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Flinders Island Kayaking Explorations
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What gear do I need to bring?

A full gear list is provided in our Trip Essentials brochure (which you can download at the top of this page), but basically you need clothing for the length of your trip, including lightweight thermals for paddling, rain jackets, swimming gear and one casual outfit for a dinner out.

All other equipment is supplied including all linen (bedding and towels), paddling jacket and pants, dry bag, buoyancy vest, paddles and all other relevant paddling equipment.

Sharp Airlines have a 15kg checked baggage limit, so your gear will need to within this limit.

What does the trip package include?

Flinders Island trip packages includes:

  • transport on Flinders Island
  •  all meals (with an emphasis on fresh Flinders Island produce) and refreshments, a glass of wine each evening
  • five nights accommodation at Sawyers Bay Beach Shacks (shared facilities), all linen (bedding and towels)
  • two highly-experienced kayaking guides
  • comfortable and stable double sea kayaks
  • all specialist paddling equipment (good-quality paddle, paddling jacket, spray deck, buoyancy vest and a dry-bag)
  • National Park entry fees.

What is not included?

Travel to and from Flinders Island, accommodation before or after trip, items of personal nature (car parking etc), travel insurance.

You can either purchase flights through us when you book from Launceston to Flinders Island on the first day of your tour, or you can book directly with Sharp Airlines if you would like to extend your stay. Sharp Airlines have direct flights from Launceston and Melbourne (Essendon Airport).

Accommodation

We know you love the water so we've exclusively booked accommodation that's just 100 steps
from the private beach at Sawyers Bay (http://www.sawyersbayshacks.com.au/. You'll have a double or twin share room, with shared facilities and of course, exclusive access to the stunning beach. All linen is provided.

Single Travellers

Single travellers are not required to pay a surcharge for travelling alone if they are prepared to share a room. 50% surcharge to guarantee a single room.

Ages

Not recommended for children under 16 years of age.

How far/long will we paddle each day?

On a typical day though we aim to paddle for approximately 2-3 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon. Sometimes we may spend an afternoon or morning enjoying a short walk instead of paddling. Paddling speed is relaxed i.e. it is like going for a relaxed walk rather than a sprint.

Do you have a set itinerary?

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. 

There may also be days when kayaking is not possible due to strong winds. We therefore recommend bringing footwear and clothing suitable for walking on these days.

What weather can I expect?

The climate of Flinders Island is generally mild (by Tasmanian standards) as the sea has a moderating effect protecting the islands from extremes of temperature. Cooler than Melbourne in the summer and unexpectedly warmer than Melbourne in winter! And they also have more sunny days than the Gold Coast! Expect average temperatures in March and April between 12° to 22° degrees and at least one day of rain or drizzle. Flinders is also situated on the 40th parallel with the Roaring 40s winds (yes, hence our name) crossing the island.

What safety equipment is provided?

All Roaring 40s Kayaking’s trip leaders hold sea kayaking and wilderness first aid qualifications. We carry an extensive first aid kit, satellite phone, location beacon, marine radio, flare kits and towing equipment in case of emergencies.

Flinders Island has a resident doctor, pharmacy and emergency services. These services will however be a distance from our accommodation so we recommend bring all medication you will require for your trip. If you are taking any medications please be sure to let your guide know and to include an extra supply, packed separately, just in case. It is also important that you let us know if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or injuries.

Will my mobile phone work whilst I am on the trip?

Mobile coverage is very patchy at Sawyers Bay Shacks and across Flinders but is available depending on your carrier. There will be power to charge mobiles and cameras at Sawyers Bay Shacks. We recommend turning phones off during your tour to fully enjoy that unconnected feel of Flinders Island.

What meals are provided?

All meals, snacks and drinks are provided from lunch on day 1 to lunch on the last day. We can cater for most dietary requirements, for example vegetarians, vegans, lactose/gluten intolerant. If you have a dietary requirement please let us know when you book. If you are unsure, please contact us to discuss.

A glass of wine or beer is provided with dinner each evening. If you would like additional alcohol there will be the opportunity to drop into the local hotel on Flinders Island.

Where do I meet the tour?

If you book your flights with us we will meet you at Launceston Airport at 1pm on the first day of your tour.

If you book your flights independently we will meet you at Flinders Island Airport at 2.30pm on the first day of your tour.

Do I need to make a deposit to secure a place?

For all bookings made more than sixty (60) days prior to the scheduled trip date, a non-refundable deposit of $400 per person is required to reserve your place. The balance is due sixty (60) prior to the departure date.  For reservations made sixty (60) days or less from the departure date, full payment must be made at the time of booking.

What is the cancellation policy?

The following cancellation policy applies:

  • Bookings cancelled more than 60 days prior to departure will forfeit the deposit.
  • Bookings cancelled between 60 to 30 days prior to departure will be charged 50% of the trip cost.
  • Bookings cancelled inside 30 days prior the departure will be charged the full value of the booking. No refund will apply

Roaring 40s Kayaking requires full payment sixty (60) days prior to departure and reserves the right to cancel expeditions up until this date if there are insufficient numbers. In such a case, participants will be given a choice of:

  • Transferring payments towards another trip date; or
  • The payment of an additional fee to have the trip run as scheduled; or
  • Receiving a full refund.

In the event of such a cancellation, Roaring 40s Kayaking cannot be held responsible for any losses incurred by participant’s i.e. non-refundable airlines tickets and accommodation. Please be aware that if for any reason whatsoever a participant cancels less than four weeks prior to the trip departure they will forfeit all payments. For this reason, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance that covers losses due to unforeseen events that result in cancellations.