From mountain lookouts to rolling surf – share Dietmar Kahles’ adventures as he explores the amazing natural beauty of Flinders Island’s top five walks.
You may have visited Tasmania and loved its amazing natural beauty. But for your next visit you want to get a bit more off the beaten track and discover incredible new places. Two words: Flinders Island.
How many of your friends even know where Flinders Island is, let alone have visited this undiscovered gem of an island in the middle of the Bass Strait connecting mainland Australia with Tasmania? Seriously, do yourself a huge favour and go there before the secret is out. You do not want to miss THE next big thing in adventure travel.
1. Awe-inspiring mountain views and lookouts
If you want the biggest mountain and best views on the island, Mt Strzelecki is it. You will be blown away by the panorama from the summit of the highest peak on Flinders Island. Sure, it’s a bit of a slog to get to the top (all those spin classes and morning runs are finally paying off for you) but when you take in the 360-degree views from the summit rocks you will be more than rewarded for the effort to get there.
2. You don’t have to share the beaches
The coastal walk from Trousers Point to Fotheringate Beach is one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks and I promise you will be in for a treat! Start at stunning Trousers Point Beach pictured above (where you could easily spend the whole day relaxing and swimming in the crystal clear water if you want to just chill out) and walk through a small section of forest to emerge at a rocky headland with amazing views to the rolling surf below and across Bass Strait.
There are heaps of vantage points and gorgeous little rock pools as you weave your way along to beautiful Fotheringate Beach, another wonderful swimming beach. This walk will take you an hour or five (depending on how often you get sidetracked by the amazing scenery).
3. The wild beauty of North East River
Make sure you include a trip up to North East River, located on the island’s remote northeastern tip, in your Flinders Island itinerary. The wild beauty of this area might just take your breath away (and if it does, take a few deep breaths of some of the cleanest air on the planet).
Take your time to explore on foot the many rocky outcrops at Holloway Point and Stanley Point with their myriad of rock pools and amazing views over the river estuary. And you will love watching the ocean breakers roll in and observing the island’s many sea birds circling and swooping.
4. Sunsets at Castle Rock
Pack a picnic hamper with some quality local produce (head to Flinders Island Fresh in Whitemark who will look after your needs), grab a rug, drive towards Allport Beach and look out for the Castle Rock walk and car park sign.
Enjoy the short walk to Castle Rock (a massive granite boulder on Marshall Beach), roll out the rug, feast on the goodies you brought along and wait for sunset. If the weather gods are kind to you, you will experience one of the most beautiful displays of nature you have ever seen. Isn’t it great to be alive?
5. The rocks at The Docks
The Docks, located between Killiecrankie and Palana on the north west coast, is one of Flinders Island’s hidden treasures. You will need a four-wheel drive to get there but on arrival you will be glad that you made the journey. Marvel at the great variety of the rock formations, including a Stegosaurus shaped rock that looks like something straight out of Jurassic Park.
You can easily spend hours here exploring the wonderful coastline. Make sure you bring some binoculars as rock climbers often test their skills on the huge boulders and rock walls.