At Emita, a small coastal settlement on Flinders Island North of Whitemark you will find stunning beaches, sheltered swimming bays, and unique history at the coastal village of Emita on the Island’s west coast. Emita is the start of the Castle Rock Walk, and home of Allports Campground. On the beaches at Emita between outcrops, you can explore a series of stunning swimming beaches, the most popular being Allports Beach. You can go fishing from the beach or shore, or launch your boat from the Port Davies Boat Ramp and head to Prime Seal Island to fish. Take time to visit one of the mutton bird rookeries at dusk at nearby Settlement Point, near Lillies Beach. Emita is home to the historic Wybalenna Aboriginal Settlement, where the Tasmanian Aboriginal population was relocated from mainland Tasmania in 1833.
The Furneaux Museum is also found at Emita, and has on display history of the Furneaux Group of Islands, including Aboriginal and European settlement, shipwrecks, the mutton birding industry, fauna, shells, and the social history of the islanders – be sure to check opening times in advance as t only opens at limited times. The Castle Rock Walk, one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks, takes walkers along the shoreline of Marshall Bay, crossing pristine white sandy beaches and coastal hinterlands on its way to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is a massive granite boulder – this family-friendly walk is, without doubt, one of Australia’s best short coastal walks!
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Emita is located on the West Coast of Flinders Island in the local government area of Flinders in the North-east region of Tasmania. Emita is located about 16 kilometres north-west of Whitemark. As at the 2016 census. Emita had a population of just 68 permanent inhabitants.
Flinders Island can be reached by plane or sea; Sharp Airlines fly from Essendon Airport Melbourne (1-hour), from Launceston (35 mins) or from Hobart (1-hour). There is a shuttle service available for the short drive between the airport and Whitemark. You can also hire a car Whitemark, or a campervan or bicycle to get around the island. Please note there is no public transport on Flinders Island, so you will need some form of transport to get around. There is a weekly barge service operated by Furneaux Freight that travels between Bridport and Lady Barron which allows you to bring your own car, campervan, motorbike or bike to the island. Where possible, please avoid driving at night. You are sharing the roads with a large amount of native wildlife, so take it carefully, drive slowly to the conditions and watch out for animals on roads including wombats and wallabies.