Flinders Island

The Ultimate Escape

WHAT SPARKS YOUR INTEREST?

Mt Strzelecki - Set in the Strzelecki National Park in the south of Flinders Island, it rises steeply from the coast for the ultimate view of the coast.
Image thanks to: Stu Gibson

Wybalenna Chapel
Image thanks to: Dietmar Kahles

Rainbow at Trousers Point - known for beautiful beaches, views to off-shore islands, and unique rock features. Trousers Point Beach is the most photographed beach on the Island with white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue waters and a mountain rising out of the ocean.
Image thanks to: Dietmar Kahles

Flinders Island is the fisherman's paradise, packed with some of the best recreational fishing to be found in Tasmania. Either from the beach or deep sea fishing you will come back with a bountiful catch from some of the most pristine and cleanest waters in the world.
Image thanks to: Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman

Bennetts Wallabies - Flinders Island has an abundance of different wildlife to meet
Image thanks to: Sean Scott

Swimming at Trousers Point Beach
Image thanks to: Stu Gibson

Trousers Point Walk - a walk that showcases Flinders Island's best coastal scenery.
Image thanks to: Dietmar Kahles

Flinders Island

Flinders Island is the largest island of the 52 that make up the Furneaux Group. Located off the northeast coast of mainland Tasmania, this is the ultimate escape into the great outdoors and epitomizes the wild and rugged beauty of the region. It has a total land area of 1,333 square kilometers (515 sq mi) and the highest peak is Mount Strzelecki at 756 metres (2,480 ft).

A trip to Flinders Island is sure to dazzle your eyes with breathtaking views and stunning landscape, while keeping you in awe of the array of wildlife and flora. Mouth-watering treats are around every corner and your stomach will not go unattended.

Getting there

Bridport wharf, Tasmania, AustraliaRegular flights to Flinders Island leave from Launceston, Tasmania or Essendon, Victoria. For groups, private air services are available and tend to be more flexible in schedule. The island can also be reached by ferry from Bridport in Tasmania and Port Welshpool in Victoria. Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Brian Dullaghan – Bridport Bay

 

Activities and Things to Do and See

Fishing off the coast of Flinders Island, Tasmania, AustraliaThis remote getaway is a wonderful opportunity to commune with nature. Begin the day with a fishing expedition and end it with a beautiful walk on one of the secluded beaches. Consider a round of golf or take a drive to explore the wilderness. Cars can be hired if you did not ferry your vehicle in and are recommended as there is no public transport on the island. For a bit more action, take a dive or even consider fossicking for ‘Killiecrankie diamonds’!

For history buffs, the Furneaux Museum is the perfect way to pass the time and learn about the region’s fascinating history of shipwrecks and settlement. There is also a strong focus on cultural and natural history and the museum complex features many buildings that are historic in themselves.

Take in the sights and sounds of the local wildlife and ecology with a long trek or take a bike ride if you freighted it in. Simply enjoy getting away from it all! Image thanks to: Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman – Fishing trip.

History

Although the island was inhabited by Tasmanian Aboriginals at least 35,000 years ago, about 4,500 years ago the population either departed or fell ill, leaving the island desolate for thousands of years.
In 1773 British navigator Tobias Furneaux recorded some of the islands in the region and thus reignited human interest. Navigator Matthew Flinders charted the region 5 years later and soon a vibrant export industry for sealskins and oil developed, bringing European sealers who settled on the island. The settlers who remained on the island even after the sealing industry began its decline became known as the Straitsman.

Wybalenna Chapel, Tasmania, AustraliaIn 1830, many Aboriginals were exiled to Flinders in an attempt to ensure their survival. Although it was largely unsuccessful and led to many deaths from influenza and pneumonia, 16% of the population to this day is composed of Tasmanian Aboriginals. Visitors can still visit the restored Wybalenna Chapel from the attempted settlement.

Settlers came during 2 key periods in the 20th century: just before WWI and after WWII as part of a Soldier Land Settlement Scheme. Both of these periods impacted the island by increasing population and trade. Today, the population of around 800 is mainly engaged in primary industry with large exports of fat cattle, lambs, crayfish, wool, abalone, shark and scallops. Image thanks to: Dietmar Kahles – Wybalenna Chapel.

What to Eat

Cable Station Restaurant & Accommodation , Tasmania, AustraliaA trip to Flinders would not be complete without enjoying the local specialties. Fresh seafood such as abalone and the Southern Rock Lobster (crayfish) are must-trys. Plenty of meats such as lamb, beef, and even wallaby are available! The produce is also second to none. Seasonal fruits and vegetables round out a perfect meal and can be enjoyed with a wine from a local boutique winery. Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett – Crayfish.

Accommodation Offerings

Visitors can opt to rough it in the wilderness and stay on camping grounds or in cabins to get away from it all. For something more comfortable, B&Bs, holiday cottages, or farm stays may be preferable. Last but not least, hotels or a seaside resort may be the way to go. Either way, there are several styles and options available to suit several types of getaways.

Flora and Fauna

This remote island is a feast for the eyes with woodland mountainous regions juxtaposed with sandy coastal areas covered in scrub. The variety of plant species highlight this region as a land of great biodiversity. In fact, there are over 800 species that exist in the Furneaux Group of islands.

Several native bird species are present including the Cape Barren goose and the short-tailed shearwater. Several varieties of possum, along with wallabies, feral turkeys, and Tasmanian pademelons inhabit the island. Strzelecki National Park can be found in the southwest.

What to do

Flinders Island

Flinders Island Walking Adventure

Flinders Island

With its mesmerising mix of spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and aboriginal and european history, Flinders Island is the gem in the crown of Island walking in Tasmania. Over this diverse and rewarding itinerary you will experience 6 days walking the rugged peaks and sweeping coast lines of this windswept Island, taking the time to swim in the crystal clear waters and photograph the endless picture perfect vistas. You have the opportunity to summit the dramatic granite peaks of both Mt Killiecrankie and Mt Strzelecki , the second of which is the highest point on the island at 756m giving you spectacular 360 degree views of Flinders Island in its entirety. Although a small island of only 1,333 square kilometres, Flinders Island hosts an amazing array of ecosystems from dunes and lagoons to woodland and mountainous granite ridges which produce spectacular and unique species of flaura and a profusion of fauna which freely roams the island, it is also the only remaining habitat of the common wombat which you may be lucky enough to spot on your adventure. With scenic flights included from Launceston you are only a hop, skip and a jump away from your next unforgetable walking adventure!

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Island Quarters

Whitemark - North East Coast

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.3 km from Whitemark Ferry Terminal and within 20 km of Trousers Point Beach and Strzelecki National Park. Furneaux Museum is 19.8 km away.
This apartment building features laundry facilities, a garden, and a front-desk safe. Free WiFi in public areas, free self parking, and a free airport shuttle are also provided.
Each apartment provides a kitchen with a refrigerator, a stovetop, a microwave, and a dishwasher. For a bit of entertainment, a flat-screen TV comes with satellite channels, and guests can also appreciate conveniences like a washer/dryer and a sofa bed. Limited housekeeping is available.

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Blue Rocks - North East Coast

This beachfront cabin is located in Blue Rocks, close to Furneaux Museum. Regional attractions also include Furneaux Museum and Whitemark Ferry Terminal.

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Lady Barron - North East Coast

Situated in Lady Barron, this vacation home is within 2 km of Lady Barron Wharf and St. Barnabas Anglican Church. Whitemark Ferry Terminal and Trousers Point Beach are also within 32 km.

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Flinders Island Cabin Park

Whitemark - North East Coast

Situated in Whitemark, this cabin is 4.5 km from Whitemark Ferry Terminal and within 20 km of Furneaux Museum and Trousers Point Beach. Strzelecki National Park and Furneaux Museum are also within 25 km.

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