FLINDERS ISLAND

FLINDERS ISLAND EXPLORER

4 Days $2900 ex Melbourne

Accommodation

3 Night Hotel

Transportation

On foot and bicycle

Included Meals

3 Breakfasts
4 Lunches
3 Dinners

Trip Grade

Category 3
High Heart Rate Holiday

Of the 100 islands that make up the Furneux group in Bass Strait, Flinders Island is by far the largest, extending 70 kilometres from north to south and nearly 40 kilometres east to west. Its rugged and mountainous landscape is inhabited by 700 people and has a human history extending back 35000 years.

Open for only 8 people maximum per group and with only a handful of departures this summer, please do not hesitate in booking if you want a great 4 days away.

Flinders Island has adopted a renewable energy policy. On an average day, Flinders Island produces approximately 60% of its energy through solar and wind. On particularly windy and sunny days, the island produces 100% of its energy via these renewable sources.

The first Aboriginal settlements on Flinders Island date back 35000 years when there was a land bridge between mainland Australia and Tasmania. However, human settlement of the island disappeared about 4500 years ago after what is believed to be a particularly dry El Nino.

Flinders Island is the largest island in the Furneux group of islands that lies in Bass Strait off the north-west coast of Tasmania. The island itself was the second manned colony after Sydney and has a rich and tortured history matched only by its incredible landscape.

Our 4-day trip is action-packed with a day of bike riding (ending in a winery can you believe it?), 1 coastal trek and 2 mountain treks. There will be some time for yourself as well at our great accommodation right on the beach. 

Each evening we will dine on local produce, either at our accommodation or nearby classics, such as the Flinders island Wharf or the Interstate Pub.

We can do all this as we are chartering our own aircraft to ensure we get to Flinders Island as early as possible and home as late as possible. Our flight will take us over Wilsons Prom for some incredible sights as well.

This trip is open to a maximum of 8 guests, so please do not hesitate if you are looking for a unique weekend away.

The Journey

We will take an early morning Charter Flight from Melbourne to Flinders Island. We will head into Whitemark, the main town of Flinders Island for a morning tea and then head off to our accommodation to drop our bags off before heading off on our first trek. Today we will do a coastal walk at the famed Killicrankie, taking in some of the best coastal terrain on the island. We may even find a Killicrankie “diamond” on the beach. 

From Killicrankie, if time permits, we will head to Palana which is the northernmost tip of the island before heading back to our accommodation for a BBQ dinner, a few drinks and rest up for our day of riding tomorrow.  (L,D)

Few would believe that Flinders Island has a winery, but it does. An that will be our final destination today as we set off on a wonderful off the beaten track cycle, taking in glorious views of the Flinders Island mountain ranges and coast. We will have an opportunity to swim today, so be sure to bring your bathers.

Finally, we will have a wonderful gourmet lunch at Unavale Winery, sample their wine and maybe buy a bottle or two. We will be back our accommodation at around 3pm where we will have free time for a walk, a read and freshen up before heading off for dinner at the Flinders Wharf. (B,L,D)

Today we head into the mountains and take on the island’s highest peak, Mt Strzelecki. Standing at over 700 meters, this imposing mountain is a great trek. There are some tough sections and a little bit of scrambling near the plateau at the top is required, but the views are incredible. One can see all the way to Tasmania and Cape Barren Island to the south. We will set up a lovely picnic lunch up here before heading back to the road and a short drive to Trouser Point.

Trouser Point is considered one of the best beaches on the planet. Its sweeping bay, crystal clear waters and Mt Strzelecki in the background, the point is a wonderful place for a walk and a freshen up. The perfect end to a great day.

We will head back to our accommodation for a freshen up before heading out for a typical pub meal at the Flinders Island Interstate Pub. (B,L,D)

The adventure is not over yet. Flinders Island has another smaller range called the Darling Range. While not quite as high as Mt Strzelecki, the views from the Darling Range are wonderful, as they take in both coastlines and the Strzelecki Range as well in one gorgeous sweeping landscape. Once again we will have a picnic lunch on her summit before heading back to our accommodation for a freshen up and our afternoon flight back to Melbourne. (B,L)

A Few Important Notes

Private Expeditions: If our dates don’t suit and you have a group of 6 to 8, we can run this expedition on any date you wish.

Best time to travel? From mid-October to mid-May, however, we suggest avoiding the Christmas School Holidays so Christmas until mid-February can be hot and busy.

I first discovered Flinders Island on a sailing journey from Victoria to Tasmania. I thought the water and beaches were incredible and it had a rugged mountain range which is always attractive. So I returned to discover that Flinders Island has so much to offer those that love nature and love food (a marriage made in heaven). I just know you will love Flinders Island and what we have to offer there.

Pete Miller
Guide

Includes

  • Very comfortable accommodation throughout
  • All meals
  • All transfers
  • Bike and helmet hire
  • Guided tours on each section
  • Flight from Melbourne return

Excludes

  • Insurance

Flinders Island was originally called Great Island (by Flinders himself), but it was changed to Flinders Island in the early 1800’s. It is named after the English sea captain Matthew Flinders, who charted much of the waters around the islands and named many of the islands. Flinders named Mt Chappell Island after his loving wife Anne Chappell.

What's the Accommodation Like on Flinders Island?

Our accommodation is Sawyer Bay Shacks. It consists of two very well appointed beach “shacks” one with 3 bedrooms and 1 with 2 bedrooms. We have provision for 3 twin rooms and 2 double rooms.

How are we getting to Flinders Island?

Transportation to Flinders Island will be via Charter Flight from Moorabbin Airport. We use Vortex Charters who are a reputable company that fly Bass Strait on a regular basis. As it is a light aircraft we ask all guests to limit their luggage to 15kg.

Flights will depart at around 8 am on Day 1 and return at around 5 pm on Day 4.

On the island, we will use minibuses to get to and from trail heads.

One of our passions is food so we think you will love the food on offer.

Flinders Island is home to some of the freshest ingredients on the planet and as such we know you are going to love the food on the island. We will mix it up a bit, with fresh breakfasts and lunches either at our accommodation or while we are hiking and biking and in the evenings we will check out some local fare including the iconic Interstate Pub.

PS If you have any dietary requirements just let us know we can provide what you need.

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