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.
The ideal starting point for the geotrail experience is the Furneaux Museum at Emita. Here you can see all the island rocks presented in the feature geology display.
The museum is also the gateway to the geological and cultural heritage of the Emita and Settlement Point area. Along the way out to the museum, you can take the side trip up to the Walkers Lookout [below] with its panoramic 360˚ views out over the island.
Our knowledge of the Furneaux Group's geology has been built up steadily over the past 250 years 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 expanded on from the 1870s onwards with several landmark reports and geological maps being produced in the 1940s.
Today the detailed geological map of the Furneaux Group provides a snapshot embracing generations of ongoing scientific research into the islands' geological heritage.
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