Flinders Island in Bass Strait is the largest of 52 islands in the Furneaux Group. At around 70km from end to end, and half that in width, Flinders is the perfect size to explore – and by the end of your 6-day adventure, you will know much of its coastline intimately, and a good deal of its interior as well.
We’ll paddle to offshore islands and into secluded coves, slipping quietly between beautiful orange granite boulders. The water is so clear that you’ll see sand ripples, swaying kelp, and fish in abundance. Dolphins may also become frequent companions. At break times, we’ll pull ashore in a quiet cove, so you can explore the rocky headlands, swim and snorkel in the clear warm water, or simply laze on the beach.
Your late afternoon and evenings are spent at Sawyers Bay Beach Shacks. Here we have our own secluded beach, a large dining table, comfy lounge chairs and real beds! As we share stories of our day, the sun will set over Bass Strait; the distant Strzelecki Peak will change hue from orange-grey to pink-purple; pademelons and wallabies will arrive; and your glass will be refilled.
Trip package includes:
Transport on Flinders Island
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
Paddling equipment (good-quality paddle, paddling jacket, spray deck, buoyancy vest and a dry bag)
National Park entry fees
All meals and refreshments (we focus on fresh Flinders Island produce)
A glass of wine or beer each evening
A gourmet meal on the final night, catered for by The Flinders Island Wharf
Due to the variability of the weather (including Roaring Forties winds) and the range of options available, we have no fixed schedule. Our guides will decide each day’s itinerary based on the weather. Wherever we go, it will be beautiful.
The number of days paddling and the number of hours paddling per day depends upon participants and the weather. On a typical day we will aim to kayak for approximately 2-3 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon. The paddling speed is gentle to allow plenty of time for you to soak up every island detail.
On days when it’s not possible to kayak due to strong winds, we pull on our walking shoes and hit the track – climb a mountain, or stretch our legs on a long coastal walk. We also often visit the Wybalenna Aboriginal settlement (a sad, but important place to visit) and the Furneaux Museum where you can immerse yourself in the island’s colourful stories, carefully curated by a team of passionate locals.