Freight to and From King Island

King Island is currently serviced by 2 ships:

The King islander managed by Eastern Line shipping and The John Duigan managed by Bass Island Line.


Information for using The John Duigan

TasPorts is the primary supplier of bulk fuel products to the Island and has supply contracts with Hydro Tasmania for diesel fuel requirements used for power generation on both King Island and Flinders Island.

To book Melbourne (Victoria) to King Island via the John Duigan, please contact Tas Cargo Services, 146 Wilson St Burnie 1300 038 228

Delivery and Receival Depot for the John Duigan , Melbourne: AAT Appleton Dock, 59 Appleton Dock Road, West Melbourne, Victoria 3003.  Open Mon- Fri 6am – 1.30pm for receival and delivery.  You must have two copies of your consignment note for the Port to receive your car.

To book King Island to Melbourne via the John Duigan contact Jim Mckenzie Agencies, 2 Shaw Street Currie 03 6462 1415. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

Delivery and Receival Depot, King Island: TasPorts, Grassy Harbour Rd, Grassy, King Island 7256.  Open Mon- Fri 8am - 4.30pm.  Telephone 03 6461 1155.

This ship is on a rolling schedule, therefore ship days and times are subject to change. Find the schedule here: Schedule - Bass Island Line. All keys to the vehicle need to be supplied to enable Bass Island Line and Biosecurity access to your vehicle.  Payment must be made before the car is shipped.


Information for using the King Islander



Bass Strait Equalisation Scheme

The Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme is available if you are flying on a commercial airline between Melbourne and King Island or King Island to Melbourne. You must be flying on a commercial airline 14 days either side of when your car is shipped, and be able to provide airline ticket details. A rebate is available for each way and can be claimed each time your car travels from either Melbourne to King Island second rebate can be claimed when your car returns to the wharf it originally left from. The free return leg on tourist rate must be completed within 3 months from the first trip.  Business/Commercial cars do not qualify.  Cars must be registered at the time of travel.

See details here:


Quarantine Items

Tasmania has strict quarantine regulations to keep diseases and pests out.  You are NOT allowed to bring to King Island any fresh fruit, vegetables, plants or plant parts, cut flowers, anything carrying soil, or fish and fish products from anywhere other than mainland Tasmania. If you break these rules, you will be fined.

Please telephone Quarantine Tasmania on 03 6233 3352 for further information.