The three main things to consider when deciding when to go are What to Do, Weather and Wind. On Flinders Island there are activites that are enjoyable all year round, walking, fishing, birdwatching, beachcombing, gem fossicking, photography, with plenty of beaches you’ll be assured you can find a sheltered beach to call your own. The climate of this region is generally mild as the sea has a moderating effect protecting the islands from extremes of temperature. Winds are predominantly westerlies and can blow unabated for several days during late winter and spring, with cooling sea breezes during the summer months.
to make your visit to Flinders as enjoyable as possible:
If travelling to Flinders during the summer months especially the Christmas and New Year period or Show time (3rd Friday in October) book accommodation and car rental as early as possible. 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.
Flinders has a relaxed pace of life and locals tend to spend weekends enjoying the natural surroundings with family and friends, if you are arriving Sunday book a table at the Shearwater Restaurant Furneaux Tavern or at Chappells Restaurant, Vistas on Trousers or come prepared as there are no meals in Whitemark and the only supermarket open is in Lady Barron so best to arrange with your accommodation to have some provisions bought for you in advance. See ‘Business Opening Hours’ to help plan your dining and shopping options. (link to PDF of opening hours)
Book a table for meals just to make sure you dont have to wait to long.
Our freight boat arrives once a week on a Tuesday.
The preferred transport option is securing a hire car as there is only one taxi and airport shuttle service.
The Flinders Island Annual Golf Tournament is held during the June long weekend and attracts golfers from all over Australia.
In August there is the Flinders 5 Running Festival featuring the 5km fun run/walk and for the more serious runner there is a half marathon.
The middle of October sees the annual event of the Flinders Island Show, with both local and off-island exhibitors.
The Emita Sports are held every year in early January. This is a fun-filled day for the whole family followed by a barbeque of local .
Another early January event is the Music in the Vines which is a great day out for all. There’s music, food and wine…what more do you need?? The day is held at Unavale Vineyard at Badger Corner.
Other annual events: Australia Day, Anzac Day, Diggers’ Day Golf Tournament, Music on the Green
Local produce is well represented at the supermarkets in both Lady Barron and Whitemark. Muttonbirds and fresh fish are available from Flinders Island Meats the butcher in season.
Hunting and gathering is a way of life here on Flinders and the traditions are handed down through the generations of Straitsmen, for some locals on the Island there are only four seasons, Wild duck, Mutton bird, Brown Quail and Southern Rock Lobster (crayfish). Fishing occurs all year round and bag limits apply call in to Service Tasmania to purchase a license to catch and take home a taste of what Flinders Island has to offer.
Wild Duck season begins on the March long weekend and closes on the first weekend in June.
Muttonbird amateur season opens the last weekend in March and continues for two more weekends.
Brown Quail season begins the first weekend in May and closes the first weekend in June.
Southern Rock Lobster season begins on the long weekend in November and closes in September.
Killiecrankie Enterprises sell cooked or live crayfish during most of the season. In order for the crayfish to be fresh as possible please order in advance – at least a day before it is required.