I’d positively name myself a metropolis individual, so when the chance arises to take a vacation or mini-break, I need to admit I are likely to gravitate in direction of busy locations – you realize, locations full of retailers, eating places, cultural sights and issues to occupy my busy thoughts (and a 5 12 months outdated!). It’s not usually I actively search out a slower-paced getaway.
However, that’s precisely what I signed up for just lately, when the chance to journey to Flinders Island popped up. It wasn’t a vacation spot I beforehand knew an amazing deal about… however, after the 12 months we’ve all had, I used to be extra that keen to throw warning to the wind, pack up my little household and test it out. And I’m so, so glad we did! This three-day getaway turned out to be certainly one of our most memorable household holidays ever.
Flinders Island is a 1,367 sq. kilometre island within the Bass Strait, off the north East coast of Tasmania. Right here, a tiny, tight-knit group of round 1000 individuals dwell the straightforward life, surrounded by idyllic pure magnificence. Actually, the life-style right here looks like a well-kept secret… The seashores are completely breathtaking, with crystal clear water and dramatic boulders flanking the shoreline, while the coastal walks and views are nothing wanting spectacular. Apart from this considerable pure magnificence, there’s a definite magic that comes from the island’s relaxed, sluggish tempo, its restricted cellphone reception and small-town quirks, and most of all, its heat, welcoming group.
Our accomodation was Wombat Lodge, which has a singular allure that takes a day or so to really start to know. On face worth, this farm keep property is a transformed shearing shed, positioned on an expansive working cattle farm, with sweeping views of Mt Killiecrankie. With moody interiors by Melbourne designer Emily Fitzgerald, this cosy, comfy three bed room retreat is the proper base from which to discover the island.
Nonetheless, what you DON’T realise till after checking in, is that this charming, but humble farm keep is positioned on an expansive 800+ hectare (ie ‘as-far-as-the-eye-can-see’) property, that backs proper onto the Northern-most tip of the island. A brief drive, stroll or e-bike trip to the sting of the property reveals a pristine glowing seashore inaccessible by public roads, and an elevated look-out spot that should be seen to be believed! It’s nearly unimaginable to consider this jaw-dropping surroundings isn’t the positioning of a nationwide park. It’s not – it’s the yard of our hosts, the pleasant Youl household – Jo, Tom and their three younger youngsters.
Jo’s nice grandfather purchased this farm (referred to as Quoin Farm) within the Thirties, and although she grew up in nation Victoria, Jo spent many childhood holidays right here alongside together with her siblings and cousins. So, when the chance got here to tackle the household farm and relocate right here – she couldn’t go it up! Now, she and her husband Tom are two of the island’s biggest champions.
Apart from working their massive cattle farm, the accomodation, and parenting three youngsters, Jo has additionally helped to develop Flinders Wharf, the island’s solely nice eating restaurant and occasion house. Right here, acclaimed Head Chef Mikey Yeo conjoures up an ever-changing menu of seasonal meals (native crayfish, sure please!), in a venue that additionally homes the Furneaux Distillery Co.
Flinders Island really received our hearts throughout our quick time right here, and we left fully refreshed, and in awe of the magic of this place. An enormous because of Jo and the Youl household for sharing their particular slice of paradise with us!
Lucy’s Flinders Island Favourites
Wombat Lodge – A transformed shearing shed turned cozy household vacation rental, this charming farm keep is greater than meets the attention. The magic of this place lies in its entry to ‘The Bar’ – a spectacular elevated look-out spot on the Northern fringe of the property, accessible solely to Wombat Lodge company.
Flinders Wharf – E book in early for dinner, or order an unbelievable cook-at-home meal, and revel in within the cosy confines of your vacation rental.
Killiecrankie Seashore – a pristine, glowing seashore round 10 minutes drive from Wombat Lodge.
Cate Cooks, Whitemark – Whitemark is Flinders Island’s tiny important city, not removed from the airport. It’s a ‘one grocery store, one petrol pump, one pub’ kind of place… and also you’ll positively have to cease right here for provisions earlier than heading to your vacation lodging. Don’t miss Cate Cooks – and wonderful little cafe / catering enterprise for excellent espresso, dwelling baked items and candy treats.
Distinctive Charters – For a birds eye view of the epic, untouched fantastic thing about Flinders Island, Distinctive Charters gives spectacular scenic flights by each helicopter and small aircraft, in addition to chartered flights throughout to mainland Tasmania.
Lucy travelled as a visitor of Wombat Lodge / On Island Time. Sharp Airways Fly direct from Essendon Airport, Melbourne to Flinders Island in just below an hour.
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