Climate and Geography
The sea moderates the climate of the Furneaux Islands. Cooler than
Melbourne in the summer and unexpectedly warmer than Melbourne in the
winter. On Flinders Island, we have more sunny days than the Gold Coast.
can come in from distant oceanic storms, creating dramatic effects on
the headlands of Trousers Point facing the West, or sometimes on the
eastern side of the Island. Winds can in the autumn be high but usually
abate after a day. Flinders has a reputation for being windy, but in
actual fact, is less windy than the western islands of Tasmania and
even the western part of the mainland. It is definitely 'windy' about
10% of the time.
Flinders Island has a backbone of granite,
peaking at Strzelecki and continuing through the Darling Ranges. This
range extends south into eastern Tasmania and north into the Mornington
Peninsula, Victoria. This backbone sweeps down into rich wide
agricultural plains in the east and a narrower plain in the west.
highest peaks of the region are Mt. Strzelecki on Flinders Island which
rapidly rises from the sea to 756 m, its lesser peaks of Belstead and
Razorback, and Mt. Munro on Cape Barren Island to 687 m.
of our geological treasures is the "Killiecrankie Diamond". Not a true
diamond, the Killiecrankie Diamond is actually a hard form of topaz.
These "diamonds" can be fossicked for along certain beaches and gullies
on Flinders and Prime Seal Islands, among others.