Launceston to Flinders Island Tasmania
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Flinders Island located between Australia mainland and Tasmania. It is Tasmania largest off Shore Island According to our friend Chris, who is the local, not a lot of Australians know about this island! Most of the local involve in cattle farming on this island. There are 120 incredible beaches in this island for us to explore! There are no traffic lights in the whole island due to it low population. The population of Flinders Island is about 600 and it could get up to 900 during summer when the residents are back for summer break. Summer in Flinders Island is much cooler compare to the mainland. There are two major towns in Flinders Island - Whitemark where there is a IGA supermarket and more food outlets.
There are many thing visitor can do in Flinders Island. Hiking (there are total of 32 walks ranging from 1hour to full day walk) rock hopping, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, diving, canoeing, surfing, kayaking, horse riding, golfing, bird watching, camping and many more!
Our flight with Sharp Airlines was scheduled to depart at 8am. We left the hotel at 6.20am but it only took about 15minutes to get to the airport. We could not find the Sharp Airlines check in counter at Launceston Airport. The people there told us Sharp Airlines counter would be 500 meters away down the road! We got back to the car, found the Sharp Airlines Terminal, which is only one check in counter, checked in our bag and brought the car back to the main Launceston Airport to drop off our car.
No boarding call, no flight safety demonstration, no queues. The staff just directed us to board the tiny aircraft and we took off 15minutes earlier then the scheduled time. The flight took about 35minutes and it was a smooth landing.
The car rental staff was expecting us for the 10am flight but we took the 8am flight, therefore the car wasn't at the airport. We bought a guidebook about Flinders Island from her and she gave us some useful information about the walks in Flinders Island. Since we were going to take the walk in Stezelecki National Park, we also bought the park passes from her. That was convenient! Later, We got into her car and she brought us to the car depot.
Tips for tourist - there is no public transport in Flinders Island, so you have to rent a car to get around. The only airline that operates between Melbourne and Flinders Island or Launceston to Flinders Island is Sharp Airlines. There are limitation on the check in and carry on bags due to the size of the aircraft. 15kg for check in bags and 6kg for carry on bags - so folks, travel light!
We went to the Whitemark Town for our morning coffee then drove back our accommodation at Lady Barron Town that is about 20minutes away. After settling down, we drove to the one and only store – which is also a gas station, a cafe, a post office) to get some groceries so that I could made our lunch.
We took a nap after lunch. An hour after that, we drove to the Strzelecki National Park, with the park pass we bought displayed on the dashboard. We bought the park pass from the lady that works for the car rental company. A 24hour pass for a vehicle is A$24 and for two months pass cost A$60.
We took the Trousers Point walk- one of the Tasmania's 60 great short walks. The walk is within the park. It will take about on end a half hour to complete. It was a easy walk with a spectacular view of two beaches and unique rocks. This was also the first time I saw salt forms. When the water hits really hard on the rock, the salt foams were like snow, like Christmas, it was so beautiful. We managed to "catch" a foam while it flies and tasted it, boy it was salty, just like the salt!
It was a great walk with great view, will probably go back again before we leave Flinders Island.