THE ISLANDER WAY
The Flinders Island Story
THE ISLANDER WAY
The first thing you will notice, on Flinders and the Furneaux group of islands, is the breathtaking scenery. In every direction, what you see is like nothing else in the world.
It’s deeper than quiet beaches and coastlines, mountains and mist. These islands have a rich and dark history, and an intensely passionate community that wants to reckon with its past and build the right future together. No-one is here because it is the easiest place to live. Everyone is here because it is different. When something works on these islands it tends to be small and special. As the rest of the world chases growth, we chase meaning.
The core of our culture is to be true to who we are, to try to live on what can we find or grow on our rich land and in our waters, to support each other. When a crisis strikes one of us, it strikes all of us. Many of our family businesses have been here for generations, evolving yet never abandoning the spirit of this place. Artists and artisans are here to create and connect.
We have a complex relationship with change because we understand what it can bring. It’s different here and we make different invitations to visitors: for an unforgettable time on Flinders Island, learn to be one of us for a few days, a week, or the rest of your life. Slow down, get lost, co-contribute, connect.
Don’t try to change this place. Let this place change you.
The Furneaux Festival celebrates our Aboriginal history, our ancient and modern cultural traditions, our art, even our complications. Our Council and Community launched it as a gently provocative and intensely alternative to Australia Day – the first in the country.
Quiet is a word you will hear often on Flinders Island. The Tasmanian story is the quiet pursuit of the extraordinary, and on Flinders it is aged and distilled: quieter, harder, yet more rewarding, more mysterious, more connected, more complicated, more extraordinary.