We are pleased to provide you with this 7-night suggested camping itinerary for Flinders Island. It’s a great camping destination, it’s all free, the distances to travel aren’t great and the scenery and settings are simply amazing! There are, however, a couple of points to note including transport. You need a vehicle to get around Flinders Island, there is no public transport or taxi service. There are two car rental companies on Flinders Island – Flinders Island Car Rental and Flinders Island Caravan Park. Flinders Island Car Rental has campervans, however, if you are happy to take your tent, sleeping bag, and basic camping equipment a hire car will suffice. This itinerary assumes you will be camping in a tent. Please also note, you can take your car or campervan to Flinders Island on the barge that leaves from Bridport in North East Tasmania. However, please note that the logistics can be tricky – travel is dependent on times and weather conditions, and the service is quite basic – for example, you need to stay in your vehicle for the entirety of the 8-10 hour journey. The barge will deliver you to Lady Barron in the South of the Island. The most popular way of getting to Flinders Island is by plane with Sharp Airlines from either Launceston, Hobart of Essendon Airport in Victoria.
We are going to assume for this FLinders Island Camping itinerary that you are flying into Whitemark.
- Trousers Point Campground
For the first 2 nights, we recommend you grab some provisions from the local IGA store in Whitemark, also a coffee and pastries from the Whitemark Bakery, and head straight to Trousers Point in the Strzelecki National Park. The scenery is stunning – the camping area isn’t massive but you should find a spot to pitch your tent. Do the Trousers Point short coastal walk, swim, sunbather, walk around the bay, or go fishing. Or relax and read a book.
- Camping Patriarchs Wildlife Sanctuary Flinders Island
Leave Trousers Point and head south to the town of Lady Barron. It’s only a short, but very picturesque drive. Explore Lady Barron, maybe lunch at the Furneaux Tavern. There is a small store in Lady Barron, so grab some fresh milk or bread and other supplies. There is a small, and very picturesque camping at Yellow Beach Campground Lady Barron, however, it is only suited to camping in vehicles. Spend a night here if you have a campervan. From Lady Barron, head North East to the Patriarchs Wildlife Sanctuary campsite. The road from Lady Barron to the turnoff to this campground is bitumen, but a significant section of the road is gravel – simply take care. The drive is only 35-45 minutes – take your time and make sure you have your camera ready along the way – there is some beautiful birdlife in this part of Flinders Island. We recommend 1 night here, at dusk and again at dawn, you will have lots of local furry friends to keep you company – please don’t touch or feed the native wildlife.
- Lillies Bay Campground
From Patriarchs, head almost due West to the coastal campground at Lillies Bay. We love this campground, the facilities are extremely basic (a long drop toilet only) but it’s big, and beautifully located right alongside the water. Again, you can swim, fish, kayak, or walk along the beach. The drive from Patriarchs to Lillies Bay will take you less than 1-hour.
- Allports Campground
From Lillies Bay, we recommend your next night is at Allports Beach, which is only a very short drive away at Emita. If preferred, you could spend 2 nights at either campground – Lillies Bay is bigger, but Allports is home to the start of the sensational Castle Rock Walk – you must complete this relatively short 2-3 hour walk, it’s spectacular. Make sure you also visit the Furneaux Museum, noting however it doesn’t open every day – check with local guides.
- North East River Campground – For the last 2 nights, we recommend you head to what we think is one of the jewels in the Flinders Island crown – North East River. Apart from great camping, North East River offers jaw-dropping coastal views, a plethora of birdlife, and some of the best river and sea fishing in Tasmania. You’ll need 2 nights at North East River, and may never want to leave! The drive from Allports to North East River campsite is less than 40-kilometres, However, after you pack up at Allporets get on the road early and go via Killiecrankie, it’s a great side trip. If you have plenty of time, consider a night at the Killiecrankie Campground. It’s privately operated and will incur a small fee.