Strzelecki National Park
Strzelecki National Park is hidden away in the south-west corner of Flinders Island. Here you can climb granite mountains to marvel at stunning ocean views or relax on sandy beaches fringed with orange lichen-covered rocks. Before the arrival of Europeans – Tobias Furneaux sailed around this region in 1773 and Matthew Flinders explored it more closely in the 1790s – Aboriginal people had occupied the land for some 7000 years. Shell middens and stone artefacts dot the landscape. The national park was gazetted in 1967 and ﬁve years later was named in honour of Polish explorer Count Paul Strzelecki, who climbed the island’s mountains in 1842.
Wildlife includes wombats, Bennett's wallabies, Tasmanian pademelons, long-nosed potoroos, two species of burrowing crayﬁsh and a wealth of birdlife. The swift parrot, a nationally endangered species, is found in the park’s blue gum forests, and the endangered forty-spotted pardalote feeds in the white gums. The green and gold frog, listed as vulnerable, is one of 19 known reptile and amphibian species.
In the oddly titled 100-hectare Trousers Point Reserve (named for either the lucky escape of a trouserless man from an 1872 shipwreck or a box of trousers washed up from an 1875 wreck), a low granite headland rises up between sandy beaches, with great opportunities for short walks, swimming, snorkelling, diving and rock ﬁshing. There is a picnic area, tank water, barbecue, ﬁreplaces and camping ground. The most spectacular bushwalk is the 5-hour-return trek up Mount Strzelecki Peak (756 metres), the island’s highest mountain. A track also heads south-east to Sarah Blanche Point (5–7 hours return).
Location and access
By air to Whitemark on Flinders Island from Launceston or Essendon/Latrobe Valley (VIC); by small cargo ship from Bridport or Launceston
PWS Strzelecki (03) 6359 2217
Flinders Island (03) 6359 5002