FLINDERS ISLAND ADVENTURE
Your 6-Day Flinders Island Adventure
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 6-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.
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 and The Docks
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. The Docks is one of our favourite paddling locations with a magnificent granite boulder maze, clear blue water and white sandy beaches.
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. Royden Island is also known as "The Kayakers Island" as it is a main landing point for Bass Strait kayak crossings.
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.
Lady Barron to Greater Dog, Little Dog, and Little Green islands
These small islands are in Franklin Sound, which lies between Flinders and the next largest island in the Furneaux Group – Cape Barren Island. Abundant seabirds and clear waters are a feature – as are the muttonbirding huts on the offshore islands.