Flinders Island

We sailed uneventfully , with the reef shaken out to the north side of Eddystone Point where a little cove called Picnic Bay gave us shelter for the night. Setting off at 0800  hrs to get the tide through Banks Strait, we under estimated how much tide we would get and for how long. It swept us past Spike Cove on Clarke Island , where we had originally planned to spend the night. With a bit of calculation we worked out the reversal would wash us in to the town of Lady Barron . This is the second largest town on FI. Bryan’s navigation and pilotage , was superb. We plonked onto a MAST mooring and headed off to the Furness Tavern. NO CRAYFISH. An outrage! The wallaby had been hopping around for a bit but was served in a lovely pepper berry jus. Today , we’re off in a car to see the islands sights. 

Justin delivered the car on time at the pier and we set off via coffee at the Lady Barron General Store. We drove up to the Telecom tower lookout which gave beautiful view over Franklin Sound to the east where the Pot Boil and Vansitaart Shoals then further north to the Partridge NP. Then to Trousers Point where a yacht from the VDLC ” Bomoh” was bouncing around on a MAST mooring. Further round in Fotheringale Bay, it was more sheltered and another yacht was entering the Bay but I couldn’t identify it. 

View over Lady Barren from the Telecom Tower Lookout.

The yacht “Bomoh” in Trousers Bay

Yacht in Fotheringale Bay

The gorgeous Killicrankie Bay and a fishing contraption they have there. 
Whitemark is the main town, with the Flinders Insland Interstate Hotel, Bowmans machinery workshop, the bakery, PO, Newsagent and supermarket. 2 galleries were closed. After a bakery lunch, we visited the Furneux Museum. This is a beautiful collection of artifacts and photos from the sealers , the fishers, the soldiers settlement farmers and mutton birders. I learnt that mutton bird oil was used medicinally and that the birds were packed in brine and exported …..to whom and eaten by whom I couldn’t guess. The feathers were used in down pillows. The aboriginal community still “birds” nowadays . 

View at sundown from the Furneux Tavern , Lady Barron.

What are these , my botanical friends?

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