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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
FI TCRACTAdver t 21022. pdf Page 1 27/ 08/ 11, 11: 50 AM The beauty of Flinders Island is that you set the pace you want – and that’s easy when there’s ever y kind of outdoor activity you can think of. If you’re into water sports you might start with a swim or a snorkel in the turquoise waters of your own private lagoon. You will be amazed how warm and clear the water is as you dive dow n to discover one of the island’s many shipwrecks. The fish-life is prolific and there’s always an unexpected surprise for seafood lovers – crayfish and abalone are abundant in these waters. Then there’s the amazing fishing – whether you cast into the surf on the east coast, Step into a different world on Flinders Island drop a line from the Lady Barron jetty or take a charter boat around the outer islands or out to the continental shelf, the fish never stop biting! The waters around Flinders Island are among the richest fishing grounds in the nation. Flinders Island’s unique scenic beauty, with mountain ranges and spectacular coastlines, creates plenty of energetic and passive pursuits. There’s a host of graded and well-marked bushwalking tracks through the mountains or along the shoreline; there are challenging rock faces and overhangs for climbers; there’s a wealth of magnificent landscapes for painters and photographers; and there are wonderful opportunities for surfers, divers and kayakers too. If you enjoy seeing native wildlife that still roam free in the natural habitat, Flinders Island has rich populations of native animals and birds. Between December and February each year, take an evening cruise in Franklin Sound and be astounded by the millions of mutton birds swooping low as they return to their nests on the outer islands at sunset. Saturday 14 January 2012 will be a wonderful day to be on Flinders – book your trip now and experience that unique Flinders Island event, Music in the Vines. It started as a way of saying thank you to the locals for their support of Unavale Winery – and it has become an annual event enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Last year, Cameron Tapp of ‘Famous Tasmanians’ was the guest star for the day, along with local bands. Escaping to Flinders Island is taking a step back in time to a place that has no traffic lights, no parking meters, no crowds, no noise, no stress. Just the clearest starry nights, the cleanest air and the sheer bliss of unwinding and relaxing in a truly beautiful and peaceful setting, abundant with nature’s gifts. October / November 2011 81
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