* The only telecommunications carrier on the island is Telstra – your phone will not have reception if you are with Optus, Vodafone or Virgin or any others! Sim cards and phones are available from Bowmans Store or Lady Barron Store.
* If travelling here around show time (3rd Friday in October) and Christmas make sure you book early
* Book accommodation early in summer months
* Book a table for meals just to make sure you dont have to wait too long.
* There’s a baggage limit of 15kg with Sharp Airlines so if you think you need to bring over extra baggage phone the airline before hand.
* If you are arriving Sunday there are no meals in Whitemark and the supermarket isn’t open so you will need to arrange with your accommodation to have some provisions bought for you in advance.
* The Furneaux Tavern in Lady Barron is open 7 days for meals – opening times are dependent on season.
* Our freight boat arrives once a week – usually on a Tuesday but is dependent on the weather.
* You will need to hire a car or arrange a taxi or shuttle as there is no public transport
* The Southern Rock Lobster (crayfish) season begins on 15th November and closes in September. Killiecrankie Enterprises sell cooked or live crayfish during the season. In order for the crayfish to be fresh as possible please order in advance – at least a day before it is required.
It is a way of life on Flinders Island to randomly wave at passers by, a unique way of life you are invited into when you visit Flinders Island.
It’s such an accepted part of our lifestyle, a simple thing, but a gesture, a signal that we are friends and are friendly. Tourists find it strange to start with but quickly warm to it and often say how, when they return home they start waving to passing traffic, only to get a glare or a look saying,” did you see that fruit loop waving at us”. As residents we have all done it ourselves when we pick up a rental car in the big city and drive off down the road. And yes we are sometimes guilty of leaving the rental car unlocked with the keys in overnight.
But what’s a Flinders Island Wave?? It’s a very demonstrative body signal. Check it out next time – here are the variations.
You are driving along, one hand on the wheel and you see an oncoming vehicle. The other hand goes on the wheel, so you can get ready to wave.
The busy truck driver lifts one finger. That’s good enough.
You like the person approaching, your right hand leaves the wheel and you wave horizontally with enthusiasm.
You haven’t seen the person for a while; the index finger is extended to point meaning its good to see you.
The truck driver in the older truck with the big steering wheel already has his arms outstretched, so the whole palm is raised in a flat sort of motion.
Two fisherman passing, both hands come off the wheel and the knee holds it in place whilst your two hands show the size of the salmon going up the river.
You had a big night at the pub with someone the night before, that’s a big thumbs up occasion.
You don’t like someone, all that is raised in the last joint of the index finger, hoping they really didn’t see it.
The “see you at the pub gesture”, that is the raised right had in the drinking motion.
Then there is the rapid signalling to one side, meaning STOP, I NEED TO TALK TO YOU!!
And what about when you pass, a sideways wave and then a wave in the mirror to make sure they saw it.
How about when both front seat occupants wave, which is really confusing isn’t it, after all isn’t it the prerogative of the driver to control the selection of wave style for the oncoming vehicle?