robert Dowling, Group of Natives of Tasmania, 1859. Critic Bernard William Smith assessed the work as a "history painting in the full sense of the word", with the natives "seated – emblematic of their situation – around the dying embers of a burnt-out log near a great blackened stump, and in the far left corner there is a leafless tree with shattered branches."
Proclamation (c. 1828–30) by Sir George Arthur to Aboriginal Tasmanians, claiming that they would receive equal treatment before the law.
Benjamin Duterrau, Mr Robinson's first interview with Timmy, 1840
Oyster Cove Mob
Horace Watson recording the songs of Fanny Cochrane Smith, considered to be the last fluent speaker of a Tasmanian language, 1903. Singer Bruce Watson, descendant of Watson, composed a song about this picture and later performed it with singer Ronnie Summers, a descendant of Smith.
Map of Tasmanian nations

Migrants from southern Australia into peninsular Tasmania would have crossed stretches of seawater and desert, and finally found oases in the King highlands (now King Island).

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King Island Council

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King Island Council is a local government body in Tasmania, encompassing King Island and the adjacent minor islands within Bass Strait, in the north-west of the state.

new year islands

New Year Island (Tasmania)

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98.22 ha granite island and game reserve located in the Great Australian Bight, lying off the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia.

98.22 ha granite island and game reserve located in the Great Australian Bight, lying off the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia.

new year islands

While much smaller in area than the adjacent King Island, the New Year Island lends its name to the island group due to its European discovery a few days earlier than the King Island.

Christmas Island (Tasmania)

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63.49 ha granite island located in the Great Australian Bight, lying off the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia.

63.49 ha granite island located in the Great Australian Bight, lying off the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia.

According to the International Hydrographic Organization, the line separating Bass Strait from the Great Australian Bight runs through King Island, so Christmas Island lies in the Great Australian Bight.

Orange-bellied parrot

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Small parrot endemic to southern Australia, and one of only three species of parrot that migrate.

Small parrot endemic to southern Australia, and one of only three species of parrot that migrate.

Female or male
Nesting boxes intended for use by orange-bellied parrots in Melaleuca, South West Tasmania

On the way, they may stop (and occasionally overwinter on) King Island, particularly Lake Flannigan.

Huxley Hill Wind Farm

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Diagram of a Flow Battery

Huxley Hill Wind Farm (also known as the King Island Wind Farm) is a wind power station at King Island, Tasmania, Australia, of around 1600 residents, owned by Hydro Tasmania, which supplements the four diesel generators with a combined capacity of 6 MW at Currie Power Station.

Norfolk (1801 brig)

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Built in Quebec in 1797 and registered in London in 1797 as Harbinger.

Built in Quebec in 1797 and registered in London in 1797 as Harbinger.

She reached the coast near Cape Otway on 1 January 1801, then veered sharply south-west to the north-western tip of Governor King's Island (now King Island), which Black named after the Governor of New South Wales, Philip Gidley King.