Distil Tasmania into an even smaller parcel and you have Flinders Island, the largest of the 52 Furneaux Group islands that sprinkle the eastern edge of Bass Strait. The island is the remains of the land bridge that connected Tasmania with mainland Australia 10,000 years ago, with coastlines resembling the Bay of Fires and granite mountains that could have been borrowed from the Freycinet Peninsula.
Sparsely populated and naturally gorgeous, Flinders is a rural community that lives mostly from fishing and agriculture. For visitors there’s great bushwalking, copious wildlife, fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, snorkelling, diving and safe swimming in its curvaceous bays. Or you can spend a few leisurely hours combing the beaches for elusive Killiecrankie diamonds (topaz, technically) and nautilus shells.