Arrive at Flinders Island airport to a friendly greeting, and an awaiting rental car.
For information on how to get to Flinders Island click here.
Whitemark, the island’s largest settlement, is often the first stop to grab supplies, a handy visitors map, and even the odd tidbit of local advice on how best to explore the island.
Don't go further until you've stopped by A Taste of Flinders, their cafe providore is a showcase of local produce that is of a rare quality found anywhere in the world. Transition to 'island time' and watch the world and local characters go by over coffee or something to eat, and peruse artworks crated by local artist Maria LaGrue.
A favourite day trip suggested by locals is to start your day in Lady Barron (20 minutes from Whitemark) - visit the port area or walk to Yellow Beach. Drive north to Cameron Inlet, the perfect example of Flinder’s renowned wetlands, waterbirds and remote beaches. Visit the Patriarchs to the east then follow Lees Road to Patriarch Wildlife Sanctuary.
This evening Island Quarters have your accommodation needs covered with modern and spacious one bedroom self contained sanctuaries in the heart of Whitemark. A stone's throw from all facilities, this is the place to stay & play.
From Whitemark, head north to Killiecrankie for a classic adventure hunting for ‘Killiecrankie Diamonds’. BUT, before you do, hire a sieve and shovel from local store Killiecrankie Enterprises and you could be taking home a topaz as blue as the waters that surround the island.
On the way discover the often untold story of Flinders Island’s indigenous past at Wybalenna. The graveyard contains unmarked aboriginal graves along with graves of some of the first European settlers. This captivating story is also recorded in the Aboriginal room of the Furneaux Museum located nearby at Emita which also houses relics from shipwrecks amongst other artefacts.
If you are up for walking off the decadent local produce you've devoured, Castle Rock is one of Tasmania's Great Short Walks and departs from nearby Allport Beach. A 2.5 hour return trek the walk will have you crossing stunning coastal hinterlands culminating at the massive boulder fondly know as Castle Rock.
At Killiecrankie, drop into the local café ‘Deep Bite’ to get equipped for the diamond hunt, and for a bite to eat, or opt to grab on the go and stop for some time out at the picnic area.
Spend the afternoon relaxing in and around the township or fossick amongst the granite boulders dotted near Diamond Gully at the northern end of the Bay.
The team from A Taste of Flinders come up with the goods again but tonight in terms of offering up The Cray Shack, a refurbished beach house located in Killiecrankie. Featuring a larder serviced by the providore or hosted meals upon request, your Flinders dinner feast is all but taken care of. Pause. Listen. Reconnect. This accommodation achieves all that and more.
This morning check out early to check in with nature at it's finest - From Killiekrankie drive to Walkers Lookout and view the sun rising or take an early morning beach walk near Whitemark.
Alternatively, join a half day fishing adventure with Rockjaw Tours and cast a line from up to four spectacular beaches on the isle. Feed your curiously and your hunger with some of the local catch of the day for lunch.
Head south to Trousers Point – swim, snorkel or stroll on the beach. Picnic at Trousers Point or Fotheringate Beach.
For the adventurous there is the challenge of conquering Mt Strzelecki. Large granite massifs of Strzelecki National Park dominate the southern part of Flinders Island and offer amazing views. 4 to 5 hours return walk.
Make your way to Whitemark in readiness for your return home. Flights depart for Melbourne and Launceston late afternoon.