This is going to be a holiday that you’re going to remember. To start with walking on Flinders Island is like stepping back in time. The pace of life here is slower, the locals friendlier, the fresh clean air nurtures you.
This is literally a walkers paradise with mountains, incredibly beautiful beaches at every turn, forests and yet no people. And it’s only a short flight from either Melbourne or Launceston in Tasmania.
The island is 75km long and 40km wide and sits in the middle of Bass Strait. As well as tall peaks, sea cliffs and idyllic coves, much of the island is covered in lush green farmland and national park.
We have hand crafted this walking holiday to optimise your time, and for you to get a real taste of what this little known but remarkable island has to offer.
The walking offers tremendous variety. There are rocky coastlines to explore, interspersed with beautiful sandy beaches. This is the Bay of Fires and Wilsons Promontory on steroids, and it’s no wonder as it was all part of the same mountain range years ago when Tasmania was still joined to mainland Australia. Mount Strzelecki is still the tallest and definitely the most striking. Aside from the rocky peaks, you will also be treated to lichen covered rocks and magnificent beaches at every turn.
Wildlife abounds too. There are numerous wallabies (far too many for the locals!), huge Cape Barren geese, wild peacocks, pheasants, birds of prey and large numbers of seabirds.
Summer weather is mild compared with most of Australia, and winters never have frost. No wonder locals wouldn’t live anywhere else.
During this walking holiday, our small group are accommodated at a 4 star retreat at the foot of Mt Strzelecki, overlooking Trousers Point Beach.
Starts on Friday and finishes on Monday on Flinders Island. There are flights from Essendon (Melbourne) and Launceston (Tasmania).
Sections of rocky coastline with some boulder hopping. Inland walks are moderate with a couple of challenging options available. This trip operates with two Auswalk guide, who are absolute experts when it come to delivering walks on the island.
The walks can be mixed and matched to what best suits the weather conditions but only when they need to. That way you as a walker get the best experience possible. Easier walking options will always be available for those who wish to take them.
During this holiday we’ll be based for all three nights at the one accommodation property. This is a 4 star retreat is surrounded by national park. There are great views of the coast and mountains. The property features themed bedrooms, guest lounge with open fire, bar, sun deck and outdoor spa.
Two guides, 3 nights accommodation, all meals (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners), all transport from Flinders Island airport, beach fishing, entry to Furneaux Museum, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps & map case and info pack.
Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast), flights to/from Flinders Island.
Flinders Island has a temperate coastal climate that is suitable for walking at every time of the year except the winter months.
See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.
We’ll dine in-house on fresh local organic produce, accompanied by an excellent range of Tasmanian wines.
This holiday commences on Flinders Island. You can fly to the island from Essendon (near Melbourne airport) or Launceston (in Tasmania) with Sharp Airlines (http://sharpairlines.com/ or phone 1300 55 66 94). This afternoon, we will endeavour to do a short forest walk at the foot of the Strzelecki Ranges (subject to flight arrival times). This afternoon we will endeavour to do a short forest walk at the foot of the Strzelecki Ranges or at Marshall Beach to Castle Rock (subject to flight arrival times).
Accommodation: Secluded Retreat at Trousers Point, for all 3 nights.
On these 2 days we will endeavour to do the following walks:
We head north on the west side of the island to Mount Killiecrankie. Today’s stunning coastal hike hugs the rocky shores from The Dock to the sleepy fishing settlement of Killiecrankie. Orange lichen decorates the granite boulders and the azure blue water beckons swimmers at Stacky’s Bight. Old Man’s Head, a unique rock formation, dominates the southern section of the hike. We will also do a short walk at North East river.
The highlight for many will be the challenging ascent of Mt Strzelecki, named after Sir Paul Edmund de Strzelecki who explored many parts of Australia in the 1800s. He’s well known for being the first European to climb Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain. The track climbs up through the rugged Big River valley where there are waterfalls and a delightful fern gully. As you climb higher the vegetation changes to sub alpine and finally you reach the bouldery summit. At 756 metres, you are on the highest point on the island.
If there is time or if the conditions dictate we will set off to the Darling Ranges in the central part of the island. Starting at aptly named Walkers Lookout, we traverse a high ridge that offers excellent views in all directions. For fit walkers with a good head for heights there’s an optional ascent of atmospheric Mt Pillinger – known to locals as the Eiger of Flinders Island.
This holiday finishes today with a small walk at Trousers Point before being transferred to the airport.
(A $100 Early Bird Discount is applicable for all bookings made 6 months prior to the the selected departure date.)