5 reasons to visit Flinders Island, Tasmania

A little wombat joey named Derek has captured the hearts of thousands. Photographer and Friend of Australia Sean Scott filmed Derek while on a trip to Flinders Island in Tasmania and posted the video to Facebook, gaining Derek, and his home of Flinders Island, international attention. Find out more about what you can do on Flinders Island. 5 reasons to visit Flinders Island, Tasmania
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5 Reasons To Visit Flinders Island, Tasmania

A little wombat joey named Derek has captured the hearts of thousands. Photographer and Friend of Australia Sean Scott filmed Derek while on a trip to Flinders Island in Tasmania and posted the video to Facebook, gaining Derek, and his home of Flinders Island, international attention.


Flinders Island, located off mainland Tasmania's North East Coast, is part of the Furneaux group of islands that stretch across Bass Strait between Tasmania and mainland Australia.

Now a social media star, Derek has shone a spotlight on Flinders Island and if you're thinking about paying the little wombat and the island a visit, there's plenty to see and do there. Take a break from the world and enjoy what Flinders Island has to offer – explore the rugged mountain ranges, fossick for Killiecrankie diamonds, relax on pristine beaches and interact with unique Australian wildlife.

Derek the wombat
Trousers Point Beach
Flinders Island, Tasmania

Courtesy of Sean Scott

Explore Flinders Island's natural wonders

On Foot 

Conquer Mt Strzelecki: Set aside a day for this one as it’s a four to five-hour walk to the top, but the views are well worth it. Along the way, you'll also meet local wildlife like the long-nosed potoroo (part of the rat-kangaroo family), the endangered forty-spotted pardolate (one of the smallest birds in Australia) and the rare ‘burrowing crayfish’, which can be found in creeks higher up in the range. 

Trousers Point Walk: This walk is within the Strzelecki National Park, and is a one and a half hour circuit. You leave from Whitemark, the main town and journey south through the rocky headland, sand dunes, ridges and flats. Trousers Point Beach (aside from being Derek's playground) is also a great place to swim, snorkel, stroll on the beach or picnic at Fotheringate Beach.

Castle Rock Walk: Castle rock is a massive granite boulder at Marshall Beach, and is a great point of interest along the one and a half hour circuit beach walk. This is an easier walk than Trousers Point, with no steep sections and relaxed walking along the sandy coastline.

In the Water

Booking a diving tour is the perfect way to get a good look at the amazing marine wildlife in the waters of Flinders Island. Fish, dolphins and seals make up the underwater paradise, and seeing first hand the exquisite colours of the marine environment, feeling the invigoration of the cold water on your skin and being just centimeters (inches) away from beautiful dolphins will be an unforgettable experience. 

North East River is a favourite for fishing and you can also book a Rockjaw Tour to catch the famous Flinders Island crayfish.

Also try: 4WD fishing and an island BBQ lunch or a round of golf overlooking the beautiful scenery at the Flinders Island Sports Club

Tip of the point at Killiecrankie Beach

Learn the History of Flinders Island

Flinders Island’s history is almost as raw and rugged as its weathered coast. If you want to learn a little more about the Island and it's history, the  Furneaux Museum is filled with relics from shipwrecks and other artefacts. Wybalena is one of Flinders Island's richest historic sites and is a must for those who enjoy stories of the past, including learning about the local Aboriginal community and its customs.  

Also try: search for Killiecrankie Diamonds in Mines Creek and Diamond Creek.  

 

Interact with Flinders Island's Wildlife

Flinders Island is the home of birds, birds and more birds. From November to April, you can position yourself at the viewing platform in Port Davies to watch the Mutton-Birds fly at dusk. Year-round you'll also see seabirds like albatross, pacific gulls and shearwaters, raptors such as swamp harriers, wedge-tail eagles and sea eagles and the Cape Barren Geese. 

As far as marsupials go, Flinders Island is home to 200,000 red-necked wallabies and Tasmanian pademelons, so there's a good chance you'll spot a few of these on the island, along with other wallabies and wombats. 

Wallabies on Flinders Island, Tasmania

Sleep Over On the Island

Not only are there are a range of conventional accommodation options on Flinders Island including  seaside cabins, such as West End Beach House and Cabin, Airbnb properties and country bed and breakfasts such as the Bluff House Inn or Partridge Farm, but there is also the opportunity to camp in the wilderness on Flinders Island. Take your Australian visit to the next level and immerse yourself in a unique natural experience by sleeping under the stars. 

Also try: Base yourself in the small towns of Whitemark and Lady Barron or the settlements of Emita and Killiecrankie.

 

Food and Wine

Pay a visit to Unavale Vineyard, the small local vineyard producing boutique wines. It's the only winery on the Bass Strait islands and this award winning vineyard runs on island time so if the owners are at home then the cellar door is open.

Flinders Island is also home to a wide range of locally grown and sourced fresh procuce. You can shop this produce at Flinders Fresh and while you're on a food tour of the Island, sample some of the Island's famous (and delicious) Saltgrass Lamb from Flinders Island Meats

The Docks, Flinders Island, Tasmania

LOCAL SECRET:

A hidden secret loved by Tasmanian locals is The Docks. A little visited, boulder strewn beach and one of the most beautiful pieces of coastline with views south to the seaward side of Mt Killiecrankie and north along Limestone Beach.  

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