Flinders Island Explorer
Why we love this trip!
- We get to trek some of Flinders Island's rugged peaks, with incredible views of Bass Strait as we eat locally sourced lunches.
- We will access off the beaten track parts of Flinders Island by bike, ending up in the wonderful Unavale Vineyard for lunch.
- Our accommodation is right on the water so we can take a dip, watch the sun go down and the stars come out.
- Flinders Island has some of the best coastlines on the planet and one of the best beaches in the world, all ours to explore.
- All our food will be locally sourced so you will get to taste the island as well. Oh, and wine is included.
- This is a fully guided and chaperoned trip so you don't have to worry about a thing.
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 1 departure this summer, please do not hesitate in booking if you want a great 4 days away.
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 days 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 classic, 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.
Day 1: Fly Melbourne to Whitemark, Flinders Island
Day 2: Cycle backroads of Flinders island
Day 3: Mt Strezleki Summit Trek
Day 4: Trek the Darling Range and then fly home
Note: Actual activities will depend on the weather on the day.
Day 1: 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)
Day 2: 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)
Day 3: 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)
Day 4: 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)
Accommodation: 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.
Transportation: 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 8am on Day 1 and return at around 5pm Day 4.
On the island, we will use minibuses to get to and from trail heads.
- Very comfortable accommodation throughout
- All meals
- All transfers
- Bike and helmet hire
- Guided tours on each section
- Flight from Melbourne return