Rugged pink and grey mountains rise from Bass Strait, providing a spectacular backdrop for rolling green fields, long white beaches and the sapphire waters. With these views, abundant wildlife on land and sea, an amazing kayaking adventure on sparkling waters is assured.
It may seem a small island but there is plenty to steal your gaze in the landscape, locals - human and wild - to pique your curiosity and fresh produce to make your mouth water.
Flinders takes on a whole new perspective when you're skimming over blue waters, watching mountains appear as granite overlords. Along the way you’ll explore beautiful beaches (often bereft of humans), rocky crags, small coves and maybe even some offshore islands.
Each night a comfortable bed at Sawyers Bay Beach Shacks awaits you as does our own private beach. We'll watch the sun set over Bass Strait over a delicious dinner and a raise a glass of wine or beer in celebration of the natural beauty we've experienced.
We have spent many weeks over the past five years exploring Flinders Island, meeting the local folk and making some great friendships. We love how laidback island life is and we can't wait to share some of the stunning coastal scenery and hidden gems we have found.
There's also the chance to meet some of the interesting characters that make up the wonderful community on Flinders Island and that includes the abundance of wildlife – wombats, wallabies, Cape Barren Geese to mention a just a few.
Due to the variability of the weather (including those Roaring 40s winds) and the range of options available to us on Flinders Island, we have no fixed schedule. Our guides are highly experienced at optimising each day’s plans to make the most of prevailing conditions. You can expect beautiful sandy beaches, rocky crags, blue seas and mountain views.
Whilst we do our best to fulfil the wishes and aspirations of our participants, our first priority is participant safety. The number of days paddling and the number of hours in the kayaks on each of those days is highly variable and dependent upon both participants and conditions. On a typical day we will aim to kayak for approximately 2-3 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon.
Weather each day will dictate where we travel to for the best paddling options, here's some of them to get the paddle hands itchy:
Sawyers Beach, around Wybalenna to Lillies Beach, Settlement Point
An afternoon paddle from Sawyers Bay Shacks, past some beautiful beaches and rocky crags. In calm conditions we may even be able to paddle out to Wybalenna Island.
Stunning Killiecrankle Beach has it all as we paddle the length of the beach and around rocky headlands – sandy beaches, blue seas, mountain views and a shipwreck. It’s also famous for “Killiecrankie diamonds” (semi-precious clear topaz) so keep your eyes open on the beach and around the rocks!
Tanners Bay and Royden Island
Tanners Bay is a small cove with its own small group of islands, reef and where the remains of an old jetty can still be seen.
Palana Beach and North East River
At our starting point, there's a tiny group of shacks which were originally set up as a radio station during WWII when the fear of Japanese invasions was at its peak. You can still see the barracks, mess hall, office and weapons depot. There are also great views along Palana Beach to the Sister Island group to enjoy.
North East River is a tidal estuary on the far corner of the island which is an important habitat for sea birds.
Trousers Point to Lady Barron
Our paddle starts at Trousers Point, an often-photographed secluded bay, then winds around the coast, past the Strzelecki National Park to the small but busy town and port of Lady Barron.
From Lady Barron explore Great Dog Island, Little Dog Islands and Little Green Island.
These small islands are in Franklin Sound, itself designated an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International. Clear waters and unspoilt coastlines await.
PLUS there are plenty of walking options to choose from on the days when kayaking may not be possible. From short walks to climbing Mt Strezelecki and many in between.