Flinders Island – what can I do when I’m there?

Where only the scenery works 24/7…

Make sure you bring your sense of adventure, some outdoor shoes, and a willingness to go back to a simpler time. The island has a small number of residents, and we like to explore our island just like the visitors. This means that many businesses have very specific opening hours, and won’t be open every day. Make sure you check their websites / social media pages for updates.

However, there’s still plenty to do here! Try a bushwalk, a picnic, some photography, or sketching, or swimming… as my mum used to say, “only boring people get bored!”

People often wonder what on earth there is to do on Flinders Island, with its small population and few mod. cons. True, we don’t have shopping centres, cinemas, or amusement parks. What we have instead is an abundance of natural, wild, home-grown entertainment. If you’re open to the rugged beauty of the landscape, don’t mind a bit of seclusion, and take time to meet the locals, you’ll be wishing you’d booked yourself a longer trip.

flinders island beach sunset

Arts & events

Flinders Island has a strong arts community, with diverse talents. The rugged isolation attracts many established artists, and the generous community is great at encouraging creativity in emerging makers.

Our busy community has many events running throughout the year, and visitors are very welcome to join in. Check with your accommodation or on facebook for details of events while you are here.

The Strait Works gallery in Whitemark is a community-run space with monthly exhibitions. Located next to Walkers Supermarket, it’s well worth a visit. Exhibition openings are usually the first Friday of the month from 5pm. Pop in for some nibbles and a drink, and chat with the artist and other locals!

The Furneaux Museum beautifully showcases the human and natural history of the region. It’s entirely run by volunteers, and hours change depending on the season.

Sandro Donati works with silver, gold, and Killiecrankie Diamonds to create stunning original pieces with a strong sense of the island. His studio is currently at the White Shack in Whitemark. Drop by to have a look at his beautiful jewellery or to discuss a custom piece.

  • The Blues Implosion, Furneaux Tavern, NYE
    New Year's Eve at the Furneaux Tavern with local band The Blues Implosion

Other useful links

Visit Flinders Island has links for accommodation and hire providers.

Flinders Council has useful info for visitors, and those wishing to move here!

Sharp Airlines flies here every day from Launceston, and several times a week from Essendon.