Overlooking Parry's Bay, Whitemark has a rich and fascinating past, with stories of life in a remote and sometimes harsh environment. Whitemark is the main settlement on Flinders Island and with a population of around 150 makes for a perfect holiday getaway - and there's lots to do in Whitemark. Strzelecki National Park, with its beautiful sheltered beaches is popular for camping, fishing and diving and there are great walks with spectacular island views - wildlife abounds.
The island has a rich history and sometimes dark past. In the island's north is the Wybalenna Historic Site where the graveyard contains unmarked aboriginal graves along with those of some of the first European settlers. In 1834, the government settled one hundred and thirty five Aboriginals from the mainland on Flinders Island where they were to be 'civilised and Christianised'. Warning - this place is a bit sad.
Whitemark has places to eat, drink and stay and is the departure point for scenic cruises by air or sea. Accommodation ranges from holiday cabins and self-contained cottages to rooms at the Interstate Hotel.
Regular flights to Whitemark leave from Launceston or Essendon, Victoria. You can also reach Flinders Island by ferry from Bridport in Tasmania and Port Welshpool in Victoria.