This tour is a fantastic experience! Have the best of both Islands King and Flinders in an all inclusive package.
Today we head down to Essendon Today we fly to King Island via Essendon. For the next Four Nights we will be staying at The Boomerang by the Sea, King Island.
Visit one of the local beef farms, then on to the museum. The King Island Museum is run by a group of volunteers who are members of the King Island Historical Society. It is housed in the former lighthouse keepers residence. We then visit the Kelp Factory to learn of this unusual industry. A factory and site for receiving, drying and milling stormcast Bull Kelp (Durvillea Pototorum) For local Australian customers and for export to Scotland & Norway.
Kelp Supply Self employed suppliers hand select plants cast on the beaches from predominantly the west coast of the island, deliver them to the factory site using an assortment of utilities and trailers, trucks etc. They then hang their Kelp plants using S shaped hooks onto poles placed on racks set at a conveniently low level.
Touring the island visit Yellow Rock Beach. Amazing rocky cliffs, some with gullies flowing with fresh water, and colourful vegetation growing along their sides heading down to the beach then into the ocean, while other areas of coastline show off beautiful golden sandy beaches. We also take in the scenic Shannon shipwreck, Cape Wickham Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in the southern hemisphere, and King Island Dairy. This evening view the fairy penguins. These little guys come home to the breakwater every night after a day of swimming and fishing.
Visit the township of Grassy and the King Island Kelp Craft shop. See the calcified forest where an ancient forest was rapidly covered by sand that has since receded. Just a short distance from the Calcified Forest, Seal Rock is almost certainly the most dramatic view on King Island. Sadly you are unlikely to see a seal as they were hunted out years ago and only occasionally visit but you will see some of the most spectacular, beautiful and dramatic views imaginable. Then it is on to view Huxley Hill Wind Farm (also known as the King Island Wind Farm) is a wind power station at King Island, Tasmania, Australia, of around 1600 residents, owned by Hydro Tasmania, which supplements the four diesel generators with a combined capacity of 6 MW at Currie Power Station.
Today board your flight to Flinders Island departing at 9:30am. Upon our arrival across Bass Strait to The Furneaux Group of Islands when we arrive and are met by our guide. Once were settled into the coach we depart for Allports Beach for morning tea, then onto the Wybalenna Settlement and learn of the sad history of the Tasmania Aboriginies that George Robinson attempted to rescue. Following lunch, the Furneaux Museum is on our list of must do on the island. Arguably the best museum of its kind in the country. Calling into Sawyers Bay and Bluff Water reserve we continue south to the port of Lady Barron prior to finding our accommodation at The Furneaux Tavern.
After breakfast, we join a local cruise boat to enjoy a morning away on a cruise, exploring the waters of Franklin Sound and beyond with a look at the wreck of The Farsund, a 3 masted vessel that run aground on the Vansittart Shoals in 1912 and still seen today. Next, we are off to Yellow Beach for lunch our journey then takes us to Vinegar Hill Lookout for panoramic views over Lady Barron, Franklin Sound and all the islands south. On our way we visit the interesting local gem stone collection before an early arrival back to our motel. Tonight, were off to Whitemark for dinner at the Interstate Hotel.
Today we travel to the northern part of the island along the Thule Road stopping at Castle Rock and then to North East River for the splendid views over the sisters Islands and along the beaches south to Babel Island where we indulge in morning tea. Next, its onto Palana the most northern point of the island and learn of the Dads Army set up during the war. Lunch will find us at Killiecrankie with time for a fossick along the beach with the hope of maybe finding a Killiecrankie Diamond. We return to Lady Barron to our motel via Five Mile Road travelling thru the farming region of Memana and Makarna Park.
Day 8 Friday 30th Flinders Island to Melbourne (BLD)
This morning we head to Trousers Point on the south west corner of the island for splendid views and postcard scenery. Next stop is Walkers Lookout which would have to be the best lookout on the island with views virtually of the whole of the island. We head to the east coast to The Patriachs Reserve and learn of one mans dedication to save the Cape Barron Goose. We continue south to the bird sanctuary of Camerons Inlet and view Babel Island from the magnificent east coast beach.
Following breakfast, we travel to Whitemark for a chance to shop for a souvenir or two before heading to the airport to board the 11.55 am flight to Essendon arriving at 13.00pm. Upon arrival we board our coach for our journey home.