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Grassy

Grassy is a serene coastal village on King Island's east coast and the island's main port.

Grassy was once a thriving mining town but since the closure of the town's mine, Grassy has reinvented itself as a vibrant village with the small community of locals expanding to include sea-changers, creatives, students and holiday makers.

Protected from the prevailing westerlies, the town has excellent fishing and diving at offshore shipwreck sites that you can learn about on a scenic drive of the island's maritime trail.

Wildlife is abundant and the area is a bird-watcher's paradise. There's a penguin rookery just inside Grassy Harbour, rare orange-bellied parrots stop over here on their annual migration, and shearwaters flock in great numbers to nest in summer.

Well known for its produce, there are numerous foodie destinations around Kind Island and Grassy has its fair share. The village eateries serve up local produce including the island's famous cheese and dairy products, seafood, beef, honey and fruit and veg.

Nearby farms offer tours and cooking classes and hampers are available in town for an alfresco feast. Personalised tours and charters are also available.

Accommodation is available at holiday rentals, B&Bs, guesthouses and campsites.

King Island is 80 kilometres north-west of mainland Tasmania, accessible by plane from Melbourne, Launceston and Burnie–Wynyard.

Local tips

  • Lookout for the elusive platypus at the Upper Grassy Dam