Aug
11
2013

Discovering Flinders Island

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It might surprise you that Tasmania isn't just one solitary island – it is actually surrounded by some other nearby spots of land in the sea too!

Flinders Island is one of mainland Tasmania's floating friends and has its own set of special features and drawcards which make it a fantastic place to explore. It was discovered in 1773 when Captain Cook's support ship came across it in fog. Early Europeans nearly drove fur seals to extinction from this island and its surrounding waters were treacherous, but these days it's a beautiful place to visit.

Some of its particularly striking sights include Mount Strzelecki (part of a national park) various rugged and untouched beaches and stark granite cliffs that the most adventurous and experienced of climbers can even try and climb on the famous Mount Killiecrankie.

There are hiking tracks encompassing a wander up Mount Strzelecki so if you'd like to give your legs a good challenge then these are definitely recommended. You'll also get to see some great views along the way, and once you make it to the top.

The nearby Furneaux Museum will also fill you in on Flinders' fascinating history with a number of historical Aboriginal items, information on the local bird life and artefacts harking back to other whaling and sealing days.

There are a few unique things to do on this island, such as exploring shipwreck sites nearby. Tasmania has seen more than its fair share of wrecks due to prevailing high winds and often rough seas. Over 1,000 vessels have experienced some sort of disaster in the area. On Flinders Island, divers can explore the Litherland and Sydney Cove shipwreck areas.

Flinders Island cove

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