Discover Flinders Island
I decided to spend two nights and two days on Flinders Island. Flinders Island is one of 52 islands in the Furneaux Group dotted across Bass Strait. Flinders Island is spectacularly wild and rugged and the people are warm and welcoming, and like the island's location, my experience was truly unique.
Everywhere I turned I found something mouth watering and jaw dropping, often at the same time – from the fresh food, local markets and exquisite wines to the stunning landscape, exotic wildlife and intriguing locals who’ll share stories that’ll inspire you to write your own.
With my camera and recorder in hand I stepped onto Sharp Airlines excited for my adventure. Getting to Flinders Island was part of the fun as the 35 minute flight from Launceston Airport to Flinders Island was more like a scenic flight. As soon as I arrived at Flinders Island I stepped into a world of sparkling beaches, rugged ranges, abundant wildlife, flora and clear waters.
The friendly team at Flinders Island Car Rentals met me on arrival at Whitemark Airport (Flinders Island) and provided me with a Toyota to allow me to explore the Island. With no public transport, securing a rental vehicle gave me the freedom to discover the island at my own pace.
My Flinders Island Itinerary
Arrived at Flinders Island Saturday March 2nd 2019
I met Rowena and Justin Nicholls from Flinders Island Car Hire.
Jana Monnone gave me a guided tour of The Flinders Wharf. The Flinders Wharf is a brand new concept designed to showcase the very best of Flinders Island.
I visited the Strait Works Gallery Whitemark, where I checked out a local art exhibition put together by three local ladies. Following the exhibition I enjoyed a coffee and a bacon and egg sandwich at Flinders Island Bakery Cafe.
I drove to ‘Brymworth Farm’ Lughrata where I enjoyed lunch with Sophie Pitchford the ‘Garlic lady'. Brymworth Farm is located just north of Emita on the west coast of Flinders Island. It is a small family farm owned by Mark & Sophie Pitchford. The inspiration of growing organic garlic stemmed from the Wild Elephant Garlic that grows so profusely on the island. Motivated by the desire to be self-sufficient, Brymworth Farm has evolved into a viable business built up over the last eleven years.
I met Kate Mooney, 'Wombat Lady'. 243 Fairhaven Road, Flinders Island. For the past twenty years Kate has played Mum to Flinders orphaned wombats.
I then made my way to The Patriarch Wildlife Sanctuary located on the east cost of Flinders Island. Not only can you camp at The Patriarch Wildlife Sanctuary, you can also observe wildlife close-up.
I enjoyed dinner at Furneaux Tavern at Lady Barron. Wonderful food and views.
Saturday night I stayed at Echo Hills Cottage. Echo Hills is a secluded and tastefully appointed four bedroom, self contained cottage nestled at the foot of the Darling Ranges. The cottage sleeps up to eight people offering a variety of sleep arrangements with queen, double and single beds on offer. This charming cottage offers country style living with expanded views over the neighbouring farmland with the Patriach Hills and Babel Island as a back drop. When I arrived my hosts (The Klug Family) were baking fresh bread, which I enjoyed the following morning. The Klug Family were very welcoming and were pleased to offer me help at anytime.
Sunday 3rd March 2019
I met ‘KR’ Kevin Robinson. KR grows plenty of produce for Flinders Island and is a classic character.
I headed to Mountain Seas Lodge at Trousers Point where I met a vibrant, fun young couple Maya and Anthony. Maya and Anthony own a pop-up coffee shop.
I then met Gail Grace who operates Strait Produce and Eggs. Gail is a 5th generation Flinders Islander.
Before heading to my accommodation I met Chris Rhodes from Rockjaw Tours. Chris offers a range of tours from half day to full day with a range of fishing and hunting tours for groups.
Sunday night I stayed at Partridge Farm and enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by Rob & Lorraine Holloway. The majority of produce served is from Flinders Island and grown on Partridge Farm. Rob & Lorraine Holloway moved to the 30 acre property in 1980. In 1996, they named the property ‘Partridge Farm’ after the free range partridges and started holiday accommodation.
Monday 4th March 2019
Sadly, I departed Flinders Island and made my way back to Launceston. When I arrived back I met Lorraine Blaubaum from Sharp Airlines. Lorraine organised my wonderful Flinders Island getaway.
All the interviews will be aired on The Drive Home, but when you have the opportunity watch day one and two of my Flinders Island escape. The film will give you a wonderful visual idea of the wonder that is Flinders Island.
Here are some other places that you should checkout!
Excellent Accommodation Options!
Green Valley is a private self-contained rural homestead set amongst a beautiful,
vibrant garden that includes an orchard overflowing with apricots, apples and
nectarines during the warmer months. It is a short drive to the town centre and an ideal location to explore the island's famous beaches bush tracks and rugged mountains including Trousers Point, Fotheringate Bay and Mt Strezlecki. Sit back and relax amongst the roses, lavender and hydrangeas and soak up the tranquil surrounds as you plan your idyllic island escape.
Echo Hills is a secluded and tastefully appointed four bedroom, self contained cottage nestled at the foot of the Darling Ranges. The cottage sleeps up to eight people offering a variety of sleep arrangements with queen, double and single beds on offer. This charming cottage offers country style living with expanded views over the neighbouring farmland with the Patriach Hills & Babel Island as a back drop. The light house on Cat Island can be seen at night. Wake up to the smell of freshly baked homemade bread and incredible bird life chatter outside your bedroom window. Enjoy the tranquility of this cottage with inquisitive wildlife surrounding you and the warmth of a cosy fire at night. Plenty of reading material, DVD's and games for the children. Continental breakfast provisions are supplied for the first morning along with tea/coffee facilities and basic pantry food items. Your hosts, the Klug family are pleased to offer you help at anytime.