After a morning of Anzac Day activities, we chose to drive out of Whitemark to the Strzelecki National Park. Flinders Island is not big and that means you can do a lot in a day. Being approximately 60kms long x 30kms wide, touring on the sealed and well-made unsealed roads is easy going for the normal two-wheel-drive vehicle.
Strzelecki: the Summit of Flinders Island
The twenty minute drive from Whitemark takes you down past the imposing Mt. Strzelecki and the starting point for the walk to the summit. For those choosing to tackle this moderately difficult walk, 3.5 hours should be allowed for the return trip. Only those with the suitable footwear, waterproofs, day pack, food and water should go as the going is not easy and the weather conditions constantly change. It is also essential to sign the register on commencement and on return.
Tranquility: Trousers Point
We continued down to Trousers Point in the cool, wet and blustery conditions but the short walks and the spectacular scenery kept us more than happy. Trousers Point is a popular spot for the locals. There are lots of sheltered bays and beaches as well as camping sites, BBQ facilities, table settings, toilets and shelters. A Forest Raven greeted us. He was scrounging a tasty morsel but, today, he was out of luck unless he liked mints!
The crystal clear water played tricks with my fully focused eyes as I imagined crayfish, squid or flounder below the whirlpools that I saw. Two sailing boats were moored out in the bay and I envied those choosing this tranquil lifestyle. On this public holiday, we were the only people there so it wasn’t busy and that’s how we like it on Flinders Island and Tasmania in general.
Fotheringate Beach, Flinders Island
Further down the road we came to a sign that read “Fotheringate Beach”. The short walk took us to another magnificent setting with scenery of exceptional beauty. Not once did we see litter and that is a credit to those using the Strzelecki National Park and to the sole Park Ranger.
Vistas on Trousers Point & Chappell’s Restaurant
For those wishing to stay in the Strzelecki National Park, Vistas on Trousers Point provides exclusive accommodation as well as Chappell’s Restaurant that is open on certain days of the week. It was closed when we visited but it’s on the list for next time. I have seen the menu on their website and decided on the following:
Entrée: Abalone marinated in almond oil & rosemary – $18
Main: Flinders Island lamb rump with red wine & mint jus – $29
Oh! I forgot the Unavale cabernet sauvignon. Jeanette likes that.
I am relying on the locals to inform me of how Trousers Point got the name. Was it from a trouser-less man that got washed ashore from a shipwreck in 1872? Or a box of trousers that washed ashore from a wreck in 1875? Let me know.
Roger Findlay spends all his holidays in Tasmania, then writes about the
experience for Think Tasmania. If you’d like Roger to visit you in the name of
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