Martha Lavinia Beach, King Island Stu Gibson.jpg

Photo: Martha Lavinia Beach, King Island, Stu Gibson

King Island is a tiny, rocky island located in the Bass Strait between the Australian mainland and Tasmania. Despite its small size, this island is well known for its delicious food, intriguing geology, and stunning surroundings.

Europeans were the first to discover the island. Although opinions among historians seem to vary, it is believed that Aboriginal people may not have created a permanent settlement.

The island developed into a centre for dairy production in the 20th century, and it’s still a significant business today.

King Island offers a unique terrain, with rocky beaches, hills, and a mild marine climate. The island has a area of about 110,160 acres and is roughly 64 km long and 24 km wide. Among the island’s spectacular natural attractions are the Calcified Forest and the Seal Rocks.

Map showing where King Island is situated, a place for retirement
King Island Map: id community
Median Age45
Country Of Birth
New Zealand1.7%
Philippines 1.1%
Source: ABS 2021 Census
Mean Maximum Temperature17.0C
Mean Minimum Temperature10.0C
Mean Rainfall 858.7mm
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

King Island’s northernmost point is home to the Cape Wickham Lighthouse, which is bordered by a golf course and vast, agricultural plains. Golf fans appreciate traveling to the area and playing in the breathtaking surroundings.

A green golf course facing the blue ocean, something for retirement
Cape Wickham Golf Course, Photo: Adam Gibson

King Island is well recognized for its stunning surroundings, which include hills, rocky coasts, and a diverse range of flora.A number of protected areas, including the King Island Marine Reserve, which is home to numerous unique marine species, are also located on the island.

King Island Cuisine

King Island is well known for its delectable cuisine, especially its dairy and seafood offerings. Some of Australia’s greatest cheese and butter is made on King Island. As a result of the island’s plentiful pastures and climate, King Island cheese is especially well known for its distinctive flavour. The seafood on the island is renowned as well, especially the crayfish, abalone, and rock lobster.

Magnificent King Island. Famed for its produce (including dairy, seafood) -it's a great place to live too.  Jacqui and Shimon moved from Melbourne to experience the natural abundance of King Island.
King Island Dairy, Stu Gibson

King Island is an intriguing island with a rich history, distinctive terrain, pristine environment, and delectable cuisine. King Island offers something for everyone.

Living On King Island: Jacqui Brumley and Shimon Tchobutaru

For many King Island is a dream lifestyle location.  

Jacqui Brumley and Shimon Tchobutaru, an enterprising couple, moved from Melbourne to King Island in 2019.

Prior to moving, they had run a busy and successful yoga studio in Melbourne  for well over 20 years. They are very well regarded Yoga teachers. Many reviews of students testify to this: ‘welcoming , passionate, dedicated, genuine teachers, solid grounding in all aspects of Yoga, mind calming.…..’

man in white top and black pants and a lady in purple top, black pants standing n green grass doing yoga in front an ocean, something for retirement
Photo: Shimon Tchobutaru and Jacqui Brumley, King Island

The beauty and lifestyle of King Island attracted Jacqui and Shimon. 

‘There is an abundance of wildlife’, they add

Now semi retired, they ‘run Yoga retreats, retreats to rural Victoria and India, teach the locals as well as online classes. We have over 70 years of collective Yoga experience’.

‘We live on King Island, so as to live closer to nature, especially the ocean. Everywhere you go on King Island you are close to the sea’.

Having a small population makes for a close community. Jacqui and Shimon say the community has ‘wonderful people’. They also have ‘great neighbours’.

They are supporters of local businesses. If items are not available on King Island, there is online shopping.  However, it can be expensive: ‘one needs to be mindful of freight’.

Captivating King Island. Renowned for its delectable cuisine, scenery and fauna King Island is the place for those seeking a great lifestyle.
Photo: Shimon Tchobutaru and Jacqui Brumley, at the Pier, King Island

The cost of living is higher. Petrol, food and flights to mainland Tasmania and other parts of Australia are expensive.  The couple travel around King Island by car.

According to Jacqui and Shimon there are ‘good doctors’ on King Island but no specialists.

However, it seems that the abundant lifestyle and sheer beauty of King Island compensates for these issues.

Pristine, idyllic with plenty of the ‘L’ word (lifestyle), King Island really is the place we to be.

It’s definitely a King Island!

Yoga Retreats, King Island And Beyond

To find out more about Jacqui and Shimon’s Yoga retreats, online classes and more, please visit

(and watch out for a new website that is coming soon: )

Jill Weeks has been an educator and author for many years. She is the author of 21 Ways To Retire, which gives insights into how 21 Australians from different backgrounds adjusted to retirementShe is also the co-author with her husband, Owen, of several editions of Where To Retire In Australia and one of Retire Bizzi

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