Whitemark is the main town on Flinders Island, in the Australian state of Tasmania and located centrally on the East Coast of the Island. The main airport on Flinders Island is located at Whitemark. Whitemark is only very small, in fact, the whole population of Flinders Island is only around 500 permanent inhabitants. Whitemark has a local pub – the Flinders Island Interstate Hotel, a small IGA supermarket, a post office, Bendigo Bank, a bakery, a 24-hour self-service petrol station, a mechanic, a library, and basic Government services, as well as small local produce businesses. The Flinders Wharf restaurant and microbrewery is a fairly new addition to the Flinders Island and Whitemark food scene. There is a 9-hole golf course and bowls club located in Whitemark, and that offers meals and welcomes visitors.
The Strzelecki Peaksdominate the southern part of Flinders Island, being the highest part of the Strzelecki National Park. Walkers from Tasmania, mainland Australia and around the world come to Flinders Island to walk Mt Strzelecki, providing walkers with amazing views across Bass Strait and as far as the mainland of Tasmania. The first part of the walk is a steep uphill section that starts at an elevation of 20m, and climbs through ferns, she-oak stands, and heath to a total of 756m abve sea level. The Mount Strzelecki walk involves plenty of physical exertion, however, technically it is not that difficult. This walk is one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks, and one of three such walks on Flinders Island. The others are Trousers Point and Castle Rock. Your reward for this 4-5 hour return walk is stunning views over the many bays of Flinders Island. Head further north to the spectacular small settlements of Palana and Killiecrankie.
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.