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Flinders Island in Bass Strait is the largest of the 52 islands in the Furneaux Group, once part of a land bridge that joined Tasmania to the mainland. It's a beautiful place, but with a tragic history. In 1831 Tasmania's Aboriginal people, depleted to fewer than 160, were isolated on Flinders Island. Wybalenna (’black man’s home’) was set up there in 1834 to house those few survivors of Tasmania’s pre-European population of over 4000. Less than a third of the people held there survived the appalling living conditions. A lack of good food and water meant that by 1847, when the settlement was finally abandoned, only 46 Aboriginal people remained. The Wybalenna Historic Site at Settlement Point stands as a reminder of the doomed community. Located near Emita, it is one of the most important historic sites in Tasmania, and includes a National Trust–restored church and cemetery. Whitemark is the island's largest town.

Visitor Information

4 Davies St, (03) 6359 2380 or 1800 994 477


Nearby national parks

  • 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...more

  • Mount William National Park

    Tucked away in the remote north-east corner of the state, Mount William National Park is fringed with gorgeous bays stretching from Ansons...more

  • Ben Lomond National Park

    Ben Lomond National Park, enclosing the largest alpine plateau in the state, is a mountain environment with extensive and dramatic dolerite...more

Nearby towns

  • Gladstone

    The north-eastern district surrounding Gladstone was once a thriving mining area, yielding both tin and gold. Today many of the...more

  • Bridport

    On Tasmania's north-east coast, facing Anderson Bay, Bridport is a popular holiday retreat for residents of Launceston and nearby...more

  • Derby

    This small north-eastern town was born when tin was discovered in 1874 and the 'Brothers Mine' opened two years later. The Cascade Dam was...more

In Town

Bowman History Room: displays of memorabilia show Whitemark since the 1920s; rear of E. M. Bowman & Co, 2 Patrick St.

Diving and snorkelling: tours to shipwreck sites, limestone reefs and granite-boulder formations including Chalky Island Caves and Port Davies Reef; bookings on (03) 6359 8429.

Fishing tours: from Port Davies to Prime Seal Island for pike and salmon, and Wybalenna Island for couta; bookings on (03) 6359 8429.


Strzelecki National Park The only national park in the Furneaux Group, featuring the Peaks of Flinders and Mt Strzelecki, and wetlands, heathland and lagoons. A 5 hr return walk to the summit of Mt Strzelecki is steep, but affords excellent views of Franklin Sound and its islands. Trousers Pt, featuring magnificent rust-red boulders and clear waters, is located just outside the park. Contact Parks & Wildlife Service on 1300 135 513; 15 km S.

Emita Museum This museum, run by the Historical Society, has a wide range of memorabilia and houses displays on the short-tailed shearwater industry, the War Service Land Settlement and the nautical and natural histories of Flinders Island. Open 1–4pm Sat–Sun; Settlement Point Rd, Emita; 18 km NW.

Patriarchs Wildlife Sanctuary: privately owned sanctuary with a vast range of birdlife and wallabies, which can be handfed; access via Lees Rd, Memana; 30 km NE.

Logan Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary: houses a great diversity of birdlife in winter including the red-necked stint, common greenshank and eastern curlew; east of Lady Barron; 30 km SE.

Mt Tanner: lookout with stunning views of the northern end of the island and Marshall Bay; off West End Rd; Killiecrankie; 40 km N.

Port Davies: from the viewing platform see short-tailed shearwaters fly into their burrows at dusk. An enormous colony of these birds breed here between Sept and Apr and then set out on an annual migration to the Northern Hemisphere. West of Emita; 20 km NW.

Fossicking: Killiecrankie diamonds, a form of topaz released from decomposing granite, are found along the beach at Killiecrankie Bay and nearby Mines Creek. The stone is usually colourless, but sometimes pale blue or amber; brochure at visitor centre; 43 km NW.

Beachcombing: rare paper-nautilus shells wash up along the island's western beaches.

Fishing spots near town

Flinders Island 21 km

Flinders Island is halfway across Bass Strait. Air travel to the island is limited but it’s worth the effort. Most anglers who visit the island and sample the fishing return full of praise for the place. Flinders... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching on Flinders Island 14 km

Logan Lagoon in the south-east is an internationally recognised wetland, vital for rare migratory species such as the red-necked stint, common greenshank, eastern curlew and bar-tailed godwit.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Freckles Cafe

Opposite the bakery on the main street of Whitemark, this is the only coffee shop on Flinders Island. It’s a popular local eatery with a range of delicious light meals. In this quiet little town, it’s a... Find out more

Shearwater Restaurant

The bar in the Furneaux Tavern has one of the best views in Australia. It looks out over island-dotted Franklin Sound, a picturesque wild vista of ocean and rocky headlands that’s breathtakingly beautiful in any... Find out more

Campsites around town

Trousers Point camping area 11 km

With its own tiny swimming beach, this camping area has to be one of the most delightful places to pitch a tent. Clear waters offer spectacular diving and snorkelling, and there are lovely scenic coastal walks nearby.... Find out more

Allports Beach camping area 16 km

This pretty beachside camping area is near the historic Wybalenna chapel and cemetery, which now sit fully restored on Aboriginal land, marking the place where Tasmania’s Aborigines were exiled in miserable... Find out more

Lillies Beach camping area 17 km

This coastal site has only the most basic facilities but provides camping areas where you can really get away from it all. Set on a gently sloping point next to pretty Lillies Beach, it is close to boat-launching... Find out more

The Patriarchs Wildlife Sanctuary camping area 21 km

Surrounding 3 granite hills on the island’s eastern flanks, the forests, lagoons and swamps of this sanctuary offer unspoilt wildlife habitat and a chance to get to know Flinders Island’s unique animals.... Find out more

Yellow Beaches Coastal Reserve camping area 22 km

Looking out over island-dotted Franklin Sound, this small camping area is set in a coastal reserve within walking distance of the settlement of Lady Barron. Being so close to the town has its advantages; if arrangements... Find out more

North East River camping area 41 km

The remote and beautiful northern tip of Flinders Island is a haven for lovers of wild coastal scenery. There are plenty of secluded camping spots among trees beside the inlet and no shortage of excellent snorkelling,... Find out more

Little Musselroe Bay camping area 72 km

This is a stunningly beautiful bay with views to the Furneaux Islands and an abundance of birdlife. Drive along Cape Portland Rd, 27 km north of Gladstone, and then 200 m into the sheltered bayside camping area. Best to... Find out more

Petal Point camping area 73 km

If you like to be alone on a windswept beach, with only seabirds for company, then this remote coastal camping area is for you. Head to the far north-east corner of Tasmania, where there are campsites tucked into the... Find out more

Musselroe Bay camping area 81 km

There is camping suited to big rigs in this remote coastal conservation area north of Mt William National Park. Drive north-east of Gladstone along the Musselroe Bay Rd (C845), 8 km past the park information booth. The... Find out more

Top Camp camping area 82 km

There is every chance you will have the beautiful beach next to this campsite to yourself, as few people venture to the northern edge of the park. There are a small number of rather exposed sites behind the beach. Access... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Interstate Hotel

In the centre of tiny Whitemark, this 100-year-old hotel is a family-run country pub with good budget accommodation and a bar where the talk is local and the pace easygoing. Upstairs, the heritage-style rooms –... Find out more

Partridge Farm

On the southern rump of Flinders Island, overlooking the reefs and channels between Cape Barren, these luxurious bush hideaways share a lush farm with a menagerie of deer, partridges, wallabies and alpacas. There are... Find out more

Echo Hills

This family property near the centre of Flinders Island has accommodation for six in a bright and cheerful farm cottage. Features include brass beds, an open fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and bread... Find out more

Palana Beach House

On Flinders Island when they say one of their 120 beaches is deserted, they really mean it. From the front verandah to Palana Beach are 100 steps, and then you can walk for endless hours along flat glistening sand and... Find out more

What's on around town

Three Peaks Race: annual sailing and hiking race from Beauty Pt to Flinders Island, then down the coast to Hobart. It coincides with local produce markets and children's activities at Lady Barron; Easter.

Bass Strait Golf Classic: June.

Flinders Island Show: local and off-shore exhibitors; showgrounds; Oct.

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