Today I got back from a work trip to Flinders Island. Yep, that’s right, I got PAID to go to Flinders Island. Not bad work if you can get it.
I haven’t been to Tasmania at all until now despite wanting to for a while. It gets a bit expensive when you spend all your money on music and dumb shit.
Flinders Island is like stepping back in time. One of the people I met described it as Byron Bay about 30 years ago. Don’t read that like it’s a negative. People actually say hello to you in the street and you wave to other drivers passing in the other direction. In fact, this wave is compulsory if you’re doing any driving on the island. It reminds me of when I was a kid and my Uncle would drive us into town. He’d ‘wave’ just by lifting his index finger slightly off the steering wheel. I gave that a try and it’s pretty easy so I recommend having a crack at it if you’re ever down that way.
Being a work trip I was disappointed that I didn’t get any time to look around but having seen the place for myself I reckon I’ll be back as a tourist for a decent sight-see. There are plenty of shipwrecks if you’re a diver which sadly I am not. I do however look forward to some of the many walking trails and probably a four-wheel-drive trip into the areas that are harder to get to.
I met some German tourists that had just come back from a helicopter flight around the island. They showed me some of their photos which backed up their story so a helicopter trip is on the list for me too.
I met Wendy who is the spitting image of my Aunty. She runs a cooking school – like my Aunty would have if she had lived in civilization. Like my Aunty, Wendy is a great cook – I guess you have to be to run a cooking school.
Also on the list for next time is the winery, probably after a tour through Strzelecki National Park. I think a week there will be perfect. Next time I won’t be paid to go to Flinders Island but I think I’ll enjoy it more, knowing that I can relax and take my time.