- By Land
- By Sea
- Culture & Heritage
Are you ready to get away from it all and experience the adventure of a lifetime? When you set foot on Flinders Island you step into an awe-inspiring world of sparkling beaches, rugged ranges, abundant wildlife, flora and clear sapphire waters. Discover the jagged mountains that jut from the wild ocean like giant sea creatures proudly presenting their bounty to all and sundry. These remarkable ‘mountains in the sea’ offer a rare experience you won’t find anywhere else on earth.
With a pleasant climate throughout the year and activities such as boating, fishing, exploring historic sites and tasting local delights, Flinders will leave you refreshed, rejuvenated and returning for more.
As the main island of the Furneaux region Flinders is one of those rare places that really does offer something for every explorer, whatever their age or ability. From photographing wildlife, chasing marlin and combing the beaches for treasures to abseiling down the steep granite cliffs. Much of the region is still exactly as Matthew Flinders found it when he first explored this area 200 years ago. It’s easy to imagine walking back through the centuries as you explore our islands, beaches, mountains and plains.
We welcome all explorers to our region – and ask only that you tread lightly as you travel about this impressive but fragile environment.
Everything's literally at your doorstep from walking adventures, wildlife and wildflowers to diamond fossicking, fishing and feeding on some of the world's best produce. What are you waiting for? Come play!
The region is ideally suited to eco-tourism and other low impact activities such as bird watching, photography and simply enjoying the natural surroundings.
Succulent abalone is hand plucked from the ocean, giant crayfish practically land on your lap while plump lamb, beef, wallaby, seasonal fruits, veggies, honey and boutique wines are the envy of the world. Whether it’s the natural bounty or the prized salt-grass pastures, it’s a gastronome’s heaven on earth.
The island is filled with local characters willing to show you every nook and cranny of this stunning island. Not only will you see Flinders in all its raw beauty, you'll also gain a true insight into the life of an islander... usually over a few drinks. Chances are you'll make a friend for life.
Flinders is a veritable treasure chest filled with exotic marine life. You'll find everything from migratory sea birds, dolphins, seals and gannets to shearwaters, abalone and crayfish. For the adventurous there's scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, boat charters, surfing and just about anything else you can do in, on or under the water.
The history of Flinders Island begins with the Tasmanian Aboriginal People who were the first residents 35,000 or more years ago. About 9,000 to 4,000 years ago for reasons uncertain the Tasmanian Aboriginals ceased to be full time occupants of the Furneaux Group of which Flinders is the largest island. The next human contact was then Tobias Furneaux discovered the islands in 1773. However he did not land on any of the islands. In 1797 the merchant vessel "Sydney Cove", en route from Calcutta to the fledgling colony at Port Jackson, was beached off Preservation Island, south of Cape Barren Island.
The climate for this region is generally mild as the sea has a moderating effect protecting the islands from extreme temperatures. Winds are predominantly westerly and can blow unabated for several days during late winter and spring, with cooling sea breezes during the summer months.