The Furneaux group sports some of the most beautiful and exciting coastline to be found in Australia. The mountains, in particular Mount Strzelecki, are spectacular with great granite cliffs, rocky ridges, distinctive summits, and forests running down to sandy beaches. You will also find, particularly on the eastern side, heath lands, wetlands and lagoons.
There are walks to suit everybody from two-hour strolls to extended camping treks such as the Cape Barren circuit.
If planning a walking holiday to Flinders Island an important person to contact is our local Parks and Wildlife Ranger. You can contact him on the following:
Phone: (03) 6359 2217
Fax: (03) 6359 2210
Local operators can provide you with a guide or with transport to the outer islands if required. There are walking books available that cover both Flinders Island and Cape Barren Island, for example A Walking Guide to Flinders Island and Cape Barren Island by Doreen H Lovegrove & Steve Summers and Walks of Flinders Island by Ken Martin
Please contact the Visitor Information Centre located at the Flinders Council Chambers (03) 6359 5009 for more information on these publications.
As most bush walkers will be aware minimum environmental impact is as important in the Furneaux region as it is anywhere else. We advise that ours is often an extremely fragile environment and ask that you please keep to the walking tracks. In addition there is a Cinnamon Fungus problem on parts of Flinders Island which is easily spread to other areas by the transfer of soil, this can be avoided by keeping to the middle of the track and, preferably, walking when it is dry. It is important for walkers to remember that drinking water in this region can be scarce. There are few free-flowing creeks or other sources, so please carry enough water with you or arrange water drops as the water you may find is not safe to drink with out boiling it first.
The unquestioned highlight of walking in this region would be the walk to the top of Strzelecki and back. Allow 5 hours return for this trip of medium difficulty.
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