Flinders Island Adventure
- Duration: 7 Days (approx.)
- Product code: FI2017
Flinders Island in Bass Strait is the largest of 52 islands in the Furneaux Group. At around 70km from end to end, and half that in width, Flinders is the perfect size to explore – and by the end of your 7-day adventure, you will know much of its coastline intimately, and a good deal of its interior as well.
We’ll paddle to offshore islands and into secluded coves, slipping quietly between beautiful orange granite boulders. The water is so clear that you’ll see sand ripples, swaying kelp, and fish in abundance. Dolphins may also become frequent companions. At break times, we’ll pull ashore in a quiet cove, so you can explore the rocky headlands, swim and snorkel in the clear warm water, or simply laze on the beach.
Your late afternoon and evenings are spent at Sawyers Bay Beach Shacks. Here we have our own secluded beach, a large dining table, comfy lounge chairs and real beds! As we share stories of our day, the sun will set over Bass Strait; the distant Strzelecki Peak will change hue from orange-grey to pink-purple; pademelons and wallabies will arrive; and your glass will be refilled.
TRIP PACKAGE INCLUDES:
· Transport on Flinders Island
· Six nights accommodation at Sawyers Bay Beach Shacks (shared facilities)
· All linen (bedding and towels)
· Two highly experienced kayaking guides
· Comfortable and stable double sea kayaks
· Paddling equipment (good-quality paddle, paddling jacket, spray deck, buoyancy vest and a dry bag)
· National Park entry fees
· All meals and refreshments (we focus on fresh Flinders Island produce)
· A glass of wine or beer each evening
· A gourmet meal on the final night, catered for by The Flinders Island Wharf
Due to the variability of the weather (including Roaring Forties winds) and the range of options available, we have no fixed schedule. Our guides will decide each day’s itinerary based on the weather. Wherever we go, it will be beautiful.
The number of days paddling and the number of hours paddling per day depends upon participants and the weather. On a typical day we will aim to kayak for approximately 2-3 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon. The paddling speed is gentle, to allow plenty of time for you to soak up every island detail.
On days when it’s not possible to kayak due to strong winds, we pull on our walking shoes and hit the track – climb a mountain, or stretch our legs on a long coastal walk. We also often visit the Wybalenna Aboriginal settlement (a sad, but important place to visit) and the Furneaux Museum where you can immerse yourself in the island’s colourful stories, carefully curated by a team of passionate locals.
HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE FLINDERS ISLAND PADDLING DESTINATIONS:
Sawyers Beach around Wybalenna to Lillies Beach, Settlement Point
An afternoon paddle from Sawyers Bay Shacks, past beautiful beaches and a boulder-strewn coastline. In calm conditions we sometimes paddle out to Wybalenna Island.
Killiecrankie Bay is gorgeous! Granite boulder headlands flank a beautiful sweeping white arc of a beach, boats bob in the bay, and Mt Killiecrankie keeps guard. It’s also famous for Killiecrankie diamonds (semi-precious clear topaz) so keep a lookout on the northern end of the beach and amongst the rocks.
Tanners Bay and Royden Island
Picturesque Tanners Bay is a cove with a cluster of small islands and the remains of an old jetty. Roydon Island, just offshore, has a crunchy sand beach and a cute little hut tucked in the coastal scrub.
Palana Beach and North East River
Palana is Flinders Island’s most northerly settlement, home to just a handful of shacks and houses. During World War II, fear of Japanese invasion prompted a military outpost here. Some of the buildings and structures still remain. The long white Palana Beach, and the rocky headlands and coves around to North East River, with views to the Inner and Outer Sister Islands, are spectacular. North East River is a tidal estuary and important bird habitat.
Trousers Point to Lady Barron
Another favourite bay – with a curious name. We paddle the length of the beach and head south around the base of Mt Strzelecki and Strzelecki National Park to the small port town of Lady Barron.
Monday 28th Feb to Sunday 6th March
Sunday 6th March to Saturday 12th March
Saturday 12th March to Friday 18th March
Monday 21st March to Sunday 27th March
Sunday 27th March to Saturday 2nd April
Saturday 2nd April to Friday 8th April
Friday 8th April to Thursday 14th April
(Days 1 and 7 are travel days)
COST – $3150 person plus flights to Flinders Island