November 11, 2011

Flinders Island Ecology Trail

The ecology trail is a network of five interesting locations in different regions of Flinders Island. At each site you will learn something new about the birds, animals, plants and land form of this region. All these sights can be visited in one day but we suggest that you do it over a couple of days taking in some sightseeing of other areas along the way. All these sights are located at the end of gravel roads and you will find signs to indicate the turn-offs from the main sealed roads.

1. Walker’s Lookout – From this high peak in the Darling Range, you’ll enjoy a 360 degree panorama. Signs point out all the land marks , from the Sister Islands in the far north to Mt Munro on Cape Barren Island in the south.

2. The Bluff – Chestnut teal and other water birds inhabit this tidal salt marsh, which is a pleasant beach walk from Whitemark. There is a spectacular view to Mt Strzlecki.

3. North East River – This tidal estuary is an important fish nursery and seabird habitat. Take time to explore a rock pool on the granite bluffs at Holloway Point.

4. Patriarch Inlet – Like all Furneaux Islands wetlands, this is important food source for migratory wading birds from the Northern Hemisphere.

5. Cameron Inlet – This is a breeding ground for black swan and duck populations. Take time to walk on the remote and expansive beach.

The figures below will give you a guide to the distance that this trail covers and the time you will need to allocate.

Whitemark to Walkers Lookout – 12km – 20mins

Walkers Lookout to The Bluff – 12km – 25mins

The Bluff to North East River – 53km – 50mins

North East River to Patriarch Inlet – 69km – 60min

Patriarch Inlet to Cameron Inlet – 31km – 40mins

Cameron Inlet to Whitemark – 37km – 45mins

Please take care of this beautiful island and its delicate environment by; driving only on formed roads and tracks, walk only on tracks, light no fires and leave no rubbish.

What to take.

A full tank of petrol, Map, camera, binoculars, lunch and a drink as there are no shops or drinking water at these sites.

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