Discover the stories written in the landscape across Flinders Island and its surrounding Bass Strait archipelago along the Furneaux Geotrail.
Use the Geotrail as a companion guide to learn more about the places around you as you visit the island's most popular visitor attractions.
Look out for the Geotrail signage on your travels to help you explore the local geological heritage of Flinders Island.
Save this web-app to the home screen of your mobile device to provide easy one click access to a variety of further landscape information about the island's heritage hotspots.
There are ten geosites located across Flinders Island where you can explore and learn about the stories that define the landscape.
You can access more information about them via the interactive map here. Alternatively snap the QR code link when you encounter a trail node in your travels.
The best place to start any exploration of the heritage riches of the island is at the Furneaux Museum at Emita.
Located in the centre of Flinders Island right on Latitude 40˚S, the museum presents an acclaimed collection of artefacts and displays including featuring the rocks of the island group.
In March 1773, the H.M.S. Adventure under the command of Tobias Furneaux recorded the position of a series of islands in the waters between Cape Howe on the New Holland mainland and Van Dieman's Land to the south.
Having become separated from Capt Cook aboard the H.M.S. Resolution as they journeyed up from the southern ocean, Furneaux charted the east coast of Van Dieman's Land prior to breaking off eastwards to rejoin Cook in New Zealand.
Today Furneaux's charting of the group of islands that bear his name marks the start of 250 years of scientific exploration and discovery across the Furneaux Group.
Our knowledge of the Furneaux Group's geology has been built up steadily over the past two centuries thanks to the work of scientists and map makers.
A key highlight in this was the work Commander Stokes undertook on the HMS Beagle c.1841 to make a detailed chart of the islands of Bass Strait.
Accompanying him on this work around the Furneaux Group was the famous Polish scientist Count Strzelecki.
Strzelecki's initial geological observations were soon expanded on in the 1870s with several landmark reports and geological maps being produced.
Today the detailed geological map of the Furneaux Group provides a snapshot embracing generations of ongoing scientific research into the islands' geological heritage.
Read detailed accounts from the 250 years of research and discovery across the Furneaux Group of islands ...
Paweł Edmund de Strzelecki was a Polish explorer and scientist whose travels left an indelible mark on the history of both Tasmanian geology and Flinders Island.
In 1845 his geological map of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania was published along with an account of the physical descriptions of these places. In his book, Strzelecki noted that ...
"On the 13th January, 1842, I ascended, from the
westward, the highest peak of Flinders Island, which
Captain Stokes, of H.M. surveying ship the "Beagle"
has done me the honour of naming Strzelecki's Peak
The Furneaux Geotrail is an initiative of the Flinders Island community proudly supported by the Tasmanian Government.
To discover the full range of things to do on this remarkable Bass Strait island go to the visitflindersisland.com.au website.