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Flinders Island's only T-Qual Endorsed Accommodation
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Flinders Island Catering & Party Hire
For Weddings, Birthdays, Dinner Parties or any Special Occasion Vistas Providore Catering can cater for 2 to 200. Indoors or outdoors with a range of menus to choose from. Find out more about Flinders Island Party & Catering Hire.
Flinders Island Cabin Park & Car Hire Accommodation and Car Rental
FI Cabin Park & Car Hire is a multi purpose tourism business with a 3.5 AADR rating T.I.C.T. and T-Qual accreditation. It is the only T-Qual endorsed accommodation on FI. The Cabin Park provides quality accommodation and car hire - and also manages holiday packages that include campervan, kayak, bicycle, picnic, fishing, and fossicking gear hire. The Cabin Park is located on Flinders Island - 4 kilometres from the main township of Whitemark and only 300 metres to the main airport. In close vicinity to the park is the Bluff Track - a recently established walking & cycling track. The "Pat's River walk" starts approximately 400 metres from the park. The Cabin Park is set out on 2.5 acres of landscaped grounds which feature gardens that provide a peaceful & quiet atmosphere for guests to relax in. Seating is provided around the park allowing guests to enjoy the abundant bird life and the spectacular views across to Mt Strzelecki. Vegetables & herbs are planted in the gardens around the cabins. Fruit trees growing around the park include nectarine, apricot, apple, pear, fig and olive.
FI Car Hire at Reasonable Rates
Flinders Island Holiday Accommodation, Car Rental and Tour Packages
Flinders Island Cabin Park provides total Holiday Packages that include Accommodation, Half Day or Full Day Tours, Car, Campervan, Kayak, Bicycle, Picnic, Fishing and Fossicking Gear Hire. Contact us directly to put together a package that will enhance your Flinders Island Experience.
All Accommodation and Car Hire Bookings include Airport pick up and drop off
Flinders Island Cabin Park & Car Hire the first T-QUAL Endorsed Accommodation on Flinders Island.
Flinders Island Cabin Park and Car Hire is the first T-Qual Endorsed Accommodation on Flinders Island.
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Flinders Island Tours
Flinders Island Cabin Park and Car Hire is commencing Half Day and Full Day Tours in January 2014.Find out more about Flinders Island Tours
Flinders Island Photos
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FLINDERS ISLAND by Ian Rolfe Photography
Beautifully presented limited edition hard cover book with over 160 full page photos of Flinders Island. Signed by the author the perfect gift or Flinders Island memento.
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Flinders Island Holiday Cabins
The Flinders Island Cabin Park is the first choice for easy self-catering Flinders Island holiday accommodation that delivers the peace and relaxation one expects from a special holiday destination in Tasmania plus the benefit of Flinders Island Car Rental and Flinders Island Bicycle Rental. Flinders Island Cabin Park provides a variety of Flinders Island Self Contained Accommodation from basic Queen bed or two single bed cabins to 1 and 2 bedroom ensuite cabins. Catering for individuals, families and groups Flinders Island Cabin Park has accommodation to suit every budget.
Accommodation and Car Hire Reviews and Comments
We want all of our guests to enjoy their stay with us and pass their experience on to all that are thinking of visiting Flinders Island. Read what our guests have to say about their visit to Flinders Island...Flinders Island Cabin Park and Car Hire reviews.
A cosy, fully self contained 2 bedroom cottage perfect for couples or a family. Find out more about our Flinders Island Cottage.
Cabin 4 has been completely renovated and extended to become our first Deluxe Cabin. With extra space, all new fittings, a queen bed, your own private courtyard with outdoor setting, BBQ and chimenia Cabin 4 provides you with many extras that you would only expect to find at a far more expensive venue. Find out more about our Flinders Island Cabin Park Deluxe Cabin.
Whether your group's leisure activity is: Walking, Fishing, Bird Watching, Photography, Hunting, Fossicking, we have accommodation and amenities to suit all needs. Our BBQ and Community Area provides a place for the group to meet and exchange accounts of the day's events.
Flinders Island Cabin Park also offers visitors a range of Flinders Island Rental Cars to explore this spectacular island of mountains in the sea. The car rental fleet is made up of sedans, station wagons, AWD auto and manual available.
Discover Flinders Island by car.
AWD Hire on Flinders Island
The average rental car will get you to about 90% of Flinders Island. If you want to see the other special secret places you will need an AWD. Flinders Island Cabin Park and Car Hire offer a range of vehicles including AWD. Not every road on the island is permitted for travel in the rental vehicles, but you will get access to some of the most beautiful out of the way places that too many visitors miss.
Don't miss The Dock
The Dock is a truly spectacular part of Flinders Island. Unusual rock formations, rock outcrops and secluded beaches are just some of the features of The Dock. Click on the link to find out more about The Dock
Flinders Island Road Map
Flinders Island has over 460 kilometres of roads, use this Flinders Island road Map to help you plan how you are going to explore this spectacular island of mountains in the sea.
Hire a Flinders Island Campervan and explore Flinders Island at your own pace and leisure. With numerous camping spots already mapped out for you to stop in you can enjoy the absolute peace and tranquillity in the comfort of your own mobile home.
Discover Flinders Island by campervan.
Kayak Hire on Flinders Island
Kayak Hire is available from The Flinders Island Cabin Park and Car Hire. Explore over 30 kilometres of Flinders Island coastline. We provide all safety gear and maps so that you can get the most out of your day paddling on Flinders Island. Go to a remote secluded beach for a picnic or BBQ. Take a fishing rod and head to a secret spot that isn't accessable by land. The possibilities are endless.
Kayak Hire Rates
Tandem Kayak with all safety equipment $40.00 per day.
Car and Kayak Rental
We have set some of our vehicles up to transport the Kayaks. Now you can transport your kayak to many places to set out on your kayaking expedition.
More information on the kayaks will be on the site very soon. Want more information? Send us an email from the Contact Us page
Flinders Island Cabin Park now offers guests Mountain Bike Hire. You can hire a bike and tour from the park or take advantage of our car and bicycle rental packages. With the bikes on the bike carrier you can explore anywhere on the island that you wish.
Discover Flinders Island by Bike.
Fossicking on Flinders Island.
Flinders Island is the home of the Killiecrankie Diamond take a look at our Fossicking Page to find out more.
Picture of Killiecrankie Diamonds.
See the haul of Killiecrankie Diamonds that two of our guests found during their stay with us.
see the 710 carat Killiecrankie Diamond that one of our guests found during their stay with us.
Walking and Hiking on Flinders Island
Flinders Island has over 50 fabulous walks that allows the visitor to get right amongst the island's magnificent natural beauty.Our Walking and Hiking page is still under development so keep a close eye on it. Click on the link for more information on Walking & Hiking on Flinders Island
Walks from the Cabin Park
Walk out the front gate of the park and head straight to Pat's River Walk. An easy walk that takes in River and Coastal scenary as well as Magnificent views of Mt Strzlecki.
Flinders Island Cabin Park has a 6 hole Mini Golf course. Check out the course details Flinders Island Mini Golf.
Flinders Island Cabin Park has Fishing Gear for hire. We provide you with maps and advice on where to go and what to catch, the rest is easy.
Flinders Island Cabin Park and Car Hire Guest Page
Read what our guests have to say and see their photos of Flinders Island from their visit to Flinders Island.
Getting to Flinders Island by air
Only 35 minutes from Launceston, and 70 minutes from Melbourne, Flinders Island has regular air services from Essendon and Launceston. How to fly to Flinders Island on Sharp Airlines and all flight information.
Fly to Flinders Island with Sharp Airlines
Sharp Airlines operate flights from Essendon (Melbourne) and Launceston on a regular basis for bookings phone Sharp Airlines 1300 55 66 94
Getting to Flinders Island by sea
There is a sea service which caters for passengers and vehicles once a week from Bridport. Sail to Flinders Island
FI Photo Gallery
The Flinders Island Museum
The Furneaux Museum is located at Emita aproximately 14 kilometres north of Whitemark. No visit to FI would be complete without a tour of The Furneaux Museum which showcases the remarkable history of FI and the Furneaux reagion. Even more extrordinary is the fact that the museum is run entirely by volunteers. Go to our FI Museum Page for more information about The Furneaux Museum.
Len Beadell's Legacy, Australia's Atomic Bomb and Rocket Roads by Ian Bayly
Written by Flinders Island Author Ian Bayly. Go to the Len Beadell's Legacy page to find out more.
Flinders Island DiveOperating now for over 30 years by diving instructor Mike Nichols, it offers a range of activities for the diver and holiday maker.
For information on Snorkelling and Diving Charters on Flinders Island go to our Snorkelling and Diving Page.
FI Dive operates an 11.3 metre steel displacement vessel 'Bass Pyramid', built on the island and launched in 1988. This roomy vessel has enabled the business to cater to a whole range of offshore excursions. The vessel operates from Port Davies at Emita, cruising around many of the offshore islandsDiving, both snorkelling and scuba, can take you to a range of superb locations around FI depending on your interests.
How to get to Flinders Island from Melbourne
Sharp Airlines fly out of Essendon 3 times a week to FI. Charter operators fly to FI on a regular basis so if you have a group or need to get here when there are no regular flights call us for more information
How to get to Flinders Island from Tasmania
Sharp Airlines have flights to FI every day of the week from Launceston. The FI flights leave from the Sharp Airlines terminal which is nest door to the main Launceston terminal..
Book your FI Flight Here
Where is Flinders Island?
Flinders Island is located in Bass Strait between Tasmania and mainland Australia
FI's Secret PlacesTHE DOCK
Situated at the end of a 4WD only road many visitors miss this beautiful area of FI. If you would like more information on The Dock and how to get there send us an email or give us a call.
Flinders Island Information
For all the information you might ever need about FI go to our Flinders Island Information Page
Find the answers to frequently asked questions FI FAQs
Flinders Island Weather
Click on the link to view the 7 day Weather forecast at the Elders Weather Site.
For tide and wave reports go to Willy's Weather
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About Flinders Island
Flinders Island is an historically significant Island at the eastern end of Bass Strait between north eastern Tasmania and Wilson's Promontory on the mainland. It is the largest of the 52 Islands in the Furneaux group.
Its geography ranges from high granite mountains to long sandy beaches to fertile farmland and wide lagoons - all teeming with wildlife.
Flinders Island offers many opportunities for bird watchers, photographers, rock climbers, divers, topaz fossickers, hikers, and fishermen.
There are numerous shipwrecks and a rich history that dates back to its discovery by Europeans with the wreck of the ship "Sydney Cove" in 1797. The people of FI are proud of their history, and as a visitor it's easy to become part of the population of around 700 that make up the towns of Whitemark and Lady Barron, and the little settlements of Emita and Killiecrankie. You'll find people who still have time to stop and chat. It's an island with a rich heritage, both sad and boisterous. The first Europeans were rough and ready sealers who hunted fur seals to near extinction. And the island's rocky shores and hidden reefs caused many a ship to founder and sink. At Wybalenna, 160 Aboriginal people, relocated from mainland Tasmania in 1833, longed for their homeland. By 1847 the settlement was abandoned and the 45 remaining people were returned to a settlement at Oyster Cove, south of Hobart. The island was first identified by Europeans when Tobias Furneaux, the commander of Captain Cook's support ship, became separated from the Endeavour in fog and discovered the Furneaux group of islands on 19 March 1773.
The Furneaux Group contains more than fifty islands, and is situated in eastern Bass Strait through latitude 40s to Tasmania's north-east. Isolation, a turbulent history and a free-spirited independence add a unique flavour to the group's largely unspoiled natural beauty. The Group contains 1992 square kilometres with a population in 2003 of 934, and the three largest islands are Flinders, Cape Barren and Clarke. Major industries are fishing, stock rearing and tourism. Access is by air and sea. Flinders has two main towns: Whitemark, the administrative and commercial centre, and Lady Barron, its fishing centre and main port. The Furneaux have a maritime climate but are subject to strong winds, the Roaring Forties. Mountainous granite backbones support extensive lowlands. There is a wide variety of wildlife and over 150 bird species, including the mutton bird and Cape Barren goose. For many species of flora and fauna FI is the southernmost habitat of Australia, for others the northernmost habitat. There is evidence of Aboriginal occupation over 4000 years ago, but the Group was named for Captain Tobias Furneaux who sighted some of the islands in 1773 and thought they were part of mainland Australia. Early European-based events greatly influenced the history of Australia. The first shipwreck of a merchant vessel in 1797 and subsequent rescue of the survivors of the Sydney Cove from Preservation Island led to the establishment of the first permanent settlement south of Sydney in 1798 at Kent Bay, Cape Barren Island, by sealers who provided Australia's first export industry of sealskins and oil. Matthew Flinders was involved in the rescue and this fired his interest. Further exploration with George Bass confirmed the existence of Bass Strait, which greatly shortened voyages to New South Wales. The survival of Tasmania's Aboriginal people was assisted by enforced participation in the sealers' (later called Straitsmen) society by Aboriginal women from mainland Tasmania and Australia. From 1831 to 1847, Wybalenna on FI operated as a base for survivors of Tasmanian Aboriginal tribes. Gradually European pioneers came to the Furneaux, George Boyes being the first official settler on FI in 1889. By the 1920s, rural industries included fishing, mutton birding, dairying and sheep. The Land Settlement Scheme from 1951 into the 1960s saw a large population increase and the opening up of FI's eastern side with a population shift from the Outer Islands FI was first colonised at least 35,000 years ago, when people made their way across the then-land bridge which is now Bass Strait. A population remained until about 4,500 years ago, succumbing to thirst and hunger following an acute El Niño climate shift. Some of the south-eastern islands of the Furneaux Group were first recorded in 1773 by British navigator Tobias Furneaux, commander of HMS Adventure, the support vessel with James Cook on Cook's second voyage. In February 1798 British navigator Matthew Flinders charted some of the southern islands, using one of the schooner Francis' open boats. Later that year, Flinders returned and finished charting the islands in the Norfolk, he then went on to complete the first circumnavigation of Tasmania (1798-99), accompanied by George Bass, proving Tasmania to be an island separated from the Australian mainland by Bass Strait, later named in honour of George Bass. James Cook named the islands Furneaux's Islands, after Tobias Furneaux. Flinders named the largest island in the group "Great Island". He also named a group of mountains on FI, the "Three Patriarchs". The small island just to the east, Flinders named "Babel Island" from the noises made by the seabirds there. Phillip Parker King later named the largest island FI, after Matthew Flinders. There are three islands named "Flinders' Island"-the large island on the east side of Bass Strait, named by Phillip Parker King; an island in the Investigator Group of South, named by Matthew Flinders after his young brother Samuel Flinders (midshipman on the Investigator); and an island in the Flinders Group north of Cooktown, Queensland was named after Matthew Flinders. In the late 18th century, the island was frequented by sealers and Aboriginal women, the majority of who had been kidnapped from their mainland tribes. Seal stocks soon collapsed, causing the last sealing permit to be issued in 1828. Many sealers' families chose to stay in the Furneaux Group, subsisting on cattle grazing and mutton birding. From 1830, the remnants of the Tasmanian Aboriginal population were exiled to Settlement Point (or Wybalenna, meaning Black Man's House) on FI. These 160 survivors were deemed to be safe from white settlers here, but conditions were poor, and the relocation scheme was short-lived. In 1847, after a campaign by the Aboriginal population against their Commandant, Henry Jeanneret, which involved a petition to Queen Victoria, the remaining 47 Aboriginals were again relocated, this time to Oyster Cove Station, an ex-convict settlement 56 kilometres south of Tasmania's capital, Hobart, where Truganini, the last full-blood Tasmanian Aborigine, died in 1876. From the late 19th century freehold land was given out, but it was not until the 1950s that a proper settlement scheme was initiated, mainly drawing settlers from mainland Tasmania and central New South Wales to FI's eastern shore. The Municipality of FI was instituted in 1903. The island forms part of the state of Tasmania, and part of the Municipality of FI local government area. FI is only one of the many islands included in the Municipal area. Of these islands FI is the only island with more than one permanent settlement, and is by far the largest in the Furneaux Group. The island is about 62 km from north to south, and 37 km from east to west. With a total land area of 1,333 km². Mount Strzelecki in the south west is the island's highest peak at 756 m. About a third of the island is mountainous and rugged with ridges of granite running the length of the island. The coastal areas are dominated by sandy deposits often taking the shape of dunes. Many coastal lagoons punctuate the eastern shore, formed by dunes blocking further drainage. This drainage is mainly provided by many small streams, few of them permanently flowing directly leading to the waters of Bass Strait or such a lagoon. The coastal areas are mainly covered in scrub or shrubs, whereas the vegetation at a higher elevation consists of woodland, mainly eucalyptus species. The total number of plant species in the Furneaux Group well exceeds 800, showing the great biodiversity of its ecosystem. Animal species include Bennett's Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus), Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae), Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris), Eastern Pygmy Possum (Cercartetus nanus), Potoroo (Potorous apicalis), Common Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus), Tasmanian Pademelon (Thylogale billardierii), and Cape Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus). The area surrounding Mount Strzelecki in the south west of the island constitutes Strzelecki National Park. The island also supports a population of feral turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo).
A 30 km2 tract of land on the island, lying mainly to the north and east of Whitemark, has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it contains three breeding colonies of the endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote and habitat used by Flame Robins. It also supports populations of several of Tasmania's restricted-range endemic bird species, including the Green Rosella, Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Black-headed Honeyeater, Strong-billed Honeyeater, Tasmanian Thornbill, Black Currawong and Dusky Robin. A 187 km2 strip of land extending the full 70 km length of FI's eastern coastline has also been identified as an IBA. Important Bird Area FI it supports small numbers of Fairy Terns, large numbers of Hooded Plovers and over 1% of the world populations of Chestnut Teal, Pied Oystercatchers and Sooty Oystercatchers.
The centrally located the Cabin Park provides the ideal base from which to explore the island.
The Flinders Island Cabin Park consists of 8 comfortable brick cabins set in park like surroundings. It has about 30 beds and can cater for individuals or groups. Guests are met at the Whitemark airport and provided with a map and given advice on where to go and what to see depending on their individual interests.
All cabins have cooking facilities including all cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, stove and fridge plus a television in the room. Linen and towels are also provided.
Services offered include: Rental cars, Campervan Hire, Mountain Bike Hire, Picnic Packs, BBQ Packs, guests laundry, gas barbecue, sieves and shovels for topaz hunting, fishing rods and a chest freezer for the catch.
The cabin park is 5 minutes walk to Whitemark airport, 1 km from the beach and 4 km from the main town of Whitemark.
Whitemark is a town of approximately 200 people and provides most of the services for the island including: Online access centre, pub, golf club, supermarket with eftpos, bakery, butchers shop, Westpac banking agency, post office, hospital and doctors surgery, art gallery, petrol outlets and newsagency.
For more information and ideas phone or email Marg & Greg.
More FI Information can be found on the Just Tasmania website Flinders Island Information.
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