Bass Strait Islands
Carved by the treacherous waters of Bass Strait, King Island and Flinders Island are unique destinations unto themselves, with plenty to see and do. Sparsely populated, the islands hold great natural beauty with long sandy beaches, huge lichen-covered boulders, lagoons and rugged mountain ranges.
On this four-day discovery tour, experience the remoteness, rich history and delicious local produce that make these islands so special.
Tour Itinerary: Bass Strait Islands
Depart for King Island in the morning, with a stunning scenic flight over the 12 Apostles.
At King Island hop on your purpose-built 4WD vehicle, guided by a local, for a Hidden Southern Experience tour. You’ll discover bays and coves not generally seen by visitors as you traverse private property and, in some cases, go off-road.
Visit the 7,000-year-old Calcified Forest, where a short walk will work up an appetite for a white tablecloth paddock-to-plate lunch, including wine, local cheeses and fresh crayfish when in season. Learn of the island’s early history, sealers and lighthouses, kelp and its harvesters.
Journey to the most southern point of the island before arriving at your hotel. Relax with your fellow travellers and a pre-dinner drink before an evening meal at the wonderful Wild Harvest restaurant.
Overnight: King Island Wilderness Retreat
Head to the picturesque hamlet of Naracoopa, then to the western side of the island for a quick stop at the kelp factory, before British Admiral Beach with its tragic shipwreck history and the local museum. As a final treat, sample some delicious cheeses at the renowned King Island Dairy.
Mid-afternoon fly across Bass Strait to Flinders Island and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a delicious, locally sourced dinner and take in the incredible surroundings.
2 nights: Mountain Seas Lodge or Furneaux Tavern
Your expert local guide will take you on two day exploration of Flinders Island. Begin with a short beach walk at Trousers Point.
Get your camera out for the striking Fotheringate Bay, with granite caves formed by emerging groundwater and marine erosion. Head north to Killiecrankie, famous for its white topaz known as Killiecrankie Diamonds.
On to Palana on the northern tip of the island, where evidence of WWII surveillance is still visible, then across to North East River, where the Tasman Sea and Bass Strait meet.
Head to Vinegar Hill for views over to Cape Barren Island, then Patriarch Wildlife Sanctuary to meet wombats, wallabies and Cape Barren geese. Stretch your legs in the capital Whitemark. Reflect at Wybalenna, site of the Tasmanian Aboriginal settlement between 1833 and 1847 and learn some of the local history at the Furneaux Museum.
Depart Flinders Island in the late afternoon after an incredible four-day trip, touching down in the early evening.