Flinders Island Tasmania
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|Flinders Island is the largest of the Furneaux group of islands which lie at the eastern end of Bass Strait separating Tasmania from Victoria. It is about 29 km wide at its widest point and 64 km long. It lies off the north-eastern tip of Tasmania, some 150km from Launceston.
The island is dominated by ridges of granite including Strezelecki Range and Mount Killiecrankie. The Killiecrankie diamond or Flinders Island topaz is a semi-precious mineral found alongside the granites of Killiecrankie Bay. Mostly colourless, pale blue or pink stones can also be found.
The island lies directly on the "Roaring Forties" and ferocious gales can blow for days on end. There are boat ramps all over the island, but do check the weather forecast before venturing out onto the ocean.
The island has many delightful deserted beaches. On the western beaches, you can often find rare paper nautilus shells, especially after autumn gales.
The island has a wealth of bush walking tracks, ranging from easy two-hour saunters to challenging all-day hikes in the mountains. And as you walk, you will find spectacular cliffs, towering ridges and stunning coastal views at every turn.
Take the Ecology Trail for a glimpse of five unique habitats on the island. By car, you can visit all the sites in one day, or take your time and enjoy each one for a little longer. There are several private museums on the island, as well as one run by the Historical Society.
The island is home to mutton birds and fur seals and you can view their colonies.
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