Flinders Island is located off the mainland of Tasmania on the north-east coast, just a short distance from the Tasmanian and Victorian mainland. Flinders Island offers a great holiday escape with peace and quiet, spectacular beaches and mountain ranges, fine food and plenty of local attractions. Flinders is the largest of 52 islands Furneaux Group. Visitors go to Flinders Island for bushwalking, camping, fishing, rock climbing, surfing, snorkelling or diving or to simply relax. No visit to Flinders Island is complete without fossicking for Killiecrankie diamonds. Visit the Furneuax Museum near Emita just North of the main town of Whitemark to learn about the history of the Furneaux Group of Islands, where relics from shipwrecks and other artifacts are housed in seven buildings that are themselves exhibits.
The rugged pink and grey granite mountain ranges of the Strzelecki National Park are high visible from many parts of Flinders Island, where you can complete one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks to Strzelecki Peak.
Visitors to Flinders Island can go camping, there are excellent options across the Island or even go glamping or relax in luxury at a seaside resort. For a different experience, maybe a stay at a local farm or friendly Bed and Breakfast if your preference. There are a great range of accommodation options on Flinders Island.
Flinders Island is a unique destination offering a refreshing and quite difference holiday experience. Regular flights to Flinders Island leave from Hobart, Launceston, Tasmania or Essendon, Victoria and are operated by Sharp Airlines. Flinders island can also be reached by ferry from Bridport in Tasmania and Port Welshpool in Victoria.
Flinders Island has four main townships. They are Whitemark, Lady Barron, Emita, and Killiecrankie where the majority of the population of Flinders Island reside. The remainder of residents live on farms throughout the centre of the Flinders Island or remote coastal properties. Whitemark is the Island’s main township where you will find shops and services. Flinders Island has a mild oceanic climate moderated by Bass Strait. The summers are drier and less cloudy than the winters, and annual average rainfall totals less than 800 mm. The population in 2011 was 700 people, and with the median age being 45 years.
The main residential and business centre of Flinders Island is Whitemark, where you will find a supermarket, butcher, bakery, cafe, general store, service station. mechanic and Post Office offering banking facilities.
The Flinders Island Visitor Information Centre is located at Flinders Council, next door to the Library and community rose garden,. Whitemark is the cultural hub of Flinders Island with the Flinders Arts & Entertainment Centre and community Art Gallery exhibiting and selling local goods.
When visiting Flinders Island, you can keep fit by walking or cycling the Bluff Track Fitness Trail or play a round of golf at the 9-hole golf course, which has only been parred once in its 40-year history. You can also safely swim in the warm waters of Parrys Bay or fish from the wharf. Drop by the bar at the Interstate Hotel on a Friday night to meet the friendly locals, and enjoy an amazing counter meal!