Highlights of Flinders Island
For such a tiny island, Flinders offers the ultimate escape when it comes to natural beauty, peace and quiet, and culinary delights. Punching way above its weight, a visit to Flinders Island guarantees mouth-watering fresh seafood, exotic wildlife, intriguing local characters and an undeniably stunning landscape. Here’s five reasons to add Flinders Island to your “must visit places of 2018”.
It’s one of the best islands to explore by foot
From conquering Mt Strzelecki, Flinders Island’s highest peak, and being rewarded with some of the most awe-inspiring views on the island, to trekking along the rolling green pastures with sparkling coastal vistas, walking Flinders Island gives you a chance to experience the highlights of the island at a relaxed pace. Taking the time to stop and take photos, marvel at the views and enjoy the island in all its facets enhances your experience much more than a bus tour ever could. 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 flora and fauna.
It has a rich history
Flinders Island has a rich history that dates back more than 35,000 years. The original inhabitants of the island survived on its ample natural resources until about 4,500 years ago, when an acute El Nino climate shift affected their ability to source food and fresh water and the population died out. From the first European discovery of the island in 1773 by Tobias Funeaux, to the first settlement sites of Tasman Aborigines exiled to the island in 1833, to the present day, the island’s history is almost as raw and rugged as its weathered coast. Flinders Island’s isolation and remoteness enhances its uniqueness and charm and make it a wonderful walking destination for those who choose to explore it this way.
There is unique and abundant wildlife
Bird watchers, rejoice! Flinders island is home to an abundant and diverse range of birds. From albatross, to mutton-birds, pacific gulls, wedge tailed eagles, sea eagles and Cape Barren Geese, there’s no shortage of winged wildlife circling overhead. Keep an eagle-eye out for the endangered forty-spotted pardolate (one of the smallest birds in Australia). Plus, more than 200,000 Tasmanian pademelons and red-necked wallabies roam the island. You may even be lucky enough to spot a long-nosed potoroo (part of the rat-kangaroo family). If you have time, visit the volunteer conservation venture, Patriarch Wildlife Sanctuary, and enjoy the chance to get up close to some of the island’s native animals.
Delicious food and wine
Flinders Island is well known for its fresh seafood and famous meat – and there are few better places to experience the culinary delights than Lady Barron, a small seaside township that is the base for many fishing charters. Dine on fish, crayfish, some of the world’s finest organic beef and lamb, as well as locally produced honey, fruit and vegetables… The list goes on! Head to Furneaux Tavern for a cold Tasmanian beer, meet some of the colourful characters of the island and hear their yarns about island life.
Sleep under the stars
Take your Flinders Island visit to the next level and immerse yourself in nature by sleeping under the stars. Falling asleep to the sounds of nature does wonders for the soul, not to mention the forced digital detox that allows you to reclaim your spare time! Instead of finishing your evenings in a hotel and watching television, spending your nights under the stars gives you a chance to ponder, chat with other travellers, read that book you’ve been telling yourself to make time for, or simply recounting the day’s’experiences in your mind.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, jump on the Flinders Island Walking Adventure. This six day walking trip gives travellers a chance to experience a week of rugged ranges, sparkling beaches, clear sapphire waters, abundant wildlife and fresh, locally produced meals. Find out more