Flinders Island lies off the northeast tip of Tasmania in the Bass Strait and is the largest of the Furneaux Group. It boasts rugged landscapes, granite peaks, beautiful beaches and headlands of granite boulders encrusted with orange lichen. Flinders Island is home to just under 1,000 people whose livelihood is closely linked to the sea. Wybalena on the island is the site of an enforced Aboriginal settlement from the 1800s and thecemetery and a restored chapel remain. The Emita Museum displays a range of Aboriginal artefacts as well as old sealing and sailing relics.
You can also visit the Strzelecki National Park where wildlife is plentiful and includes wallabies, pademelons, wombats, echidnas and brush-tail possums and the bird life is rich and varied. The island supports a variet of wildlife including the Cape Barren goose and the mutton bird. For divers there are many shipwrecks around the island, some clearly visible from the shore.
The island is named after Matthew Flinders, the English navigator who surveyed it in 1798. The main settlement is Whitemark on the west coast and the port is Lady Barron on the south coast.
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