Friday, 3 April 2015
Who doesn't love an airline where the boarding passes are laminated and re-usable!
And so began our Flinders Island adventure. We were on the 8am flight from Launceston so we drove up from Hobart last night and stayed in luxury at a friend's place near the airport.
Our 20 seater flight was uneventful which is more than I can say about Andy and Alexa's flight this afternoon which was turned back after just a few minutes in the air. As I write this they are waiting to see if they can make it to the island on another plane tonight or whether they'll have to find somewhere to stay and wait until tomorrow.
After landing we were met by the cabin park owner who drove us the 30 seconds around to the cabin park where we also had a hire car waiting. It was a pretty cold morning (only 6 degrees when we landed) so we were pretty keen to head back out into the sun. We decided to go fossicking for Killiekrankie Diamonds on the northern part of the island - about 40k away.
After 5 minutes of driving it was obvious that Flinders Island is a very beautiful island. White beaches, clear green water. Beautiful granite boulders and cliffs. And no-one's here! It's amazingly empty but given there are normally only two flights a day and each one can carry 20 passengers, I guess it makes sense.
Anyway - we found a lot of things that looked like the 'diamonds' but turned out to be regular quartz. I'm 100% sure we'll find some before we go as we have our secret gold panning weapon with us. Jon.
By lunchtime we'd had enough fossicking and headed back to the cabin park to eat and plan our afternoon adventure.. the first of the three 60 great short walks that are on the island..