Getting To King Island
GETTING to AUSTRALIA’S BEST KEPT GOLFING SECRET, KING ISLAND, in ITSELF is a BIT of an ADVENTURE.
Three Melbourne airports have flights to King Island, with Regional Express (REX) flying out of Tullamarine airport, Sharp Airlines flying out of Essendon airport, Air Adventure flies charter flights and is also based out of Essendon but has some select flights out of Moorabbin airport and Vortex airlines flies charter flights out of Moorabbin airport. Generally the flight time from Melbourne down to King Island is between 35 and 45 minutes depending on the type of aircraft and weather conditions.
If you’re transiting in Melbourne, we recommend flying with REX as you can transit between flights conveniently within Tullamarine’s International and Domestic airport terminals, but check the REX website to make sure flight times enable you to do so. Alternatively REX and Sharp also fly up to King Island via Burnie.
If you’re a group looking to play 4 of Australia’s top 10 courses all located in Tasmania which includes both Cape Wickham and Ocean Dunes here on King Island, and then also Barnbougle Dunes and Barnbougle Lost Farm down on mainland Tasmania, get in touch with Air Adventure or Bass Strait Golf (Vortex) as they can package together your flights, golf, accommodation and transportation specifically tailored to your trip.
King Island Aircraft Services(there are no scheduled ferry services so travellers rely on air)
Daily Flights to King Island:
- Melbourne (Essendon Airport)
Daily at 7:30am (excl Mon/Wed)
1300 556 694
- Melbourne (Moorabbin Airport)
King Island Airlines
Weekdays at 7:30am and 3:30pm, return 9am and 5pm.
Saturdays at 7:30am, return 9:00 am.
Sundays at 3:30pm, return 5:00pm.
03 9580 3777
- Melbourne (Tullamarine Airport)
Regional Express (REX)
Daily at 11:05am return 12:20pm.
- Burnie (Wynyard, Tas)
Daily at 7:45, 10:50, 16:05, 16:50 return 8:55, 12:00, 17:15, 18:00.
- Launceston (via Burnie)
Daily at 7:00, 12:00, 15:20, 16:00; return 8:55, 12:00, 17:15, 18:00.
Charter Flights are available from Victoria and NSW:
Out of Moorabbin:
- AirSpeed Aviation – 1300 247 773 www.airspeedaviation.com.au
Helicopter Flights are available from:
Biosecurity when Travelling to King Island
King Island, is part of the State of Tasmania and has a natural advantage as an island and is relatively free of many pests, weeds and diseases that are present on mainland Australia, and the rest of the world.
You can help protect this beautiful island by ensuring you don’t bring any unwanted pest guests with you when you come to play and stay. Please remember not to bring any fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, animal products, plant material, soil and seeds. King Island has some of the best produce in the world – so there’s no need to bring anything!
Please also check that your shoes and golfing equipment have been cleaned and dried and are free from soil, weed seeds and other potential pests or diseases. It only takes a weed seed or other introduced pest or disease to spoil the magic of this near pristine part of the world. It is a beautiful place – so let’s keep it that way! Your help is appreciated.
Find out more about how you can help protect King Island and Tasmania by visiting Biosecurity Tasmania’s Traveller’s Guide to Tasmanian Biosecurity webpage: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/travellersguide