From bushwalking & beachcombing to a self drive tour around the Island – here’s some ideas to fill your days on your Flinders Island holiday!
Any holiday on Flinders Island will have simplicity as its central theme. If you want to get close to nature, away from the maddening crowd and to be in an environment that has not been spoilt by industry, there would be few places better to visit.
On Flinders Island there is plenty to do and see. It is also a great place to unwind for those who just want to escape the stresses of modern living and perhaps do a bit of fishing or play a round of golf. (the 9-hole golf course has only been parred once in its 40 year history). However, the real joy of holidaying on Flinders Island is that you can relax, do nothing, lie in the sun, go fishing or just walk along miles of beaches. For families, the Furneaux region is a very safe environment to visit. The community is friendly and welcoming, there are walks to suit everybody, and most of the beaches are safe swimming for all ages. There is still an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity on Flinders.
Native wildlife abounds, up close too!…
Flinders Island literally abounds with native animals – Bennetts, Pademelon and Potoroo wallabies, possums, wombats, echidnas. A careful evening drive will reveal many. The Patriarch Sanctuary offers close day time opportunities to see and photograph native animals. The native flora is a sheer delight.
Long gleaming beaches where the only prints in the sand will be yours; craggy peaks, abundant wildlife in bushland, wetlands, ocean and shore, surrounded by outlying uninhabited islands and all around, the shining restless sea.
With over 50 mostly uninhabited islands, more than 65 shipwrecks and over 120 pristine beaches, there are any number of reasons for choosing Flinders Island for a rejuvenating holiday. Relax and unwind amid the tranquility of one of Australia’s idyllic natural settings, fanned by intoxicatingly fresh breezes direct from the sparkling waters of Bass Strait. Seek out adventure, quench your quest for knowledge of history or marvel at the abundance of flora, fauna and birds, all while surrounded by rugged mountains rising from the sea.
The fresh vigour of spring bursting with colour and new life; summer’s long afternoons and lazy days at the beach; calm cloudless days of autumn with mirror seas and golden light; and in winter the clarity of light and wild seascapes are a photographer’s delight.
Whether your adventure is bushwalking, snorkelling, boat charters, scenic flights or a 4WD tour, Flinders Island has so much to offer. For the more adventurous, scuba diving or rock climbing are options.
Self Guided Adventure Ideas
There are also many things to do on and around Flinders, other than just to relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings:
•Fish for the ‘catch of the day’ – be it flathead, trevally, salmon or calamari
•Dive! The islands are a fantastic place for great SCUBA diving and snorkelling
•Hire a car and explore
•Climb to the summit of Mt. Strzelecki and be amazed at the view
•Explore the National Park
•Explore the many walking tracks and trails with the assistance of a local walking guide book
•Fossick for Killiecrankie Diamonds
•Enjoy the luxury of your own private beach and swim in crystal clear waters
•Take in the view from one of the island’s many lookouts
•Steep yourself in local history and culture
•Spend a few quiet moments at Wybalenna Chapel
•Watch the Shearwaters fly in from the viewing platform at Port Davies and marvel at the abundant wildlife or spot the forty-spotted Pardalote
•Pitch a tent under the spectacular night sky
The region is suited to eco-tourism and other low impact activities. These include bird watching, kayaking, bush walking, photography, and enjoying the natural surroundings.
Uncover the early stories of Aboriginal heritage, shipwreck survivors, sealers and settlers. Learn of the more than 65 shipwrecks each with a story to tell. Visit the Furneaux Museum at Emita and the hauntingly sorrowful Wybalenna site, just some of the places to learn more about times past.
Let your spirit take flight at the sight of soaring seabirds-albatross, pacific gulls, shearwaters – on the wing. Raptors such as swamp harriers, wedgetails and sea eagles provide exciting viewing. Cape Barren Geese are frequently seen all year round.
Marvel at the purity of the air and sea, or just refresh your soul by simply doing nothing.