FLINDERS ISLAND is a picturesque island off the NORTH EAST coast of Tasmania. Critically you have to fly into Flinders Island, as it is isolated from the rest of Tasmania. However, it has abundant natural attractions and wildlife, plus the Strzelecki National Park. Best of all it has a very relaxed lifestyle, where people don't even bother to lock their cars. The facilities are located in the towns of Whitemark and Lady Barron. There is lots of accommodation on Flinders Island.
You can fly into Flinders Island from regional airports in Melbourne, Victoria, from Adelaide in South Australia and from LAUNCESTON in Tasmania. There is also a ferry service from BRIDPORT, although in 2011 the future of this service was in doubt. There are airports on Flinders Island at both WHITEMARK and LADY BARRON. Most flights land at Whitemark.
FACILITIES: There are shops, cafes, hotels and a petrol pump at both Whitemark and at Lady Barron. There are many accommodation places on FLINDERS ISLAND.
TOURIST information telephone (03) 6359 5002 or the contact is www.visitflindersisland.com.au Alternatively you can contact www.flinders.tas.gov.au
FLINDERS ISLAND ADVENTURES offer fishing, walking and driving activities: (03) 6359 4507
AIR LINES: The following fly to Flinders island from the named air ports:
From LAUNCESTON, from ADELAIDE Airport and from AVALON Airport west of MELBOURNE the Internet contact is www.sharpairlines.com.au or 1300 556 694
From TOORADIN Airport east of MELBOURNE the contact is www.ausairservices.com.au or the telephone number is (03) 5998 3711
From MOORABBIN Airport in eastern MELBOURNE the contact is www.kirkhopeaviation.com.au and the telephone is 0418 379 263
SIGHTS: There is a lot to see on Flinders Island including mountains, beaches, wildlife sanctuaries and even a mutton bird island. The island boasts a relaxed, friendly life style, where people don't even bother to lock their cars and everyone knows everyone else's business. The attractions include the:
STRZELECKI National Park is in south east corner of the island. This is a large area surrounding Mt Strzelecki. There are great views from the peak and abundant wild life in the park. However, climbing the peak is for experienced walkers.
TROUSERS POINT and FOTHINGATE BAY are great beaches to the west of the Strzelecki National Park.
LOGAN LAGOON Wild Life Sanctuary is just east of Lady Barron.
LACKRANA Wild Life Sanctuary is to the east of Whitemark.
WYBALENNA Wild Life Sanctuary and historic site is near Emita.
WINGAROO Nature Reserve is north of Emita.
BABEL ISLAND and INNER SISTER islands are mutton bird reserves and can be visited by tour boats from Lady Barron and Whitemark.
LIGHT HOUSES at Cat Island in the east and Stanley Point in the north.
ROUTES: On the west coast of Flinders Island is B85 which connects the major towns of Lady Barron, Whitemark and Emita. Most of the sights of the Island diverge from B85.
Inland to the east of the Island is the gravel road C803 which takes you to some locations on the eastern side of the island.
WARNING: Flinders Island is a very windy and rainy place. Walkers are strongly advised to check the weather forecast before leaving, as a sudden change in the weather could find you in a very difficult situation.
- FLINDERS ISLAND
1/ Flinders Island is a large island off the north east coast of Tasmania. Whitemark is the largest of two small towns on Flinders Island. It has a small port and an air field.
2/ This photo looks South past the air field to the distant Strzelecki Mountains of Flinders Island.
3/ A trawler at sunset exemplifies the aura of peacefulness that dominates Flinders Island.
4/ A gap in the rocks looks across Fotheringate Bay to the distant Strzelecki Mountains. Flinders Island has many beautiful bays and beaches.
5/ The bay shows the red rocks that are common to the east coast of Tasmania and Flinders Island.
6/ This rounded boulder is called Castle Rock. It lies at Marshal Bay on the west coast of Flinders Island. It has been shaped by strong winds over thousands of years.
7/ This shows a lovely lagoon near Fotheringate Bay.
8/ This old pier also has a timeless quality about it. It shows the peacefulness that Flinders Island exudes.
9/ This shows the North East River Mouth at Wingaroo Nature Reserve at sunset. Note how large the sand area is in this section of the beach. There are a number of lovely beaches on Flinders Island.
10/ An iconic view of the Strzelecki Ranges taken from Trouser's Point. Note the white sands and clear water that are the icons of Flinders Island.
11/ A small tender lies beached. Note how green the grass is on Flinders Island reflecting the heavy rainfall.
12/ These rock cairns have been made for fun. However, similar cairns are often used to mark tracks. Note the wind swept bushes on the hill behind.
13/ This is a clump of paper bark trees nestled in a swamp. Flinders Island shows a wide variety of vegetation.