King and Flinders Islands

“Scenic Jewels of Bass Strait”

King and Flinders Islands, the underestimated neighbours of Bass Straight, sometimes referred to as the chalk and cheese isles, for the chalky white beaches of Flinders Island and the famous cheeses from King Island. You won't believe how much there is to see, experience, taste, learn and do on these two small, scenic, unique and vastly different island paradises.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • King Island highlights
    • Seal Rocks State Reserve and Grassy fishing harbour
    • Melbourne Bay and Sea Elephant Bay
    • Fairy Penguins of King Island 
    • Yellow Rock River and b-Beach
    • Penny Lake – one of only three suspended lakes in the world
    • Cape Wickham Lighthouse
    • King Island Dairy
  • Northern Tasmania highlights
    • Wynyard and Burnie
    • Table Cape Tulips
  • Flinders Island highlights
    • Vinegar Hill Lookout – view Franklin Sound and Cape Barren Island
    • Whitemark township
    • Walker Hill lookout – 306-degree views of islands
    • Patriarch Sanctuary
    • North East River district
    • World War II Surveillance site at Palana
    • Killiecrankie Beach
    • Virieux Collection and Fotheringate Point 
Departing
01/10/2019
Duration
7 Days
Maximum Tour Size
12
Physical Rating
Moderate level of fitness is required – walking (some uneven ground) and stairs.
Transport
Island Bus

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Day 1: Tuesday 1 October 2019
Toowoomba - Melbourne – King Island
Your adventure to the beautiful Bass Strait Islands begins with a home pickup within Toowoomba and transfer to Wellcamp Airport where you’ll board Air North for a direct flight to Melbourne. On arrival in Melbourne transfer to Essendon Airport for your Sharp Airlines flight to King Island.  With its spectacular rugged beauty, the island was discovered in the late 1800's and in the early years claimed many lives in the countless shipwrecks around the island.  Legend has it that the grass seeds from those shipwrecks gave rise to the lush pastures, which now produce their world-famous beef and cheese.  Flinders Island was first inhabited at least 35,000 years ago, when people made their way from Australia across the then - land bridge which is now Bass Strait. The environment, which was home to sealers and soldier settlers, is now enjoyed by visitors who have come to enjoy the mountains, wildlife and clear sapphire waters.  After arriving on King Island, travel to our accommodation for the next three nights.  Meals: D
Accommodation: The Boomerang by the Sea on King Island (3 nights)

Day 2: Wednesday 2 October 2019
Calcified Forest – Grassy – Naracoopa - Penguins
Visit Seal Rocks State Reserve at the southern tip of the island, home to a calcified forest. Follow the walking track to the viewing platform overlooking the 7,000-year-old remains of an ancient forest revealed when the lime-laden sand, which had covered and preserved its stumps, trunks and branches, was blown away. Next stop is Grassy which boomed with the scheelite mine from 1970 until it closed in 1990 but is due to reopen soon. Grassy is also a popular deep-water fishing harbour and home to King Island Kelp Craft, where they have perfected a method of drying and manipulating the kelp so that the finished product gives the effect of fashioned leather or ceramics. Travel to the east coast past City of Melbourne Bay to Naracoopa and admire the white sandy beaches of Sea Elephant Bay. After our evening meal we return to Grassy to view the fairy penguins at dusk as they parade to their nests. Return to Currie, watching out for more wildlife. Remember to take a warm jacket as the night air can become quite cool. Meals: BLD

Day 3: Thursday 3 October 2019
Penny’s Lagoon - Cape Wickham - King Island Cheese
As we travel north today, watch out for wild turkeys crossing the road, peacocks, geese and ringneck pheasants feeding in roadside paddocks. View the Yellow Rock River and the panoramas of Christmas and New Year Islands from Yellow Rock Beach. Visit Penny’s Lagoon, a suspended lake (one of only three in the world).  Continue to beautiful Martha Lavinia Beach where the miles of pale sand is a drawcard for surfers, fishermen and shell collectors. Standing proudly at the northernmost tip of the Island, Cape Wickham Lighthouse, built in 1861 using local granite, is the tallest lighthouse in the Southern hemisphere. Reflect on the heartbreak of shipwrecks as you view the gravestones of the crews of the “Neva” and “Loch Leven” and gaze out across Bass Strait at the distant wreck sites. During the return to Currie visit the world-renowned King Island Dairy for an opportunity to taste the speciality cheese in the Fromagerie, and purchase from the range of delicious prize-winning dairy products. Relax at your accommodation tonight and enjoy the sunset across the water during dinner. Meals: BLD

Day 4: Friday 4 October 2019
Farewell King Island - Northern Tasmania - Fly to Flinders
After breakfast, farewell King Island and fly to Tasmania. On arrival at the Wynyard airport be escorted to the coach by your friendly coach captain and enjoy a leisurely day touring through Northern Tasmania. Travel along the coast past historic villages, rich farmland and the hinterland as we make our way to the Launceston Airport. Here we will catch an afternoon flight to Flinders Island, passing over many of the islands of the Furneaux group. On arrival at Whitemark, our tour operator will take us to Lady Barron via Vinegar Hill Lookout with views of the islands in the Franklin Sound with the backdrop of Cape Barren Island. Afterwards we will check in at Furneaux Tavern for the next three nights. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Furneaux Tavern on Flinders island (3 nights)

Day 5: Saturday 05 October 2019
Trousers Point – Whitemark – Lookouts - Wildlife
Spend time exploring the beaches at Fotheringate Point where we enjoy morning tea before heading to Trousers Point. This area is the most photographed on the island with crystal clear waters, wide expanses of white sand, and a mountain rising from the ocean. Travel to the main township of Whitemark to spend some free time to explore the local shops and have lunch at the Interstate Hotel. This afternoon, travel to the spectacular Walkers Hill lookout with 360 deg views over the islands. Visit Patriarch Sanctuary, located on the East Coast of Flinders Island, which was established in the late 1970s to protect the Cape Barren Goose. Here we can feed the wallabies, pademelons, echidnas and geese before returning to our accommodation.  Meals: BLD

Day 6: Sunday 06 October 2019
Palana – Killiecrankie – Wybalenna - Furneaux Museum
This morning, pass via Castle Rock to North East River for a short walk around the beautiful estuary then visit the island's northernmost hamlet of Palana and the site of the World War II surveillance station. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Killiecrankie and take a walk along the bay in search of the famous Killiecrankie diamond. Stop at Wybalenna where you can learn about the resettling of the Tasmanian Aborigines, between 1833 and 1847, and discover their sad fate. Spend time at the Furneaux Museum and discover the stories behind the early shipwrecks before visiting Allports Beach for afternoon tea. Return to Furneaux Tavern for a rest before dinner.  Meals BLD

Day 7: Monday 7 October 2019
Flinders Island – Melbourne – Toowoomba
After breakfast, transfer to the airport whilst taking our last look at Flinders Island. Fly to Essendon Airport before transferring to Tullamarine Airport for our flight to Brisbane where Stonestreets Travel will be waiting to transfer you back to Toowoomba and home. Meals B

Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Transport: Island Bus 

Flights: 

Includes 6 Economy Flights:

  • Air North: Wellcamp – Melbourne
  • Sharp Airlines: Essendon to King Island
  • Sharp Airline: King Island to Burnie (Tasmania)
  • Sharp Airlines: Launceston to Flinders Island
  • Sharp Airlines: Flinders Island – Essendon
  • Qantas: Melbourne – Brisbane

Accommodation: 

  • 6 Nights in Motel Accommodation
    3 Nights - King Island
    3 Nights - Flinders Island

Activities:

Entry to all attractions and National Parks as per itinerary

  • King Island highlights 
    • Seal Rocks State Reserve and Grassy fishing harbour
    • Melbourne Bay and Sea Elephant Bay
    • Fairy Penguins of King island 
    • Yellow Rock River and b-Beach
    • Penny Lake – one of only three suspended lakes in the world
    • Cape Wickham Lighthouse
    • King Island Dairy
  • Northern Tasmania highlights
    • Wynyard and Burnie
    • Table Cape Tulips
  • Flinders Island highlights
    • Vinegar Hill Lookout – view Franklin Sound and Cape Barren Island
    • Whitemark township
    • Walker Hill lookout – 306-degree views of islands
    • Patriarch Sanctuary
    • North East River district
    • World War II Surveillance site at Palana
    • Killiecrankie Beach 

What our Guests had to say about our last King and Flinders Island tour:

  • I loved the pure rawness. Everyone was so friendly and willing to share their Island with us - Marion
  • 3 Days on King and 3 on Flinders was just right. - Ruth

Our Guests Rated this tour: 9.6/10 (7 Reviews)

Departing
01/10/2019
Duration
7 Days
Maximum Tour Size
12
Physical Rating
Moderate level of fitness is required – walking (some uneven ground) and stairs.
Transport
Island Bus
Price
AUD $5,595
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