King Island

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King Island, part of the New Year Group, is one of the islands that make up the state of Tasmania, Australia. It is located in the Roaring Forties and forms part of the official land divide between the Great Australian Bight and Bass Strait, off the north-western tip of the main island of Tasmania, about halfway between Tasmania and the mainland state of Victoria. The southernmost point is called Stokes Point and the northernmost point is called Cape Wickham. There are three small islands surrounding King Island, namely New Year Island and Christmas Island situated to the northwest, and a smaller island called Councillor Island to the east. King Island was named after Philip Gidley King, Colonial Governor of New South Wales, whose territory at the time included what is now Tasmania. The local government area of the island is King Island Council. The population as at the 2011 census was 1,566.


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